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With the new rezoning, Shtip will fight against the segregation of Roma students

After the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled that segregation is carried out in two schools in Shtip and Bitola, the municipality of Shtip is again making attempts to prevent the formation of pure Roma classes in OOU "Goce Delchev". A new rezoning is being done, with which children from the Roma community will not be enrolled in this school according to their residential address, but in the others to which they gravitate.

The court in Strasbourg found that there is discrimination, but it is not the fault of the school and the municipality. It is stated that the reason is the difference in the ratio of students, i.e. 60% of the newly enrolled students are Roma. Some of the Roma parents are also late in enrolling their children in the first grade. In September, the classes have already been formed and the only thing that remains is for the newly enrolled students to finish with the same teacher.

Last year, some of the parents who had to enroll their children in the Gotse Delchev school according to their residential address also changed their identity cards, that is, they changed their residence to other addresses. The families who initiated the lawsuit for segregation in Stip and Bitola after the verdict in Strasbourg should receive a total of 45,600 euros from the state.

 

European Commission takes Slovakia to the EU Court of Justice over Romani children's segregation in the schools

According to the European Commission (EC), Slovakia is not effectively addressing the problem of Romani children being segregated in the schools. The EC has now filed a lawsuit with the EU Court of Justice over the issue.

Slovakia has undertaken a lot of legislative reforms and attempted to include Romani pupils, but is not making enough progress, according to an EC statement released today. According to Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger, many administrations have been engaged in practical solutions to the problem.

“The EU rules on racial equality (Directive 2000/43/EC) strictly prohibit discrimination on grounds of ethnic origin in key areas of life, including education. In Slovakia, however, Roma children are often placed in special schools for pupils with mild mental disabilities. Many Roma children who attend mainstream education are also segregated, in separate classes or schools,” the EC statement said today.

In 2015, the EC launched an infringement proceeding against Slovakia over the issue, and in 2019 they sent the Government their reasoned opinion about it. “Since then, Slovakia has undertaken a series of legislative reforms and adopted several strategies and action plans to foster Roma inclusion in education. However, after carefully assessing those measures and monitoring the situation on the ground, the Commission concluded that the reforms undertaken so far are insufficient,” the EC said.

“This is a consequence of the fact that nothing has been done with this for years. This is a problem that has persisted since the Slovak Republic began. The problem is here and we are intensively working on it,” Heger told journalists, adding that he believes it will take another 10 or 20 years for the practical solution to this issue to make any more significant progress.

Link: https://romea.cz/en/world/european-commission-takes-slovakia-to-the-eu-court-of-justice-over-romani-childrens-segregation-in-the-schools

Political pressures on citizens – Roma as “easy targets”

Party officials and activists often use illegal means to influence the electoral will of members of socially disadvantaged and minority groups.

The poorest citizens are often exposed to political pressure as "easy targets". Compared to the general population, the rate of employment and education among Roma is significantly lower, and housing conditions are much worse. Combined with prejudice and marginalization, these facts make the Roma population very susceptible to pressure and manipulation by political actors.

Pressures on Roma sometimes also come from minority parties. Pressure is often exerted by persons who are Roma themselves. Either as party activists or party collaborators, i.e. Roma party trustees, or as coordinators for Roma issues, members of Roma organizations or members of the National Council, Roma are often the ones who directly exert pressure on their compatriots or play an important role in various forms of electoral corruption. covered Roma population.

The pressure exerted on Roma through the service system is testified by a member of a Roma organization, who gained authority in the Roma community through many years of work in the civil sector. As a member of the Roma organization, he functions as a link between the party and the Roma community, with the task of obtaining as many Roma votes as possible. He presents himself as someone who can do crucial things for the Roma community, such as employment, local actions, solving infrastructure problems, scholarships for children, education of young people, etc. He says that he would be cooperative with any party that would be considerate of the Roma community and that would enable him to perform the aforementioned tasks.

Link: https://pritisci.crta.rs/pritisci-na-rome/?fbclid=IwAR2A9V-IZYaPwXCPYTafk3u5l_BtjDD1VoZBklgiKTZDbyFYk92B4lJEZ9U

The Alliance against Roma Discrimination is outraged by the actions of the police and the basic public prosecutor's office in Leskovac in the case of an attack on Roma in Turekovac

"We believe that the attack is inadmissible and must not be tolerated in a society that promotes democracy." "Although the police have identified the suspects, we believe that the investigation is insufficiently detailed and that additional steps should be taken to determine responsibility for this incident," the statement said.

Also, the Alliance against Discrimination of Roma expresses its indignation at the actions of the police and the basic public prosecutor's office in Leskovac, who believe that it is a criminal offense that can be prosecuted under a private lawsuit.

"We call on all competent institutions to take adequate steps to protect the Roma from such attacks and to prevent the further spread of prejudice and hatred towards them." Roma are a part of this society and have the same rights as all other citizens of the RS", it is stated at the end of the announcement of the Alliance against Roma Discrimination.

As a reminder, today the Leskovac Police Department announced to ROMinfomedia that on April 11 this year, police officers from the Police Department in Leskovac, immediately after the victims reported that unknown persons were throwing stones and banging on the gates of houses, went to the scene, interviewed injured parties and notified the competent prosecutor's office, which stated that it was a criminal offense that was prosecuted under a private lawsuit.

As it was announced, with further work, the police identified and found a twenty-two-year-old young man, as well as five nineteen-year-olds, against whom they will file appropriate misdemeanor charges from the Law on Public Order and Peace.

Link: https://rominfomedia.rs/2023/04/18/alijansa-protiv-diskriminacije-roma-ogorcena-postupanjem-policije-i-osnovnog-javnog-tuzilastva-u-leskovcu-u-slucaju-napada-na-rome-u-turekovcu/

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