New publication: Right to Education: Reality and Strategic Litigation Options

Forum for Human Rights and Amnesty International Czech Republic published a new publication on the right to education and the level of its fulfilment in the Czech Republic with an emphasis on particularly vulnerable children: children with disabilities, Roma children, children facing poverty, and social exclusion. The publication takes the form of a human rights analysis based on 16 real stories of children and their families, reflected from the perspective of concepts based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and on reports by the UN Special Rapporteurs on the right to education. Backed by these concepts, the publication points to the most acute shortcomings of the Czech education system, which lead to systemic discrimination of particularly vulnerable children, and which often take a very subtle, hard-to-grasp form. Nevertheless, the seriousness of these shortcomings become clear when independent individual experiences are compiled side by side and viewed through the lens of human rights obligations arising from a child’s right to education.

The publication also analyses strategic litigation options in the field of the right to education, seeking to highlight their potential obstacles and ways to deal with them.

The publication aims to contribute to the debate on the problems of the Czech education system and its necessary transformation with a human-rights perspective and to promote litigation activities in the field of the right to education.

You can download the FULL TEXT of the publication here (Czech only).

The publication was created within the project “Right to Education: Reality and Possibilities of Strategic Politics” supported by a grant from the Open Society Fund Prague.