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Russian Court Finds Skinheads Guilty of Killing a Young Romani Girl in Russia

11 March 2005

According to a November 23, 2004, report by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), seven confessed skinheads were found guilty of premeditated homicide on November 22 in connection with the September 21, 2003, death of Nilufar Sangboeva, a 6-year-old Romani girl. According to St Petersburg-based non-governmental organisation Northwest Center of Social and Legal Protection of Roma, the court recognized the racial motivation of the crime. On December 8, the court sentenced seven minors to 2˝- to 10-years imprisonment. On September 21, 2003, a large group of men armed with clubs and other weapons attacked a Romani camp near a train station in St Petersburg, killing Ms Sangboeva and seriously injuring two other young girls. RFE/RL reported that sentencing was scheduled for early December 2004.

(RFE/RL, Northwest Center of Social and Legal Protection of Roma)

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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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