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Racist Hungarian textbook removed from curriculum

3 October 2000

According to the Roma Press Center, the Hungarian Ministerial Commissioner for Education Rights, Lajos Aáry-Tamás, has requested that the Hungarian Ministry of Education remove a textbook containing prejudiced statements about Roma from the official list. Experts and Hungarian Romani organisations requested by the Commissioner for Education Rights to review the fifth grade textbook "Humans and Society", published two years ago, found the chapter on Hungary's Romani minority offensive. The book reportedly states that "a major part of the Roma could not or would not lead a European lifestyle," and "the life of a part of the Roma is marked by crime." The book also charges that the Roma spied for the Turks during the approximately 150 years of Turkish rule in Hungary after the sixteenth century, and that they acted as henchmen at the executions of Hungarian historical figures. The Ministry urged the Apáczai Publishing House to purchase back all 763 copies of the textbook sold. Results of a 1995 survey of over four thousand eight grade students conducted by the Institute for Minority Studies at Hungarian Eötvös Loránd University showed that their knowledge about minorities is minimal, and prejudices - especially against Roma - are widespread.

(Agence France Press, Roma Press Center)

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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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