The Strasbourg court has condemned Hungary in a first-instance ruling for failing to investigate into a racist attack. The applicant is a 23 year-old Roma who was attacked with his girlfriend in a night club in 2011 by a group a 3 people when a man identifying himself as a policeman intervened and later verbally abused the applicant (calling him a “dirty gypsy”).
Relying on Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination) read in conjunction with Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment), Mr Balázs complained that the authorities failed to conduct an effective investigation into the racist attack against him, and in particular that they had not taken sufficient action to establish a possible racist motive for the assault.
The Court in its judgment agreed and stressed that “a vigorous investigation” is required into allegations of racist violence against Roma. The Hungarian authorities had failed to do so, making them liable for discrimination. The Court therefore held, by six votes to one, that there has been violation of Article 14 read in conjunction with Article 3 of the Convention.
15529/12 Balazs v. Hungary 20/10/2015.
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