Amnesty calls for action on Ombudsman’s report on Roma children wrongly taken into care

Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director, Amnesty International Ireland said: “We welcome the Government’s mandating the Children’s Ombudsman to conduct this inquiry. Today’s public apology by the Taoiseach and Minister to the two families is also important and welcome. However, the substantive response to the report will be the real test of the Government’s resolve. We urge that the report’s recommendations are implemented fully and swiftly.

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Amnesty International Ireland today welcomed the Government?s publication of the report of the independent Special Inquiry by the Ombudsman for Children into the removal of two Roma children from their families in October 2013 based on unfounded concerns regarding their identity.

Source: amnesty.ie

Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director, Amnesty International Ireland said: “We welcome the Government’s mandating the Children’s Ombudsman to conduct thisinquiry. Today’s public apology by the Taoiseach and Minister to the two families is also important and welcome. However, the substantive response to the report will be the real test of the Government’s resolve. We urge that the report’s recommendations are implemented fully and swiftly.

The Ombudsman’s report finds the individual Garda in one of these cases did not hold prejudicial attitudes toward Roma. Nevertheless, the actions were discriminatory. In the second case, the Garda’s actions were deemed by the Ombudsman to meet the definition of ‘ethnic profiling’.

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