MINELRES: Slovakia: Amnesty International launches report on discrimination in education of Romani

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Media Advisory 

AI Index: EUR 72/007/2007 (Public) 
News Service No: 216 
7 November 2007 

Slovakia: Amnesty International launches report on discrimination in
education of Romani children

Media invite 

(Bratislava) Amnesty International will launch a report revealing
segregation and discrimination in the education of Romani children in
Slovakia at a press conference in Bratislava on 15 November. The report
examines the plight of huge numbers of Romani children who are still
being placed in special schools and classes for children with mental
disabilities and learning difficulties, or segregated in Roma-only
mainstream schools. 

The report, Still separate, still unequal: Violations of the right to
education for Romani children in Slovakia,will be presented
simultaneously at press conferences in Bratislava and in Brussels. 

Thursday 15 November at 11:00 Central European Time (10:00GMT) 

Slovak Journalists Syndicate 
Large Conference Room. 
Zupne namestie 7 

Nicola Duckworth - Europe and Central Asia Programme Director at Amnesty
Ruben Barbado - researcher on Slovakia at Amnesty International 
Branislav Tichy - Director of Amnesty International Slovakia 

For more information please contact: 
In London and in Bratislava - Lydia Aroyo, Europe and Central Asia Press
Officer at Amnesty International's International Secretariat, Slovak
mobile (+421) (0) 918 938429; UK mobile (+44) (0) 7771 796350, e-mail:
In Bratislava - Monika Navratilova, Press Officer at Amnesty
International Slovakia, mobile (421) (0) 918 938482, e-mail:
In Brussels - Joana Gomes Cardoso, Press Officer at the European Union
Office of Amnesty International. tel. (+32 2) 548 2773, e-mail:

Note to Editors 
Present at the press conference and available for interviews will be
representative/s of the Romani community in Slovakia. 

Amnesty International has produced a Video News Access Tape intended for
use by broadcasters. It includes images and interviews with Roma
families living in isolated settlements with no water or electricity,
children facing difficulties getting to school, segregated Roma-only
school and segregated Roma and non-Roma nursery groups; interviews with
a school inspector and a representative from the ministry of education. 

Amnesty International has also produced CDs with photographs of Romani
children at school and at home intended for use by print and online

Public Document 
For more information please call Amnesty International's press office in
London, UK, on +44 20 7413 5566 
Amnesty International, 1 Easton St., London WC1X 0DW. web:

For latest human rights news view http://news.amnesty.org 

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