Legal cases

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Horváth and Kiss v. Hungary

István Horváth was born in 1994. He was living in a Roma settlement in Nyíregyháza, close to the eastern border of Hungary. In 2001 an Expert and Rehabilitation Committee had assessed his mental ability and diagnosed him with mild mental disability and declared him a special educational need child. Pursuant to the diagnosis he could only enrol to a special, remedial school for disabled children.

The Gyöngyöspata case

Gyöngyöspata is located in the north of Hungary, encircled by vineyards and sunflower fields. The fascist paramilitary militia Véderő chose this village to be the basis for their training camp for two weeks in March, 2011. They revisited the town several times up until the summer. They targeted the local Roma who lived in a segregated area in very poor conditions.

Legal Action against the Ministry of Education and Culture/National Resources

In September 2009, CFCF filed a legal action against the Ministry of Education alleging that by failing to take action against segregating school maintainers (local governments) the respondent violated the principle of equal treatment. In 2003 the Ministry of Education entrusted two experts to research and investigate the situation of Roma children in Hungarian primary schools. The outcome of the research included a list of segregated schools.

Miskolc desegregation case

Chance for Children Foundation filed a strategic case in July 2005 concerning segregation of Romani students in certain schools run by the municipality. The County Court of first instance rejected the claim by the Foundation in November 2005. On June 9, 2006 the Debrecen Court of Appeals established the violation of the equal treatment principle in relation to Romani children.