Magazine article New Internationalist

Roma Discrimination Rife

Magazine article New Internationalist

Roma Discrimination Rife

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SLOVAKIA

There is a growing trend of Roma segregation in the Eastern European country of Slovakia, despite a landmark ruling last September that forced a junior- elementary school to integrate its students.

Before the court case, Roma pupils at Sarissvke Michal'any school were taught in separate classes, had to play outside in different areas and were barred from the café. It was not an isolated case. The segregation practised at this school was typical of others across Slovakia.

Seven months after the ruling, little has changed. Most classes at Sarissvke Michal'any remain segregated, with only the 16 brightest Roma students now allowed into previously 'white only' classrooms.

Exclusion has surged in recent years. Across Slovakia, 40 per cent of Roma students are taught separately, compared with just 7 per cent 20 years ago.

Places of education are not the only sites of separation. …

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