Stoica v. Romania

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights published a report on ‘Minorities as victims of crime’ in 2012.

This incident took place in 2001, when a young Roma man was severely injured by police constables in a violent attack, which resulted in a permanent disability. His suit was rejected by courts at the national level. Subsequently, he submitted his case to the European Court of Human Rights. They held that the Romanian courts had ignored the perpetrators’ discriminatory and racist motives.

The verdict emphasises that ‘[r]acial violence is a particular affront to human dignity and, in view of its perilous consequences, requires from the authorities special vigilance and a vigorous reaction. It is for this reason that the authorities must use all available means to combat racism and racist violence’.

© Büro zur Umsetzung von Gleichbehandlung e.V. 2011