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Europe's Highest Human Rights Court Set to Rule on Landmark Segregation Case

19 June 2007

In January 2007, the European Court of Human Rights head oral arguments in the case D.H. and Others v. the Czech Republic, a segregation case launched 8 years ago by the ERRC on behalf of 18 Romani children who were forced to attend racially segregated schools in the Czech Republic.

The Grand Chamber of the European Court will rule on the case, which raises issues concerning Article 14 of the European Convention of Human Rights' prohibition against discrimination. The case is the first of its kind at the European level to challenge the practice of education discrimination in central and southeastern Europe whereby Romani children are routinely placed in schools for the mentally disabled, irrespective of their actual intellectual abilities.

In a previous ruling in February 2006, the Court's Second Section ruled that while the Romani children had suffered from a pattern of adverse treatment, the applicants had failed to prove the Czech government's intent to discriminate. A decision in the case was expected during the summer of 2007.

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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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