On November 13, 2007, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled 13-4 that the educational separation of Roma children in the Czech Republic violated their rights. The court held that the separation amounts to racial discrimination in violation of Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights, finding that the schools for Roma children offered substandard education. The Czech Republic was ordered to pay €4,000 to each child. The year prior, the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia reported that Roma gypsies, Jews and Muslims continue to experience significant racial and ethnic discrimination and violence in EU countries.
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