On 16 January, a law suit was submitted against Gjakovë/Ðakovica. The municipality discriminates minority children, notifies ECMI Kosovo in a press release. ECMI helped the affected parents in preparing the case.
Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian children are the alleged victims of discrimination in a law suit that was filed by solicitor Bahtir Troshupa last Wednesday. It is the Directorate of Education of the Gjakovë/Ðakovica municipality that is going to sit in the dock.
According to the accusing party the discrimination takes place in the Mustafa Bakija primary school where Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian children have been placed in a segregated class separate from their Albanian peers.
The lawsuit claims that this practice is a form of discrimination. It is believed to violate the Constitution of Kosovo, the Anti-Discrimination Law of Kosovo, as well as the European Convention on Human Rights. The lawsuit calls for the following actions to be taken:
- The segregated class is dismantled and the affected students transferred to a multiethnic class.
- Compensation is provided for the immaterial damages suffered due to the human rights violations.
The European Centre for Minority Issues Kosovo has for a long time worked to stop and prevent the segregation of Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptian children in Kosovo.
Together with the Centre for Legal Aid and Regional Development (CLARD), ECMI Kosovo has supported the affected parents in preparing the case. It is considered to be a strategic litigation case, which is the technical term for a case of public interest.
The endeavors are part of the project Enhancing the Positive Impact of the Law for Vulnerable and Marginalised Groups in Kosovo, funded by the European Union and managed by the European Union Office in Kosovo.