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Romani Pupil Physically Abused by School Teacher in Bulgaria

7 February 2004

According to information received from the Sofia-based non-governmental organisation Human Rights Project (HRP), on May 22, 2003, Assen Iliyanov Todorov, a 13-year-old Romani boy and student at the "Romani" school in the northern Bulgarian village Bukovlak, was physically abused by his teacher, Mr Yakimov. According to Assen's testimony to the HRP, during a music class during which the children were instructed to discuss "black music", the children were reprimanded by Mr Yakimov for having engaged in a noisy discussion. Soon thereafter, the discussions resumed, and Mr Yakimov banged his fist on the table and moved toward Assen. Assen stated that Mr Yakimov pulled him out of his desk and, while dragging him out of the classroom, began to repeatedly hit him on the back of his neck in front of the entire class. In the corridor, Assen testified, Mr Yakimov punched him in the stomach. On the day of the incident, Assen's parents, 37-year-old Mr Ilian Mitkov Todorov and 33-year-old Ms Rositsa Assenova Todorova, took Assen to the hospital for medical treatment, and according to a medical certificate issued on May 22, 2003, Assen sustained several wounds on his back and chest. Mr Todorov and Ms Todorova reportedly filed a complaint with the Pleven local court, with assistance from the HRP. As of January 8, 2004, there had been no response from the Regional Prosecutor's Office.

(ERRC, HRP, Standard)

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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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