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Racist Statement by Bulgarian MP Regarding Romani Female Youth

21 July 2005

On December 16, 2004, Bulgarian MP Ognian Saparev (Bulgarian Socialist Party) declared on national radio that the use of under-age Romani girls as prostitutes is not a crime, reported the Bulgarian Romani organisation Amalipe. In his statement while on air with Darik radio, Mr. Saparev was quoted as having stated that it is not illegal for young Romani girls to be hired to provide sexual services because "at the age of 14 they are already mature women". The statement by Mr. Saparev was made in the context of a scandal in which the mayor of Pazardhzhik was accused of hiring young Romani girls to provide sexual services for a foreign diplomatic delegation.

(Amalipe)

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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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