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ERRC Highlights Romani Children’s Rights Issues before UN Treaty Bodies

27 July 2011

Budapest, 27 July 2011: This week the ERRC sent parallel reports to UN bodies overseeing the implementation of legal standards on racial discrimination and children’s rights, expressing concern about violations of the human rights of Romani children in the Czech Republic, Greece and Italy.

At the time of submission, ERRC Executive Director Robert Kushen emphasised the urgency of protecting children’s rights: “European states must act to stop practices of segregated education, forced evictions and systemic discrimination to ensure that future generations of Romani children do not grow up in poverty and exclusion.”

Addressing the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the ERRC raised concerns about the ongoing segregation of Romani school children in special education in the Czech Republic. Access to quality, integrated education is also an issue in Greece, as the submission to the Committee on the Rights of the Child on Greece explained. Research by the ERRC and the Greek Helsinki Monitor in 2010 showed persistent obstacles to education for many Romani children, including refusal by school authorities to enrol Romani children, lack of transportation in remote settlements and the existence of segregated, Roma-only schools.

In a joint submission with Associazone 21 luglio, the ERRC also informed the Committee on the Rights of the Child that in Italy, constant forced evictions and poor housing conditions undermine the access of Romani children to education, compromise their health and threaten their right to family life. The organisations also informed the Committee about discrimination in the State child protection system and the negative impacts of child marriages on Romani children in Italy.

For further information, contact:

Sinan Gökçen
ERRC Media and Communications Officer
sinan.gokcen@errc.org
+36.30.500.1324

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ERRC submission to UN HRC on Hungary (February 2018)

14 February 2018

Written Comments of the European Roma Rights Centre concerning Hungary to the UN Human Rights Committee for consideration at its 122nd session (12 Narch - 6 April 2018).

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The Fragility of Professional Competence: A Preliminary Account of Child Protection Practice with Romani and Traveller Children in England

24 January 2018

Romani and Traveller children in England are much more likely to be taken into state care than the majority population, and the numbers are rising. Between 2009 and 2016 the number of Irish Travellers in care has risen by 400% and the number of Romani children has risen 933%. The increases are not consistent with national trends, and when compared to population data, suggest that Romani and Traveller children living in the UK could be 3 times more likely be taken into public care than any other child. 

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Families Divided: Romani and Egyptian Children in Albanian Institutions

21 November 2017

There’s a high percentage of Romani and Egyptian children in children’s homes in Albania – a disproportionate number. These children are often put into institutions because of poverty, and then find it impossible ever to return to their families. Because of centuries of discrimination Roma and Egyptians in Albania are less likely to live in adequate housing, less likely to be employed and more likely to feel the effects of extreme poverty.

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