Tag: slovakia

Who is going to break the silence over segregation of Romani children in Slovakia: the Ministry of Education or the European Court of Justice?

2017-10-25

By Marek Balaz

The recently appointed Slovak Minister of Education, Martina Lubyova, has to resolve the biggest dilemma facing her ministry in years. Either she will be the minister who openly admits that the educational system in Slovakia discriminates against tens of thousands of Romani students, or she will leave this task to the European Court of Justice. 

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What’s it going to take to end school segregation in Slovakia? New report exposes the depths of discrimination faced by Romani children

2017-03-01

By Bernard Rorke and Marek Szilvasi

A new report by the ERRC and Amnesty International exposes the shocking extent of school segregation and deeply embedded institutional racism in Slovakia. This discriminatory system continues to deny Romani children the opportunity of quality inclusive education and traps them in an intergenerational cycle of poverty and exclusion.

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The ‘success story’ that wasn’t: Slovakia’s EU Presidency and access to water

2017-01-13

By Marek Szilvasi

Prime Minister Róbert Fico was quick to hail Slovakia’s EU presidency as a great success. Within days of the country ending its six-month stint at the helm of the European Union, Fico opened the New Year with a press statement describing the Presidency as “truly successful in every extent, all the highest representatives of the EU confirmed that.

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No End to Roma Exclusion? UN Committee Strongly Critical of Slovakia

2016-11-07

By Bernard Rorke

The UN Human Rights Committee has once again called on Slovakia to acknowledge its responsibility for past practices of forced sterilisation of Romani women; to eradicate widespread de facto practices of school segregation; to ensure that evictions from public land “are a means of last resort”; and hold local authorities to account for segregationist policies and behaviour.

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When words fall on stony soil and hearts harden in the face of injustice: On coercive sterilisation and social theatre

2016-06-15

By Marek Szilvasi

In Czechoslovakia coercive sterilisation policies primarily targeted groups that were considered a threat to the public health of society. Romani women were among these targeted groups, and  over a period of almost thirty years, hundreds of Romani women were either sterilised without their knowledge, or unduly pressured by doctors and social workers to ‘consent’ to sterilisation. It was a bitter and cruel historical twist that Czechoslovakia launched its eugenic program focused on limiting the reproductive capacities of its ‘problematic’ groups in the early 1970s, just when Sweden finally chose to abolish its coercive sterilisation policies. Sweden had the unsavoury distinction of being the first country to introduce eugenic laws in the 1930s, even before Nazi Germany or fascist Italy. Only in 1993 did Czech-Slovak authorities abolish such abusive state policies, but in the absence of any new comprehensive policy framework, the practice mushroomed and continued until early 2000.

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