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The Impact of Legislation and Policies on School Segregation of Romani Children

16 February 2007

The Impact of Legislation and Policies on School Segregation of Romani Children

The ERRC wishes to announce the publication of "The Impact of Legislation and Policies on School Segregation of Romani Children". Segregated education of Roma remains a prevalent feature of the educational systems in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. This situation has been repeatedly condemned by human rights bodies supervising state's compliance with international human rights law as well as by public institutions at national level which monitor human and minority rights.

In recent years, inequalities facing Roma in education, including segregated education, have been given attention by governments in Central and Eastern Europe as a result of which a number of policy documents on Roma in general as well as on education, in particular, have been developed.

In 2006, the European Roma Rights Centre undertook to document the state of government actions to desegregate education of Roma. The study presents an overview of legislation and policy measures which are directly aimed at or may have an impact on desegregating education of Roma. We discuss the effectiveness of these policies exploring their scope, sustainability and potential to reverse segregated education. The study also includes a discussion of Roma-specific educational measures seeking to assess their impact on segregated education.

Our primary focus is measures developed within the framework of mainstream government policies, i.e. systematic, long-term interventions which are commensurate with the scale of the school segregation problem in the respective countries.

This study was produced in the framework of the project "Action for the Empowerment of Roma in Education and Employment" funded by the EU as part of the Community Action Program to Combat Discrimination 2001-2006. ERRC core donors Open Society Institute, Sigrid Rausing Trust and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency contributed matching funding. "The Impact of Legislation and Policies on School Segregation of Romani Children" can be downloaded HERE.

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Call for Grant Proposals: Community Legal Work Projects

20 January 2017

The ERRC’s legal work – which the organisation describes as “strategic litigation” – has been called “elite” or “elitist”. Budapest-best legal staff members work with us, Roma, as well as with local lawyers and NGOs, to design cases to have a big impact at national or European levels, and ultimately to ensure greater respect for our rights. But is this really working for us? Are we yet convinced – as the ERRC is – that court cases, and relying on legal rights more generally, are going to make our situation any better?

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Call for Proposals: Website Design and Hosting

18 January 2017

The European Roma Rights Centre (“the ERRC”) needs a clear, bold website to get strong messages across to the allies and foes of Roma rights: We are equal. The rights violations we suffer are real and unacceptable. We are taking our cases to court and winning. And the ERRC’s activist lawyers, advocates, researchers, human rights monitors, and entire team are making it possible.

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Romani Woman Harassed by Racist Hospital Staff during Childbirth Wins Case

18 January 2017

Budapest, 18 January 2017: A Romani woman harassed by staff while giving birth at a Hungarian hospital has won a decision in her favour from the Hungarian Equality Body. The woman who gave birth to her baby daughter in February 2016 was alone in the hospital and intimidated by staff who subjected her to verbal harassment and racial slurs, with one doctor telling her “you Gypsies give birth only for the money!”

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