The ERRC organised a discussion on police violence against Roma on the occasion of the second anniversary of the police raid in Moldava nad Bodvou settlement – on June 19, 2013.
“We protest against the raid not being properly investigated,” András Ujlaky, executive manager of ERRC said, as quoted by the Sme daily,
Currently, the Interior Ministry is investigating the police raid and whether police abused their powers. The fundamental question is whether the police operation was unavoidable – which has not been answered yet, according to Ombudswoman Jana Dubovcová.
However, the Moldava case is only the tip on an iceberg, according to Sme. Beginning April, during a police search operation, several inhabitants of the village of Vrbnica were injured. Moreover, 46 more cases of police violence during the operation in Vrbnica have not been appropriately investigated. All positive changes in investigating such cases including the order to use cameras are rather the result of the public pressure, and not of the government’s willingness, says Dubovcová.
The Deputy Regional Representative from the Regional Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Brussels, Paul D’Auchamp, says that governments should listen to their ombudsmen. He praised Dubovcová’s proposal to create an independent body for investigating police methods. After the raid in Moldava, Dubovcová was invited to the cabinet session in January 2014, but she was not allowed to speak. After protests, mostly from the opposition, the parliament later voted that the cabinet was correct in blocking her from speaking.
25. Jun 2015 at 13:02 | Compiled by Spectator staff