A Fresh Wind Across the Prairie - The European Court of Human Rights Acknowledges Systemic Discrimination in the Case of Education of Romani Children from the Czech Republic


Date of publication:  01 Dec 2007 Authors:  Andi Dobrushi Publisher:  European Roma Rights Center Publication type:  Newsletter / Review / Bulletin

On 13 November 2007, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights announced the much awaited decision in the case of D.H. and others v. The Czech Republic, or as it has been commonly referred to, “the Ostrava case”. By a striking majority (13 votes to 4), the Grand Chamber held that there had been a violationof Article 14 (prohibition against discrimination) taken jointly with the Article 2 of Protocol 1 (right to education). Undoubtedly, the case will enter the court’s annals/history as the first one where it spelled out clearly its standards and approach on non-discrimination. Most importantly, it did so in the context of the most disadvantaged minority in Europe, Roma, who face and suffer from discrimination in all facets of their lives.

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