Tag: rights of the child

Romani Children in State Care: the plight of the Alushi Family


By Aurela Bozo

Two of Myzejen Alushi’s five children are growing up in state care institutions in Tirana, over 100 kilometres from their family home in Fier in south-western Albania. Myzejen is half Egyptian and her husband Lulush is Roma; their children were taken away and placed in separate institutions without any court decision; and the Alushis are still the legal guardians of eleven-year-old M.D. and five-year-old Sh.A. This is the story of their struggle to get their children back home.

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Why are Romani children denied access to education in France?


By Radost Zaharieva

Education is a fundamental right according to article 14 from the Charter of fundamental rights of the European Union. Access to quality education is essential for successful participation in society, and it is a crucial element for Roma communities to combat the social exclusion they face, and to improve their economic situation. Access to education for Roma communities is also vital if they are to access their social, economic and cultural rights, such as access to housing, health care and employment.

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Suffer Little Children: the terrible toll of everyday racism against Roma


By Bernard Rorke

The deaths of two small Romani children on January 1 and January 3 in Košice’s Luník IX and the Mašličkovo settlement in Slovakia went largely unremarked and unreported in the European media. One child froze to death, the other died in a fire. This last weekend has just brought shocking news of three more child fatalities in another fire in a shack in Slovakia. 

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Talking with Thomas Hammarberg


By Bernard Rorke

In an interview with Bernard Rorke, the former Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg discussed anti-Gypsyism and the Swedish White Paper; poverty and exclusion in Romania; why the French government tried and failed to have him dismissed; hate speech and hate crime in the Czech Republic and Hungary; what’s at stake in our democracies today, and why you should never spy into a child’s diary.

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New UN Opportunity for Romani Children to Combat Rights Violations


By Crina Elena Morteanu

The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure (OPCRC) came into force on the 14th of April this year. This new Optional Protocol gives children (including Romani children) the opportunity to directly complain to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about violations of their rights.

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