Romania loses at the European Court of Human Rights, must compensate Roma family for police brutality
The European Court of Human Rights has instructed Romania to pay compensation to the Lingurar family, whose members were injured by a brutal intervention committed against them by police officers. The incident occurred in the early morning hours of 15 December 2011 in the town of Vâlcele in western Romania.
The family is to be paid EUR 49 000 total in compensation. According to a news item about the judgment publicized by the court, the officers broke down the front door to the Lingurar home when the family were asleep.
Police pushed four people from their beds to the floor and began beating them. Some officers were wearing balaclavas and were members of Special Forces.
The officers then took two male family members into the courtyard and beat them further. They were then taken to the station for interrogation and released the next day after being fined for allegedly harvesting timber illegally.
The family was then treated in a nearby hospital for the injuries they sustained and, according to the medical reports, their injuries had been caused by some sort of heavy objects, most probably nightsticks. At the time of the incident the family was unarmed, and none of its members had ever been convicted of any violent crimes in the past.
According to the court, there was no reason for the police to proceed against them so brutally. In 2012 the family filed a crime report against the officers involved, but the courts in Romania refused to consider the case more than once, saying there was not enough evidence.
A change in the case did not come until 2014, when it reached the European Court of Human Rights. That court found the case admissible and has ruled that the assault by the officers was brutal and unacceptable in a country that has adopted the European Convention on Human Rights.
The court also rejected the police version of events, which claimed the Romani people were intervened against because they had "resisted arrest". It has also been demonstrated that the brutal attack was racially motivated, as the police assumed the family would be criminals just because of their ethnic origin.
Moreover, according to the court, what is termed "institutional racism", or racism committed by state bodies, is something that happens in Romania, and this case was an example of it. The proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights lasted five years, but the family has now emerged victorious.
The court has instructed the state to pay each injured family member EUR 11 700 for non-pecuniary damages and another EUR 2 251 to cover the costs and expenditures associated with bringing their lawsuit. Overall there were approximately 85 officers deployed during the brutal raid on the Romani community in the town of Vâlcele who assaulted other Romani residents there besides the Lingurar family in a very brutal way.
- Former Czech Justice Minister slated to become Czech Government Human Rights Commissioner
- Czech Govt Human Rights Commissioner steps down
- Czech courts definitively acquit publisher of Salafist book of promoting a movement against human rights
- Complaint against racist election campaign in Czech town heads to the European Court of Human Rights
- European Court of Human Rights: Slovakia did not sufficiently investigate racial motivation of shooting six years ago
- Romania: 900 protest recent violence against Roma in Italy and Ukraine, more demonstrations in other European countries to follow
- Feminist Roma theater company celebrates the abolition of Roma slavery in Romania
- Romania: Romani Actresses Shine a Spotlight on Feminism
- Stano Daniel: Will a renovated nursery school have to close in Romania? Support for Romani child development is crucial
- Romania: Ethnic Hungarian mob commits arson against Romani children accused of stealing
- International Romani Union says offer to help Trump came from Rom facing traditional community justice procedure in Romania
- Austria: Arson attacks against Romani families from Romania
- European Court of Human Rights: Freedom of speech does not include Holocaust denial
- Romanian film "Aferim!", set during era of Roma slavery, discusses various forms of honor
- Romania: Yet another vulnerable Roma community evicted in the capital
- Romania: Cif ad campaign gets rid of offensive, racist graffiti
- Romania: Self-appointed king of the Roma announces virtual currency
- Romanian Court Judgment Affirms the Responsibility of Authorities to Provide Adequate Housing to Evicted Romani Community
- Romanian President fined for racist remarks about Roma
- Romanian defenders of Roma: French President inciting racism
- Roma are EU citizens too, Romanian President says
- Germany: Bavarian CSU continues crusade against immigrants from Bulgaria and Romania
- Citizens of Bulgaria and Romania can now work EU-wide, London fears influx of Roma
- France, Romania sign treaty on repatriating Romani people who overstay
- Czech restaurant chain apologizes to Romani musician for refusal of service
- Czech town sees street fight, mayor writes about the "gypsy nuisance" - then ignores other violence involving non-Romani people
- Czech candidate shocked when online haters targeted her two-year-old
- Czech Police charge adults who assaulted Romani children with three felonies including racial defamation
- Czech restaurant says reservations, not racism, were why a Romani group was not seated despite empty tables
- Pope Francis apologizes to Romani people, asks forgiveness for discrimination, mistreatment and segregation
- Winner of Czech-Slovak singing competition "The Voice" subjected to racist attacks online
- Czech court acquits football hooligans accused of assaulting dark-skinned man on Prague tram, prosecutor appeals
- Czech Senator compares environmental, gender equality, multiculturalism advocacy to racism and totalitarianism at Holocaust site
- Italy: Almost 1 000 Roma and Sinti march in Milan on Romani Resistance Day
- Pope stands up for Romani people attacked by (neo)Fascists in Rome who threatened rape
- Report from Prague's anti-EU demonstration: The little guys on all sides