The Council of Europe has called on the Czech Republic and Slovakia to take measures aimed at preventing the discrimination and combating segregation faced by Roma communities.
The council’s European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) issued a report detailing the lack of steps taken to integrate Roma communities in the Czech Republic as well as the need for a crackdown on gender-oriented discrimination towards the LGBTI community. A report published by the Commissioner for Human Rights examined similar issues in Slovakia.
As reported by Newsweek, the ECRI report on the Czech Republic expressed “serious concern” at the potency of discrimination against the Roma in the country, noting that “discrimination and prejudice are still the key factors” in reducing job opportunities for the Roma.
The report also criticised the government for allowing discrimination against Roma children to continue, arguing that segregated “Roma only” schools, offering a worse quality of education, continued to exist and no transfers of students from these to other schools appear to have taken place.
As regards Slovakia, the report called on the government to tackle continued physical violence against the Roma, raising concern about “the frequent allegations of excessive use of force by police officers during raids carried out in Roma settlements.”
The report also called on the government to stop the “chronic, pervasive segregation of Roma children in the education system” in Slovakia.