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Roma communities and water justice

5 July 2023 • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm CEST
Európa Pont

Join us for the launch of Minority and Indigenous Trends 2023: Focus on water with a panel discussion on water injustice for Roma in Hungary.

The Roma community in Hungary is facing social exclusion, unemployment and economic exploitation. Across the world, environmental injustice is magnifying old and creating new challenges for minorities and indigenous peoples, and the situation for Hungary’s Roma minority is no different.

The past year saw droughts, flooding and cyclones at a staggering scale all over the world, prompting many experts to declare that the planet’s water cycle has been severely disrupted due to human activity. This year, Minority Rights Group International’s annual report focuses on water and its impact on minority and indigenous rights all over the world.

During this panel discussion we will review recent experiences of water injustice for Roma and the steps necessary to advance environmental justice for minorities in Hungary.

How do extreme weather conditions impact Roma communities? What was the impact of last year’s floods and droughts on the Roma minority? How does government intervention differ when it comes to minority communities? How can Roma rights and human rights activism work better together with environmental and climate activism? We will discuss these questions and many more.

Our invited experts:

Európa Pont, Budapest, Lövőház u. 35, 1024

5 July 2023 from 11.00-13.00 CET

Photo: Flooding on the River Sajó in Sajószentpéter, Hungary. Credit: SzGabesz/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)