J.I. v. Croatia: Violence against Roma women – discrimination not an issue?

Author: Margarita S. Ilieva
Published: 06.12.2022
J.I. v. Croatia (8.09.2022) is the first European Court of Human Rights case arising from domestic violence against a Roma woman and the second related to sexual violence against a Roma girl. Police were neglectful. The intervener exposed systemic police normalisation, and disregard of, Roma intra-community violence against women.  A procedural violation of Article 3 ECHR was found: repeat victimisation through death threats by a rapist father was not investigated. Recognising J.I.’s ‘particular vulnerability as a Roma woman and a victim of serious sexual offences’, the Court acknowledged that leaving her to fear further assaults was inhuman treatment. Yet, the…