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Petition to Segregate Romani Schoolchildren

21 July 2005

According to a May 19, 2005, report by the Roma Press Center (RSK), non-Romani parents in the central Hungarian village of Sződ in Pest County, were petitioning to force Romani students to attend a school in a different village. Sződ city council had reportedly begun proceedings to send Romani pupils from the village of Csörög attending school in Sződ to schools in the nearby town of Vác. The city council has cited the poor condition of the school and traffic issues as reasons for the move. Mr Iván Rostás, president of the Csörög Roma Ethnic Minority Self Government, told RSK that the local government had not informed either them or the affected Romani parents of the plans. Rostás also believed that the reasons cited by the city council were not the motivating factors behind the planned move but that the planned move was a result of the petition. Mr László Hertel, the mayor of Sződ, denied the existence of a petition and the plan to move the Romani children.

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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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