13.6.2014, romea.cz – Slovak court awards compensation to Roma refused service

13.6.2014, romea.cz – Slovak court awards compensation to Roma refused service

A Slovak court has awarded compensation of EUR 600 to a Romani couple who were refused service by a bar in the east of the country five years ago. The non-governmental organization Counseling Center for Civil and Human Rights (Poradna pro občanská a lidská práva), which represented the Romani clients before the court, has issued a press release about the verdict.

Slovak daily Sme reports that the plaintiffs consider the compensation to be too low and intend to appeal. The incident occurred in December 2009 at a bar in Spišské Vlachy the couple visited together with their ethnic Slovak colleagues from work.

“The owner told us that he would not serve us in his bar because if he did, more Romani customers would be there tomorrow. I was working as an assistant at a primary school and the behavior of the owner toward me and my spouse was humiliating and outrageous,” Roman Pecha describes the incident.

Source (English language): http://www.romea.cz/en/news/slovak-court-awards-compensation-to-roma-refused-service

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