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First Instance Court Upheld Segregated Education

1 February 2006

In June 2005, the Hungarian non-governmental organisation Chance for Children Foundation filed a lawsuit in the Miskolc County Court against the Miskolc Municipality alleging the practice of school segregation of Romani children city wide. The complaint claimed the Municipality organises the education system in a manner discriminatory to Romani students and other disadvantaged children, as by merging schools children are taught in the same institutions but in different buildings and under poorer conditions. On November 3, 2005, the Chance for Children Foundation lost at first instance the lawsuit. In its judgement, the Miskolc County Court found that the aim of the Municipality was indeed the integration of disadvantaged students and that this action does not violate the right to equal opportunity. The court stated further that the merger of schools was necessary for the Municipality to maintain the schools of the city. The decision has been appealed by the Chance for Children Foundation before the Debrecen Appellate Court.

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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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