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Romani Pupils Segregated in Roma-Only Class in Macedonia

13 November 2006

Five Romani pupils have been attending segregated classes in the Goce Delchev elementary school in Gostivar, Macedonia, according to the Macedonian national newspaper Vreme of 26 April 2006. Vreme quoted Mr Reis Jonuzi, the pupils' teacher, as having stated that the classes were formed because the ethnic Macedonian and Albanian teachers in other classes will not accept the children in their classes. When classes started in September, the class reportedly had 15 children. However, the 10 ethnic Macedonian children in the class were quickly transferred to other classes.

According to Vreme, Mr Jonuzi believes that if the school was not discriminating against the Romani pupils, they would also have been transferred to other classes shortly after the school year began. The article stated that the same situation occurred during the 2004/2005 school year.

Vreme quoted School Director Mr Zoran Ruseki who denied that discrimination was a factor in the formation of the class. Instead, Mr Ruseki claimed that the council of teachers did not want to see Mr Jonuzi out of a job when the class was dissolved completely and pointed to the legal possibility to form such small classes with the agreement of the children's parents, which, according to Mr Ruseki, the school obtained. Mr Jonuzi stated that the parents never complained because they understood the school director supported the idea.

On April 27, Vreme quoted Ministry of Education Representative Mr Kiril Ricteski, who stated that five-pupil classes may only be formed with the consent of the Ministry of Education, not the parents. Mr Ricteski also stated that cases of alleged discrimination in education should be reported to the Ministry's Municipal Educational Inspection Unit. On 26 July 2006, the Macedonia Public Prosecutor announced it would not pursue charges against members of Alpha. The Macedonian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights also announced it would help Mr Bekirov's parents file a private complaint in the case.

(Vreme)

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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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