Last update:
2019-07-19

Denied access to water for Roma in Prasnik, Slovakia

For Roma, water is a basic need which has been denied in a city rich in water and spa resorts. Other non-Roma residents, tourists, and businessmen have access to and enjoy waters, hot springs, and luxury hotels.


Description:

Prašník is a town rich in water resources and famous for its Spa resorts. However, a Roma settlement, located in the middle of Prašník town is the only neighbourhood without water, while Non-Roma neighbourhoods on the outskirts and in the mountains are connected to clean water from the mountains. The Roma have to fetch their water from an unprotected mountain stream, which regularly freezes in the winter [1] [2]. 

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Denied access to water for Roma in Prasnik, Slovakia
Country:Slovak Republic
State or province:Trnava
Location of conflict:Prašník
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Water Management
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Water access rights and entitlements
Tourism facilities (ski resorts, hotels, marinas)
Specific commodities:Water
Project Details and Actors
Project details

The town is relatively wealthy with a spa nearby, and

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Type of populationRural
Start of the conflict:01/01/2007
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:-European Roma Right Centre "Thirsty for Justice" campaign http://www.errc.org/video/world-water-day-thirsting-for-justice
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityLOW (some local organising)
Reaction stageUnknown
Groups mobilizing:International ejos
Women
Ethnically/racially discriminated groups
Forms of mobilization:Involvement of national and international NGOs
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Waste overflow, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality
Health ImpactsPotential: Occupational disease and accidents, Infectious diseases, Other environmental related diseases
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Specific impacts on women, Violations of human rights
Potential: Displacement
Outcome
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Migration/displacement
Repression
Development of alternatives:No alternatives have been proposed for the Roma of Prašnìk. The Roma have been deniead access to water. Meanwhile, foreigner investors and tourist can enjoy rich water, hot springs, wellness, and hotels. For Roma, water is a basic need which has been denied due to politics of discrimination based on ethnicity and race [4].
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:Roma of Prašnìk - especially Romani women and girls- have to walk long distances to collect water in extreme weather conditions, crossing highways or railways, and are exposed to danger - especially in late evening hours. Meanwhile, other non-Roma residents, tourists and investors can enjoy the Prašnìk's waters and can make highly profitable tourism business out of it.
Sources & Materials
Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

[1] EVERYDAY RACISM: ROMA DENIED ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER RIGHT ACROSS EUROPE
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[2]THIRSTING FOR JUSTICE: A REPORT BY THE EUROPEAN ROMA RIGHTS CENTRE
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[3] SEPARATE, UNEQUAL AND HAZARDOUS: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO ROMA HOUSING IN SLOVAKIA
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

[4] European Roma Right Centre: World Water Day: Thirsting for Justice
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Other documents

Roma denied access to water A girl collecting water from an unprotected mountain stream.
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Contributor:ICTA-UAB
Last update19/07/2019
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