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Humanitarian organization criticizes police for rough handling of Roma

AMNESTY International criticized police action against the Roma during last year's Roma unrest in Eastern Slovakia.

According to the humanitarian organization, Slovak police banned those it arrested from contacting their families. They also beat the Roma in custody and entered their homes without proper authority, the SME daily wrote.

According to police spokesman Martin Korch, the Slovak police acted in line with the law.

The cabinet plenipotentiary for Roma communities, Klára Orgovánová, asked Interior Minister Vladimír Palko whether he considers the police action appropriate.

"He responded yes," said Orgovánová.

The report also mentions other cases involving the Roma, such as the drowning of Radoslav Puký, who was found dead in the Ondava River. His death is linked to police action since witnesses last saw him running from officers.

Amnesty International also noted that so-called cage beds used in psychiatric clinics was a problem in Slovakia.

Compiled by Martina Jurianová from press reports
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