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Poland slapped by United Nations discrimination committee

2 April 1998

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) was critical of Poland’s record on minority rights and racial discrimination when it reviewed the country’s compliance with international standards in 1997. The CERD report (CERD/C/304/ Add.36), published on October 15, indicated that Poland needs to focus attention on promoting the rights of Roma. Among five principal subjects of concern, the UN committee noted that „...serious acts of violence relating to racial discrimination have taken place in the State party during the period under review, targeting especially Jews and Roma minorities”. The CERD report was also critical of the legal framework in Poland with respect to censuring groups disseminating „ideas based on racial superiority or hatred”. in its recommendations, the report states that CERD „[...] recommends that the authorities take appropriate measures to meet the specific educational needs of Roma” and that Poland „[...] adopt a comprehensive programme of action to promote and protect the rights of the Roma population”.

In response to the CERD report, Justice Minister Hanna Suchocka told a news conference on January 14 that the Ministry had prepared a draft resolution on complaints concerning acts of racial discrimination to CERD. She said she believes, however, that the Polish law satisfactorily protects minorities against organisations that propagate racial hatred. ERRC field research conducted in 1997 documented instances of abuse against Roma including racially-motivated crime, police violence, segregated schooling and improper housing. An ERRC report on the human rights situation of Roma in Poland is forthcoming.

(PAP)

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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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