SUPPORTER OF THE WEB SIDE

MR. AGUSH DEMIROVSKI FROM MACEDONIA

NEVER SAY AND JUDGE OTHER PEOPLE BEFORE LEARN ABOUT THEM WHO THEY ARE

EERC-Court rules Macedonian police must pay for racial profiling at the border

The Macedonian authorities racially profile their citizens who are trying to leave the country and stop Roma from leaving. According to a court judgment delivered this week, the Interior Ministry has to pay compensation to a Romani couple who were not allowed to cross the border to visit their family. They are represented by the Macedonian Young Lawyers Association, with support from the European Roma Rights Centre.

Two years ago Mr Muhedinov and Mrs Muhedinova were trying to visit their family in Switzerland, traveling with their grandchildren. They were the only passengers on their bus who were asked for anything more than their passports. The couple had all their documents, return tickets, €2000 cash and an invitation letter. Yet they were still forbidden to leave the country and the bus left the country without them.

Stories like this happen to Macedonian citizens of Roma origin all the time. It happens to them because they are Roma, a heavily discriminated community; the Macedonian government fears that they will apply for asylum in the EU if they leave. A judge found this couple were victims of racial discrimination and that their constitutional right to leave the country was breached.