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Thursday, April 3, 2014
Intentional Segregation in Substandard Education in the Czech Republic
The Czech Republic continues to segregate Romani
children as well as children with disabilities in inferior schools and
classrooms. Almost seven years ago, in a case brought by the European Roma
Rights Centre (ERRC), the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the Czech
Republic discriminated against Romani children by placing them in substandard
schools designed for pupils with intellectual disabilities and
disproportionately attended by Roma (D.H. v. Czech Republic). Today,
these schools continue to serve as warehouses for Romani children and children
with disabilities alike, in violation of Czech obligations under EU and
international law. Romani children and children determined to have intellectual
disabilities continue to be trapped in low-quality segregated education,
ensuring a cycle of poverty as they leave school unprepared for the workplace.
The Czech government has failed to address the problem of discrimination against
Romani pupils in education and has failed to establish an inclusive education
system for all as a matter of priority, and it has not carried out the necessary
systemic reform in order to comply with the D.H.
For more information, contact: Sinan Gökçen Media and Communications
Officer European Roma Rights Centre Tel.