Slovakia: A lesson in discrimination. Segregation of romani children in Primary Education in Slovakia

Index number: EUR 72/5640/2017. The joint report by Amnesty International and the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) documents that Romani children are systemically denied their rights to education and non-discrimination in primary education in Slovakia. They are segregated in Roma-only mainstream schools or classes, or special schools and classes for children with “mild mental disabilities”. In April 2015, the European Commission (EC) launched infringement proceedings against Slovakia for breaching the prohibition of discrimination in education set out in EU law. Amnesty International and the ERRC call on the Slovak authorities to publicly acknowledge and commit to urgently address existing segregation of Romani pupils heads-on.


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