Czech Republic Discriminates Against Roma Children
In a damning report by Amnesty International, it accuses the Czech Republic of discriminating against Roma children. One of the ploys to segregate and discriminate against Roma children was to enroll them in schools for children with mental disabilities when they were of normal intelligence. When The European Court of Human Rights ruled that the Czech authorities discriminated against the children by placing them in institutes for children with mental disabilities, they renamed their schools "practical elementary schools" and continued to enroll disproportionate numbers of Roma children.
Many Roma children are also placed in segretated schools which offer substandard educational opportunities.
Amnesty International's report, Injustice renamed: Discrimination in education of Roma persists in the Czech Republic, examines the systematic discrimination that still exists in the Czech education system, despite a 2007 judgment by the European Court of Human Rights.
The Court found that the Czech Republic had discriminated against Romani children by placing them in "special schools" for children with mental disabilities, where they received a sub-standard education.
The sub-standard education offered to the Roma children ensures the continuation of poverty and marginalization that many Roma face in that country.