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Planned Lowered Welfare Benefits May Harm Unemployed Roma in Czech Republic

1 February 2006

According to a report by Radio Prague on July 20, 2005, the Czech Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs introduced a bill to lower social benefits for the unemployed by lowering the subsistence level. Until recently, the subsistence level was composed of two elements: expenditures made in connection with the needs of the person (such as food, clothing etc.) and expenditures to sustain the household (housing included). The new scheme will consist of only one element as the amount paid in connection with maintaining the household will be removed. Through this change, the Czech government reportedly seeks to stimulate active pursuit of employment amongst those relying on social benefits. The bill also decreases financial aid to large families in hopes of reducing dependency upon children for income. Several Romani organisations have protested the proposal as being racist and discriminatory against Roma who, in many cases, experience greater difficulty finding work. Similar changes made to the social welfare system in Slovakia in 2004 have had adverse impacts on the Romani population and led to social unrest. (ERRC, Radio Prague) According to a December 21, 2005 news announcement posted on the website of the Czech Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the bill has passed in Parliament and is being reviewed by the Senate. Should the bill pass in the Senate, it will take effect January 1, 2001.

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Cause of Action: Romani Children in State Care in Nógrád County (Hungary)

20 November 2017

The data showed that Romani children are grossly overrepresented in the care system in Nógrád County: although they make up under 20% of the county’s population, Romani children make up over 80% of those in care. The data showed a strong correlation between deep poverty, severe deprivation, and the entry of children into the care system.

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Roma Belong - Discrimination, Statelessness and Marginalisation of Roma in the Western Balkans and Ukraine

26 October 2017

The #RomaBelong project is a joint initiative by the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC), the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion (ISI) and the European Network on Statelessness (ENS) in collaboration with partner organisations in Albania ...

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ERRC submission to UN HRC on Serbia (June 2017)

30 June 2017

Written Comments by the European Roma Rights Centre concerning Serbia to the Human Rights Council, within its Universal Periodic Review, for consideration at its 29th session (January-February 2018).

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