Anti-Roma Hate Speech in the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland

U. Belavusau

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The chapter examines the protection against anti-Romani hate speech provided by the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland, in particular the legal avenues of redress available to victims. This research combines an analysis of the legal framework with its functioning in practice, and situates both in a country- specific social and historical context. The analysis suggests that all three legal systems take similar approaches to freedom of expression protection, notably that the systems of all three countries attempt to balance the US libertarian approach to freedom of speech with the traditional restrictive European continental method. At the same time, the research reveals strong traditions of anti-Romani hate speech in all three countries and a reluctance on the part of lower courts to extend hate speech protection to anti-Romani speech.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Roma Integration Efforts – A Snapshot
EditorsM. Goodwin, P. De Hert
Place of PublicationBrussels
PublisherBrussels University Press
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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