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Legal Action at the European Court of Human Rights Challenges Racial Segregation in Primary Schools

21 July 2005

On December 15, 2004, The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) and the Croatian Helsinki Committee (CHC) jointly filed an application against Croatia with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg seeking justice on behalf of fifteen Romani children who have been subjected to racially segregated education in Croatia.

On April 19, 2002, the applicants filed a complaint against this practice with the Municipal Court in Čakovec. On September 26, 2002, however, the Court rejected the complaint. The decision was appealed but was again rejected. The applicants then filed a complaint with the Croatian Constitutional Court dated December 19, 2002, but no action was taken. In view of this situation and the absence of any effective remedy to date, the children have decided to seek justice from the European Court. They contend that:

1. their placement into separate classes for the Roma only constitutes "degrading treatment" in violation of Article 3 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (the Convention);
2. they have been denied right to education, in breach of Article 2 of Protocol 1 to the Convention;
3. they have suffered racial discrimination in the enjoyment of the right to education, in violation of Article 14 of the Convention;
4. the civil procedure they have initiated was fundamentally flawed and consequently they were denied fair trial as provided for in Article 6 of the Convention;
5. they have been denied an effective domestic remedy, in violation of Article 13.

In addition, the applicants have requested just compensation in accordance with Article 41 of the Convention. For more information regarding this case please visit the ERRC's website online at http://www.errc.org/cikk.php?cikk=2080.

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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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