Document - Slovakia: Amnesty International report criticising Slovak authorities for segregation in education

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL �MEDIA ADVISORY��30 August 2013

AI Index: EUR 72/006/2013

Amnesty International report criticising Slovak authorities for segregation in education

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As many Romani children start another school year in segregated classes in Slovakia, Amnesty International is launching a report shaming the authorities for their failure to end this discriminatory practice.

The report, Unfulfilled promises: Failing to end segregation of Roma pupils in Slovakia, exposes the longstanding discrimination of Roma in the education system.

Amnesty International urges the Slovak government to introduce reforms urgently to end segregation in education. It also calls on the European Commission to take a stronger stance and action against Slovakia, where the government is failing to end widespread and systemic segregation in education.

When: Wednesday, 4 September 2013, 0930 CEST

Where: Pulitzer, Zupne namestie 7

Who:

Jezerca Tigani, Europe and Central Asia Deputy Programme Director at Amnesty International

Barbora Černušáková, researcher on Slovakia, Amnesty International

Brano Ondrášik, Board member of Amnesty International Slovakia

Monika Duždová, Roma teaching assistant, Primary School Šarišské Michaľany

For more information and to arrange an interview please contact::

Lydia Aroyo, Europe and Central Asia Press Officer at Amnesty International at lydia.aroyo@amnesty.org,or 0907 137 122(Slovak mobile after 2 September 2013) or + 44 20 7413 5599 / +44 (0)7771 796 350 (UK).

Amnesty International Slovakia at +421 2 5441 9660

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