10-04-08 5:09 PMEurope's Roma community still facing massive discrimination | Amnesty InternationalPage 2 of 8http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/feature-stories/europes-roma-community-still-facing-massive-discrimination-20090408
Romani children are frequently unjustifiably placed in"special schools" where curtailed curricula limit their possibilities for fulfilling their potential.Wednesday is
International Roma Day
, a celebration of Romani culture that aims to raise awareness of the issuesfacing Roma people. Held on 8 April every year since 1990,the Day draws attention to discrimination directed at Romaand Gypsy communities globally.
Denied a proper education in the Czech Republic andSlovakia
Discrimination against Roma continues in the CzechRepublic. An anti-Roma march by far-right protestersthrough the Romani community in P
erov descended intoviolence on Saturday, when demonstrators clashed withcounter-demonstrators.An estimated 300,000 Roma live in the Czech Republic,making up less than 3 per cent of the population.Unemployment particularly affects Czech Romacommunities, who are estimated by some sources to makeup a third of all those registered as unemployed in theCzech Republic. The Roma are also among the mostvulnerable to police ill-treatment and other racially motivatedviolence.The Constitution of the Czech Republic guarantees that allchildren have the right to an education. Yet, despite positivemeasures taken in 2005 – in removing the category of "special schools" and the creation of measures to facilitatethe integration of Roma children into the main educationalsystem – there is still discrimination and intentional exclusionof Romani children from mainstream education.The practice of segregating Romani children in schools for children with mental disabilities continues, despite a ruling bythe European Court of Human Rights in November 2007 thatit amounted to unlawful discrimination.In Slovakia, huge numbers of Romani children areinappropriately placed in "special schools" for children withmental disabilities, where they receive a substandard
Denied a proper education in the Czech Republicand SlovakiaDiscrimination in ItalyAnti-Roma sentiment on the rise in HungaryForced evictions in SerbiaRefused adequate housing in RomaniaForcibly returned to Kosovo