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The UN CEDAW calls on the Slovak government to comply with its human rights obligations in the field of women´s rights

16 December 2015

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) together with the Center for Civil and Human Rights (Poradňa pre občianske a ľudské práva); Citizen, democracy and accountability (Občan, demokracia a zodpovednosť); Women´s circles (Ženské kruhy); TransFusion (TransFúzia) and the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) welcome the concluding observations of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (UN CEDAW) issued recently after its November session on Slovakia. In the document, the UN CEDAW urges the Government of the Slovak Republic to take steps towards proper fulfilment of women's rights in Slovakia. The Committee pointed out several long-term problems and violations of women's human rights in their Concluding observations.

The Committee devoted considerable attention to the situation of Romani women. Among others it expressed concerns over persistent discrimination in access to employment and health-care and the barriers Roma women face when accessing justice. It further recognised long-term discrimination against Romani children in education and explicitly recommended the Slovak national authorities to ensure Romani girls have equal access to inclusive education. The UN CEDAW also expressed concerns about the inability of the justice system to provide appropriate, effective and gender-sensitive remedies in a timely manner to Romani women who were subjected to forced sterilization.

Press release of the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) together with Center for Civil and Human Rights (Poradňa pre občianske a ľudské práva); Citizen, democracy and accountability (Občan, demokracia a zodpovednosť); Women´s circles (Ženské kruhy); TransFusion (TransFúzia) and the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR).

  • This press release is also available in Slovak.
  • UN CEDAW Concluding observations on Slovakia available here
  • Parallel report of the European Roma Rights Centre and Center for Civil and Human Rights for consideration by the UN CEDAW available here

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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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