Horizontal Rule

Factsheets from European Roma Rights Centre on Child Removal and International Standards

25 October 2013

Roma families have been in the media spotlight over the last week, as child removal cases continue to hit the headlines. In two cases in Ireland, Romani children were removed and returned to their parents after their relationship was established.

Authorities must take a proportionate, responsible approach to child protection, based on facts and evidence, not on racial profiling. As a matter of principle, police action based on perceived difference in physical appearance between parents and children constitutes racial profiling.

Roma have been unfairly demonised and scapegoated for centuries. We call on all national authorities to act in line with their own child protection procedures, and to show responsibility and restraint.

We’ve produced two factsheets to help NGOs, activists, media and state authorities.

Our legal factsheet gives a short overview of legal standards relating to racial profiling and child removal. It is available in English and Romanes.

Our factsheet explains some of the key problems that Roma, and in particular Romani children, face in Europe today. It is available in English and Romanes.

For more information, contact:

Sinan Gökçen
Media and Communications Officer
European Roma Rights Centre
Tel. +36.30.500.1324

Horizontal Rule

No Arrests After Romani Man Beaten to Death in Czech Republic

21 October 2016

Budapest, 21 October 2016: The ERRC has learned that no suspects have been detained, nor have the police pressed charges after a Romani man was killed in a pizzeria in Žatec on 18th October.

more ...

horizontal rule

Roma Denied Electricity in Serbia: Discriminatory Collective Punishment for Roma Paying Through Collective Meter

14 October 2016

Budapest, 14 October 2016: The electricity supply to a majority Romani settlement in Serbia has been cut without notice, and with winter fast approaching. So far there have been no signs of the power returning to the hundred family homes in Crvena Zvezda any time soon.


more ...

horizontal rule

European Court’s decision in Roma eviction case a missed opportunity concerning an urgent issue, rights organizations say

11 October 2016

Budapest, London, 11 October 2016: Minority Rights Group International (MRG) and the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) express disappointment with today’s decision of the European Court of Human Rights in Bagdonavicius and Others v Russia, concerning the eviction of six Roma families living in Russia. 


more ...

horizontal rule