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Investigation quickly absolves Prague mayor of wrongdoing

15 July 1997

The Czech Press Service reported on July 16 that the state attorney for the fourth district of Prague would not seek legal action against Senator Zdeněk Klausner, the Prague 4 district mayor, for his article published on the front page of the Prague 4 district newspaper Tučňák in early July. In the article, Senator Klausner offered had advice to landlords in his district:

"We remain very concerned by the security situation in Nusle. It is the result of the specific nature of this quarter, in which the previous regime attempted the assimilation of the Romani minority. Some destroyed (vybydlené) flats are evidence that this policy did not succeed. Good news, then, for all fellow citizens of this quarter might be the information about one municipal house which was sold, and whose new owner lodged a number of large problem families in replacement flats not only outside Nusle, but actually outside Prague. Perhaps this procedure could be an inspiration for other private owners of several houses around Bratří Synků Square, who inherited problem tenants after 1989."

According to the prosecutor, Klausner's statement was not tantamount to either defamation or incitement to racial hatred.

The ERRC finds Klausner's use of his public office lament able. Klausner has issued a statement Galling his own original formulation "unfortunate", but has not publicly apologised. The Czech daily Mlada Fronta Dnes noted on July 22 that Klausner has enormous support in his constituency. (Czech Press Service)

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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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