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Romanian Government Issues Notification on Desegregation in Education

29 July 2004

On April 20, 2004, the Romanian Ministry of Education and Research issued a Notification, signed by Romanian Secretary of State Ms Ioana Irinel Chiran, in which it proposed to ensure equality of access to and quality of education for all children, particularly Romani children, irrespective of ethnic origin or mother tongue. According to an unofficial translation of the Notification, because of reports of segregation of Romani children in education and in order to comply with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the International Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UNESCO Convention on Discrimination in Education, the Ministry "bans the formation of groups in […] education […], comprising exclusively or preponderantly Romani pupils." The Ministry went further to state "Segregation is an egregious form of discrimination […] Segregation has as a direct consequence the unequal access of children to quality education. Separation in kindergartens and schools leads invariably to an inferior quality of education than that offered in groups, classes and schools with other ethnic majority populations. Maintaining sepa-ration in education based on ethnicity has negative effects for both Romani and Romania society in general."

The Ministry ordered School Inspectorates to take all measures to promote the principles of integrated schooling and to undertake an analysis of all schools in which Romani pupils form a disproportionately high percentage of the school's population and initiate plans aimed at ending segregation. A deadline of May 28, 2004, was set by which County School Inspectorates were to submit a re-port to the Ministry regarding the extent of segregation in schools within its territories and outlining its plan of action to eradicate segregation. (ERRC)

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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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