UN Committee criticizes Czech Republic over Roma discrimination and xenophobia
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) published a report today on its review of the Czech Republic, which took place on 12 and 13 August in Geneva. Its report begins with an overview of positive steps, including the adoption of the Romani Integration Strategy and an amendment to the Schools Act that promotes inclusive education.
Criticism of the Czech Republic predominates, however. The report finds that the country is not producing any available, reliable statistical data about ethnic minorities.
CERD says insufficient funds were allocated to fulfilling the Government's Romani Integration Strategy and Strategy to Combat Social Exclusion in the past. The Commitee also notes that the number of people living in excluded localities has risen.
The report notes that prejudices against asylum-seekers and refugees, as well as Islamophobia, are spreading in Czech society. Romani people continue to be discriminated against with regard to accessing basic economic and social rights.
Lastly, CERD notes that Romani children continue to be segregated in the Czech schools. Too many Romani children are also placed into institutional care.
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