Czech Republic Discriminates Against Romas

A recent report by Amnesty International(AI) indicates Romas are subject to discrimination on the part of police and there is need to retrain those who supposedly protect human rights. AI says prejudice is most apparent in housing, health care, employment and education. Roma complaints that their children were more prone to be sent to special schools where they never attained a solid academic education and thus were prevented from pursuing higher education was validated by the European Court of Human Rights. The Czech Republic is the only European Union nation which lacks an anti-discrimination law.

There is a massive record of Czech police violating human rights, particularly those who are from minority groups or lack money and social standing. Perhaps, the first step in dealing with issues impacting Romas is to re-educate those in authority so they adhere to EU laws regarding human rights.

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