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Roma Rights 4, 2007: Child Protection

21st, April, 2008


Child protection is a rapidly developing field in human rights; in the last decades, both the practices and the international legal frameworks have substantially changed and an increasing number of civic initiatives concentrated on this topic became active. With the hope of stimulating an international debate on child protection systems and the position of Roma, this Roma Rights Quarterly is devoted to the topic of "Child Protection". Dr Maria Herczog and Dr Maria Neményi, who conducted research for the ERRC report "Dis-Interest of the Child", co-authored the article "Romani Children and the Hungarian Child Protection System". This piece describes the constructive amendments to the Hungarian Child Protection System in the last decade, and its limitations through an analysis of data gathered during their research. Next, Hana Žurovcová and Kumar Vishwanathan from the Roma-Czech NGO Life Together based in Ostrava contributed, "Changes in the Czech System of Child Protection and Hope for Children in Institutional Care". The authors present the experiences of their NGO in the field of child protection and support for families endangered with the forced removal of their children in Czech Republic. Thirdly, Lars Lindgren and Heidi Pikkarainen, experts from the Swedish Office of the Ombudsman against Ethnic Discrimination provide an introduction to the child protection problems experienced by Roma in Western Europe in their article, "Discrimination Against Roma in the Swedish Social System". Next, the ERRC's Tara Bedard, who led the ERRC's research on child protection and authored "Dis-Interest of the Child", provides a comparison of Native Canadian and Romani children in her article, "Assessing the Right of Forcibly Separated Romani Families to Compensation: Lessons from the Canadian Experience". Finally, Vera Egenberger touches upon the highly controversial issue of ethnic data collection and child protection in her article, "Demystifying the Collection of Ethnic Data and the Child Protection System".

Protecting the Most Vulnerable

Romani Children and the Hungarian Child Protection System View it (Acrobat pdf format)!

Changes in the Czech System of Child Protection and Hope for Children in Institutional Care

Discrimination against Roma in the Swedish Social System View it (Acrobat pdf format)!

Assessing the Right of Forcibly Separated Romani Families to Compensation: Lessons from the Canadian Experience  View it (Acrobat pdf format)!

Demystifying the Collection of Ethnic Data and the Child Protection System View it (Acrobat pdf format)!

The Sulukule Affair: Roma against Expropriation  View it (Acrobat pdf format)!

Bosnia and Herzegovina * Czech Republic * European Union * Finland * France * Greece * Hungary * Italy * Kosovo * Macedonia * Romania * Russia * Serbia * Slovakia * Switzerland * Turkey * United Kingdom  View it (Acrobat pdf format)!

Hungary's New Minorities Ombudsman Seeks Broader Mandate, Interview with Mr Erno Kallai

Life in the Aftermath of State Care, Interview with Mr Jozsef Galyas  View it (Acrobat pdf format)!

A Fresh Wind Across the Prairie - The European Court of Human Rights Acknowledges Systemic Discrimination in the Case of Education of Romani Children from the Czech Republic  View it (Acrobat pdf format)!

Pyrrhic Legal Victories: ERRC Litigation Outcomes in 2007

The Start of an Ambitious Initiative: Implementing a New Approach to Policy-Making in Bulgaria  View it (Acrobat pdf format)!

Training Programmes Conducted within the Framework of the ERRC/hCa/EDROM Roma Rights Project in Turkey View it (Acrobat pdf format)!

Let's See Action View it (Acrobat pdf format)!

Romane Chavore ande e Ungriako Chavorengo Protekcijako Sistemo View it (Acrobat pdf format)!

Chronicle View it (Acrobat pdf format)!

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Protecting the Most Vulnerable


Romani Children and the Hungarian Child Protection System View it (Acrobat pdf format)!


Changes in the Czech System of Child Protection and Hope for Children in Institutional Care


Discrimination against Roma in the Swedish Social System View it (Acrobat pdf format)!


Assessing the Right of Forcibly Separated Romani Families to Compensation: Lessons from the Canadian Experience  View it (Acrobat pdf format)!


Demystifying the Collection of Ethnic Data and the Child Protection System View it (Acrobat pdf format)!


The Sulukule Affair: Roma against Expropriation  View it (Acrobat pdf format)!


Bosnia and Herzegovina * Czech Republic * European Union * Finland * France * Greece * Hungary * Italy * Kosovo * Macedonia * Romania * Russia * Serbia * Slovakia * Switzerland * Turkey * United Kingdom  View it (Acrobat pdf format)!


Hungary's New Minorities Ombudsman Seeks Broader Mandate, Interview with Mr Erno Kallai


Life in the Aftermath of State Care, Interview with Mr Jozsef Galyas  View it (Acrobat pdf format)!


A Fresh Wind Across the Prairie - The European Court of Human Rights Acknowledges Systemic Discrimination in the Case of Education of Romani Children from the Czech Republic  View it (Acrobat pdf format)!


Pyrrhic Legal Victories: ERRC Litigation Outcomes in 2007


The Start of an Ambitious Initiative: Implementing a New Approach to Policy-Making in Bulgaria  View it (Acrobat pdf format)!


Training Programmes Conducted within the Framework of the ERRC/hCa/EDROM Roma Rights Project in Turkey View it (Acrobat pdf format)!


Let's See Action View it (Acrobat pdf format)!


Romane Chavore ande e Ungriako Chavorengo Protekcijako Sistemo View it (Acrobat pdf format)!


Chronicle View it (Acrobat pdf format)!