Judgment concerning Hungary

Human Rights building
30/03/23

In the case of Szolcsán v. Hungary the Court held that there had been a violation of the prohibition of discrimination taken in conjunction with the right to education.

The case concerned the applicant’s education in a primary school that was almost exclusively attended by Roma children. His request to be transferred to another school in a neighbouring town was rejected because he did not live in the school’s catchment area.

The Court found that the fact that his school was almost exclusively attended by Roma children amounted to segregation and reiterated that the education of Roma children in segregated classes or schools without taking adequate measures to correct inequalities was incompatible with the State’s duty not to discriminate based on race or ethnicity.

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