LL.D. Gustáv Karika was born in a large Romani family in Myjava. He was trained to be a machine fitter. In 1950 he became a student on a Collage of political and economic sciences in Prague, supervised by then General Secretaty of the CPC Central Committee Rudolf Slánsky (born 31st June 1901 – executed 3rd December 1952). After his execution, Karika continued his studies on Charles University in Prague, where he graduated from the administrative law. He worked as an officer in charge of a minorities on a Regional National Committee in Košice (since 1954), later he worked as a judge in Poprad and Stará Ľubovňa. In April 1969, together with MD Ján Cibuľa, Anton Facuna and Dr. Alojz Pompa, he was a founder of the Union of Gypsies-Romanies in Slovakia. After the end of the Union (3rd January 1973) he worked as a corporate lawyer in the mechanical enterprises in Nová Dubnica. He was also a lawyer in several other companies and non-governmental Romani organization.

copyright: State Scientific Library in Prešov

recorded: 12. 05. 2014

Author: Roma Center

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