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Swedish appeals court finds two shop-owners guilty of ethnic discriminationagainst Romani woman

2 April 1998

The Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter reported on November 26 that a provincial appeals court had overturned a lower court ruling which had acquitted two shop-owners of wrong-doing in a discrimination case. The court found that the two men had acted in an ethnically discriminatory manner when they refused a Romani woman envy to their shop in the city of Eskilstuna, approximately 150 kilometres west of Stockholm. The shop-owners argued that they had refused entry to the woman because of the traditional garments she was wearing. They claimed that she could easily conceal stolen goods under her skirt. A lower court sided with them, but the appeal court overturned the ruling, stating that a ban on entry due to traditional clothing had to be seen as a form of ethnic discrimination. The court sentenced the two men to court fees and to pay 5000 Crowns (approximately 1,130 German Marks) in damages.

(Dagens Nyheter)

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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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