Roma Rights Advocacy

'We don't want welfare, but jobs'

There is no bad work, the important thing is to have a job. This is what a young man from Hétes settlement talks about, in our video.

They just watched as the houses collapsed

Out of the non-Roma people, only the mayor helped the Gypsies living in flooded houses in Sáta settlement, Borsod county, Hungary, in the defensive measures against the flood. All the other deputies stood back, and some even hindered their efforts.

Gypsies did not have access to the donations collected to benefit flood victims

The local branch of the ’Jobbik’ party in Monor (a town in Hungary), has an ongoing collection for the benefit of flood victims. The flood has damaged 17 houses in the township, of which 5 are inhabited by Gypsies.

A ’Jobbik’ party activist, in charge of distributing donations, has not given any aid to the Gypsy victims- clearly stating it was due to their lineage. She had apportioned parts of the donations for non-Gypsy born people who were not affected by the flood, but were considered ’Jobbik’ voters. Online descriptions of the donations emphasize that the contents will only benefit ’Hungarians.’

'There is nothing to say to this'

April 18, 2010, Sátoraljaújhely, Hungary. We visited the quarters of the people evacuated due to the flood. Many of them complained that “Hungarians” didn’t help the Romas during the defense against the flood. The sand ordered by the local government also arrived late. This is what this short video addresses.

The fish was jumping by the fence

In Sátoraljaújhely, during the May 2010 floods, the local government transported sand to the Roma district only when the river began receding. Until then, they did not receive any aid.

Discrimination during aid to flood victims

The HCLU has received information from several flooded northeastern settlements of Hungary, that in the Roma-inhabited parts of town, help came too late or not at all. This happened in Sáta as well.