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ERRC Reports Concerns About Child Marriages to UN Committees

28 September 2011

Budapest, 28 September 2011: In advance of a joint General Comment from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the European Roma Rights Centre submitted information related to the harmful practice of child marriages in Roma communities.

The ERRC expressed concern about the human rights threatened by child marriages, which occur in some Roma communities in Europe. Child marriage often threatens the access of Romani children, particularly girls, to education, which results in low levels of literacy and negatively affects employment. Vulnerability to domestic violence is increased for victims of child marriage. Furthermore harmful practices such as virginity testing are often found in cases of child marriage. The overall physical and psychological health of Romani girls and their children is also negatively impacted; risks include pregnancy complications and higher rates of infant mortality. Forced child marriages have also been noted to increase the vulnerability of Romani children to become victims of trafficking in human beings.

Given these alarming facts, the ERRC recommended that the CRC and CEDAW joint recommendation call on States to investigate and report on the occurrence of child marriages; develop policies that build up Roma communities through supporting women’s and children’s rights, with a focus on education and social inclusion; and particularly support education for Romani girls and employment for Romani women.

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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