Belgrade, 13 - 14 june 2017

The European Roma Rights Centre ERRC has been informed from its local human rights monitors that in many countries Romani girls do not complete their compulsory education the authorities know this is happening and are not taking action they are supposed to take to make sure Romani girls are in school. This is against national law and human rights law, including anti-discrimination principles and the best interests of the child.

To combat this abuse of Romani girls’ right to education, the ERRC organised a working group meeting of experts to discuss possible litigation and advocacy strategies against states who have failed to provide the compulsory level of education for Romani girls, and to require state compensation for this violation. Our aim is to expose responsibility for the high rate of early school leaving for Romani girls and force the authorities to decrease it. We want the states concerned to address early school leaving and implement the existing laws without discrimination.