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United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child Reviews Italy

10 May 2003

On January 31, 2003, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child published its Concluding Observations on Italy. In its Concluding Observations, released following its 32nd session, the Committee stated:

"20. [...] the Committee is concerned at racist incidents against minorities; the use of hate speech in public presentations; the disparities in the enjoyment of economic and social rights, particularly health, social welfare, education, and housing experienced by poor children, Roma children, non-Italian children, including unaccompanied minors, and disabled children.

31. The Committee is deeply concerned about allegations of instances of ill-treatment by law enforcement officers against children and at the prevalence of abuse, in particular against foreign and Roma children.

51. The Committee notes that a reform of the juvenile justice system is pending. It is concerned at the existing discrimination against children from foreign origin and Roma children within the juvenile justice system; [...].

53. In particular, the Committee recommends that the State party: (a) take all necessary measures, including through awareness campaign and adequate training of the personnel involved, to prevent and eliminate discrimination against children from foreign origin and Roma children;

54. While noting efforts undertaken by the State party in order to improve the situation of Roma children, The Committee remains concerned at their difficult social situation and their insufficient access to education and health services. In addition, the Committee is deeply concerned at instances of discrimination against this group of children, sometimes from the personnel of the State party themselves.

55. The Committee recommends that the State party develop in cooperation with Roma NGOs comprehensive proactive policies and programmes to prevent social exclusion and discrimination, and to allow Roma children to fully enjoy their rights, including access to education and health care."
- Full text of the Committee's Concluding Observations .


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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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