Slovakia has been slammed by Amnesty International for not doing enough to safeguard the rights of the Roma minority. In its report, the group also criticises Prime Minister Robert Fico of making anti-migration statements.
According to Amnesty’s report, Roma pupils still have too high representation in so-called special schools – classes for children with mental disabilities or in ethnically segregated schools and classes. It also says there is no evidence of the government taking any effective measures to prevent or tackle the issue.
As regards discrimination, Amnesty International’s report cites a case from August 2016 when the owners of a guesthouse in Bratislava refused to accommodate three Turkish students due to “security reasons”. The same section in the report also includes Fico, who “publicly associates Muslims and refugees with terrorism and uses anti-migrant rhetoric”.