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Swedish State to Pay Historic Damages to the Roma Community

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Today, the Chancellor of Justice announced that the Swedish state will not appeal the decision by the Svea Court of Appeal regarding the case of the police’s registration of Swedish Roma citizens. Damages will be paid to all persons included in the illegal registry. “We are very pleased that the court process has resulted in redress and compensation for all of the people included in the ethnic registry”, said Robert Hårdh, Executive Director of Civil Rights Defenders.

Historic Court Ruling: Swedish State Guilty of Ethnic Registration

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The Swedish State is guilty of ethnic registration according to the ruling in the Svea Court of Appeal, 28 April 2017. Civil Rights Defenders wins the case and holds the Swedish State accountable for the police’s registration of Swedish Roma citizens. The state is now ordered to pay 30 000 SEK each in damages to the eleven Roma individuals whom Civil Rights Defenders represented in the legal proceedings.

The Police Registration of Roma: A Case Overview

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In March 2015, Civil Rights Defenders filed suit against the Swedish State for violating human rights when the police in south Sweden registered thousands of Roma individuals. A year later, Stockholm District Court established that the State is to be found guilty of ethnic discrimination, but the historic ruling has been challenged by the Chancellor of Justice and a new trial is to be held in the Appellate Court. The process to justice for the victims is long, and the questions of what happens now are many. This overview aims to provide an understanding of what has happened as well as what is awaiting.

Chancellor of Justice Lodges Appeal after Swedish State was Found Guilty of Ethnic Discrimination

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On 30 July, the Chancellor of Justice, on behalf of the Swedish State, lodged an appeal against the District Court ruling from 10 June where the court found the State guilty of ethnic discrimination because of the police registration of the eleven Swedish Roma citizens who Civil Rights Defenders acted as legal representatives for. The eleven individuals have, according to the court, been registered only because of their ethnic origin.

Swedish State Guilty of Ethnic Discrimination: What Happens Now?

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Today, 10 June 2016, Stockholm District Court found the Swedish State guilty of ethnic discrimination as a result of the register over thousands of Roma individuals set up by the police. The ruling establishes that the eleven individuals who Civil Rights Defenders represented were registered only because of their ethnic origin, which violates both Swedish law and the European Convention on Human Rights. Find out more about what happens now.

Historic Court Ruling: Swedish State Guilty of Ethnic Discrimination

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Swedish State is guilty of ethnic discrimination according to ruling in Stockholm District Court on 10 June 2016. Civil Rights Defenders wins the case and holds the State accountable for the police register of Swedish Roma citizens. The historical ruling today provides justice to the three children and eight adults who Civil Rights Defenders acted as legal representatives for in the lawsuit against the State.