Council of Europe body finds Czech Republic responsible for violating rights of children with disabilities and Romani children through institutionalisation

The European Committee of Social Rights has today found the Czech Republic responsible for large-scale and discriminatory institutionalisation of children with disabilities and Romani children in early childhood care institutions, criticising the failure of the country to adopt and implement an appropriate deinstitutionalisation strategy. In a decision released today, the European Committee found violations of…

Lack of access to a lawyer for children: Czech Republic in breach of the Convention Against Torture

Today, Forum together with the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) submitted written information to the UN Committee against Torture ahead of its examination of the periodic report of the Czech Republic. The two organisations argue that the Czech Republic violates Articles 2, 14 and 16 of the Convention Against Torture by not ensuring access to…

The school in Ostrava discriminated Romani children

Two Romani boys who were denied enrolment at Pesi Elementary School in Ostrava have won their case before the District Court. They have been represented jointly by lawyers from the Forum for Human Rights and the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) . The District Court Ostrava-Poruba decided on 1st March 2017 that the elementaiy school…

ICJ together with FORUM filed a collective complaint on lack of protection for children in the juvenile justice system

On 20 March 2017 the European Committee of Social Rights registered a collective complaint prepared by the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) based in Brussels in cooperation with Forum for Human Rights, against the Czech Republic. The complaint  argues that the Czech Republic fails to ensure equal legal protection and participation of children below the…