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US Hindus want end to segregation of Roma pupils

Posted on Dec 15, 02:53PM | IBNS

A US based Hindu group said they want immediate end to reported continual and systematic ethnic segregation of Roma (Gypsy) children in Czech Republic which, they say, is blatant racism. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) on Saturday, said that Roma children, like all Czech Republic children, should go to mainstream schools.

This segregation resulting in inequality was shocking, unreasonable, unfair, immoral and discriminatory and was totally unacceptable in the 21st century Europe, he said.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged immediate intervention of European Union (EU) on this matter.

"EU bosses, who boasted of human rights record of Europe, needed to wake up. Did high-flown 'Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015' initiative, of which Czech Republic held the presidency in 2010-2011, actually aimed at 'exclusion'?" Zed asked.

He applauded Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks for speaking out for quality of education of Roma children in Czech Republic, asking for the "political will and sustained commitment" of the government, and urging to "bring to an end the vicious circle of segregated education that affects Roma children" after a recent four-day visit to the country.

"Roma segregation remains a serious problem in the Czech Republic," says Commissioner's website.

This reported continual segregation of Roma children in Czech Republic schools had resulted in inferior quality education and limiting success for them, thus causing them to fall into poverty, Zed pointed out.

References to Roma people in Europe, who number around 15-million, reportedly went as far back as ninth century CE.