Water is a human right: End discrimination against Roma in Slovenia
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In Slovenia, like the rest of Europe, nearly 100 per cent of the population has access to safe drinking water. Yet today, some Roma communities struggle to collect even small amounts of water for drinking, washing and cooking.
Silvana Hudorovac, who lives with her family in an informal Roma settlement near Ponova vas, with no water or sanitation, told us: “We have to use the water from the stream which is very dirty. Children vomit and get diarrhoea.”
This is not by chance or by choice – it is due to discrimination.
Many Roma are denied access to these vital public services because their homes are in “irregular settlements”. But widespread discrimination against Roma in towns across Slovenia often means living in these settlements is their only option. Other communities and local authorities block Roma families from moving into their areas and very little social housing exists as an alternative.
Housing, water and sanitation are human rights. Find out more about what life is like for Roma in Slovenia who face discrimination every day – and take action