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Council of Europe body calls on Spain to implement Roma integration policies


Council of Europe body calls on Spain to implement Roma integration policies

Strasbourg, 16.11.2012 - The Council of Europe Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities has called on Spain to take more resolute measures to implement Roma integration policies and to ensure that they are not disproportionately affected by budgetary restrictions due to the economic crisis.


In its Third opinion on Spain, published today together with the governments´ comments, the Committee urges Spain to ensure that the implementation of admission rules to schools does not result in discriminatory practices against Roma pupils, and to prevent the persisting concentration of Roma pupils in schools located in disadvantaged areas and with lower education outcomes. It also asks the authorities to eliminate the practice of “ethnic profiling” by the police, which targets immigrants and Roma in particular, and to increase training of police to combat racism and discrimination. (more...)


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