Which Children Matter?

19 March, 2018

by Jenne Magno
Runtime: 75′

Synopsis

In the Czech Republic, Roma children have been disproportionately placed in de facto segregated or special schools for the mentally disabled for generations. In November 2007, the European Court of Human Rights found the Czech Republic had unlawfully, indirectly discriminated against such children in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights. Because little has changed since then, the European Commission has also recently begun infringement proceedings against the Czech Republic (and Slovakia) over discrimination against Romani children in education.

In this film, you will meet Czech and Slovak Romani immigrant children, several considered ineducable by their own societies, as they thrive in a new school, in a new language, in an equitable environment in the UK. You will also meet children in the Czech Republic who are breaking through the biases of ‘us and them’ as they redefine what is possible.

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The film was followed by a panel discussion with:

Ryan Killackey

Ryan Killackey

Film Director

Director of ‘Yasuni Man

Maria Cristina Zucco

Maria Cristina Zucco

Legal Officer

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

Fernando Ponz Canto

Fernando Ponz Canto

Deputy Head of Division for Mexico, Central America and Caribbean

European External Action Service (EEAS)

Carlos Jimenez

Carlos Jimenez

Moderator

United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe (UNRIC)

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