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New Transnational Network Launches to Help Roma Children Access Education

22 February 2013

Romani CRISS, in partnership with the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, Antigone, the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC), Life Together and Integro Association Bulgaria, is launching the DARE-Net project: Desegregation and Action for Roma in Education-Network.

The DARE-Net project will create a transnational network of Roma and non-Roma civil society and academic organisations to analyse practices and initiatives relating to Roma education and school desegregation of Roma children in Romania, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

On February 25-28, 2013, the first transnational meeting of the partners will take place in Bucharest. This meeting will mark the start of the network and provide partners with an initial opportunity to discuss their efforts to address Roma education and school desegregation in their respective countries. Key examples include affirmative action initiatives or legislation to prohibit school segregation in Romania, and litigation to combat Roma school segregation and promote the integration of Roma children through incusive education resulting in favorable decisions by the European Court of Human Rights: e.g., Horváth and Kiss v. Hungary, D.H. and other v. Czech Republic, Sampanis v. Greece, and Orsus v. Croatia.

During the project, the DARE-Net partners will advance desegregation and litigation projects in their countries and advocate for concrete actions by institutions to integrate Roma students, through desegregation and qualitative education, in the six European countries.

More information on the project is available here.

For further information, contact: 

Sinan Gökçen
Media and Communications Officer
European Roma Rights Centre

The DARE-Net project is financially supported by Lifelong Learning: Comenius, ICT, Languages and Programme Coordination.

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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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