The Slovak National Party have used campaign posters which talk about ‘cost’ of supporting Roma, and foster unhelpful prejudices against the Roma minority.
There have been at least 13 attacks against Roma in the last four years, according to ERRC monitoring. Romani communities in Slovakia already face many barriers in accessing education and employment. In this context it’s even more important that political parties don’t encourage harmful prejudices towards this minority.
The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) asked Slovak authorities to take account of its declaration on the use of racist, anti-Semitic and xenophobic elements in political discourse in 2009. It noted that racist public discourse damages the cohesion of the whole society, and affects the opportunities for minorities to enjoy their basic human rights. It can also lead to racial discrimination and violence.