The Minister of Regional Development in Romania acknowledged that the situation of Roma living on and near a rubbish dump in Pata Rât is ‘unacceptable’, during a meeting with non-governmental organisations (NGO) earlier this week.
There is concern at reports of police ill-treatment, including beating and unlawful arrest, of members of the Romani community in Hermanovce on 27 and 28 October 1999. Amnesty International is calling for a prompt and impartial investigation.
The reported torture of three Romani men in police custody, one of whom died in suspicious circumstances, dramatically underlines the urgency of the situation facing the Romani community in Slovakia, Amnesty International said today in a letter to the Slovak government.
Amnesty International is concerned that allegations of illegal, including forced, sterilization of Romani women in Slovakia were not being investigated independently, thoroughly and impartially as required by international law. In October 2003 the official investigation was concluded, finding that no criminal offence had been committed. Amnesty International reiterates its concern that this investigation failed to meet international standards. Furthermore, Amnesty International is concerned about the Slovak government's refusal to accept responsibility for failing to ensure that no sterilizations could be performed without free and informed consent.
(Bratislava) Huge numbers of Romani children are still being placed disproportionatelyin special schools and classes for children with mental disabilities and learning difficulties, or segregated in Roma-only mainstream schools across the country, Amnesty International said today.
Across the Council of Europe Member States racial, ethnic and cultural discrimination against Roma remains profound. Roma people continue to be largely excluded from public life and unable to enjoy access to adequate housing, health services and face discrimination in accessing employment. In many member states, the authorities are failing to ensure the rights of Romani children to access to education without discrimination. Some Member States continue to tolerate, and even promote, the diversion of Roma into special classes or schools where a reduced curriculum is taught.
Amnesty International is deeply concerned by the cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of six Romani youngsters - three of them who are reported to be under the age of 18 – detained at a police station in Košice which was depicted on a video published on the internet.
Following yesterday’s approval by the Slovak National Assembly of the new coalition government’s programme for the next four years in office, Amnesty International welcomes the stated commitment to adopt measures to eliminate segregation in education on the basis of ethnic origin.
This document is a schoolbook of a fictional Romani child living in Slovakia. His story is drawn from the experiences and testimony of real Romani children across Slovakia. The segregation of Roma in Slovak schools is a result of racial discrimination within the education system. It reflects prejudice and intolerance in Slovak society in general and is a factor in the perpetuation of such attitudes.