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Thirsting For Justice: Europe’s Roma denied access to clean water and sanitation

Panel Discussion
Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 5:30 pm

The Roma Access Programs, Human RightS Initiative and the European Roma Rights Centre cordially invite you to a panel discussion

“The world we want, need, and are entitled to is one in which access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services is adequately available for all, without discrimination based on any grounds. This is central not only to living a healthy life, but to guaranteeing dignity and human rights. Yet billions of people still do not enjoy these fundamental rights.” (Léo Heller, UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation)

A new report by the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) provides compelling evidence of shocking disparities between Roma and non-Roma in terms of access to clean water and sanitation across Europe. From Albania to France, it is clear that widespread, deeply rooted social exclusion and ethnic discrimination prevents hundreds of thousands of Roma from access to these essential services, and denies them privacy and dignity.

The human rights to water and sanitation require that these services be available, accessible, safe, acceptable, and affordable for all. These rights also entail an explicit focus on the most disadvantaged and marginalized, as well as an emphasis on participation, empowerment, accountability and transparency. To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and World Water Day join our panel for a preview and discussion of the ERRC’s new report Thirsting for Justice.


Bernard Rorke, Advocacy Officer (ERRC)

Opening Remarks

Iulius Rostas (CEU)

Access to Water for Roma Inclusion

Marek Szilvasi, Head of Research and Human RightsEducation (ERRC)

Michal Michal Zalesak, lawyer (ERRC)

Atanas Zahariev, Advocacy Officer (ERRC)

Questions & Answers:

Closing Remarks:

Marek Szilvasi, Head of Research and Human Rights Education (ERRC)

/ Reception to follow in front of N15 Quantum 101 /