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Country: 
Slovakia
Working Group(s) / Area(s) of Work: 
Strategic Litigation
OP-ICESCR

ESCR-Net and Citizen, Democracy and Accountability, in collaboration with NCHR, OHCHR, and UNDP, and with the kind support of the Ford Foundation, convened a workshop on 12-13 June 2013 in Bratislava, with the main objectives of giving an overview of the ICESCR and the OP-ICESCR and examining strategies to litigate before the Committee on ESCR.

Eight women, all members of the Roma community in Slovakia, received gynaecological and obstetric treatment in eastern Slovakia. After this treatment, all eight women were unsuccessful in conceiving again. The women recalled being asked to sign documents prior to discharge from the hospital, but they were unable to identify the contents of the documents they signed.

 The case concerned a resolution adopted by the Dobšiná municipal council, under pressure from right‑wing anti‑Roma groups, to cancel a previous resolution in which the council had approved a plan to construct low‑cost social housing for Roma inhabitants living in very poor conditions. The petitioners contended, amongst other things, that the State party had failed to safeguard their right to adequate housing, thereby violating Article 5(e)(iii) of the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).