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International Day of Students: End Segregation in Education!

18 November 2013

Budapest, 22 October 2013: On the International Day of Students, MDAC, together with the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC), urges governments to end the segregation of children with disabilities and Roma children in education, and to ensure inclusive education for all children.

Children with disabilities and Romani children are placed in segregated classrooms and schools, separated from their peers and receive an inferior education. This happens across Central and Eastern Europe, and beyond. These practices are a violation of binding international law and have been found contrary to the European Convention on Human Rights in numerous judgments. States should act with urgency to respect these judgments.

UN mechanisms have a key role to play in condemning discriminatory practices against both groups of children. MDAC recently welcomed the report of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, which expressed concern to the government of Moldova that both children with disabilities and Roma children lack access to mainstream and inclusive education, and they face negative attitudes from teachers and school administrators. The Committee called on the government to ensure their access to inclusive education as well as tackle prejudice and raise awareness. MDAC welcomed these statements, particularly as they demonstrate that the segregation of any child is wrong.

For more information, contact:

Sinan Gökçen
Media and Communications Officer
European Roma Rights Centre
Tel. +36.30.500.1324
sinan.gokcen@errc.org

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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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