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Payment of Compensation for Segregated Roma Started in Gyöngyöspata Case

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.07.25.

Half of the compensation payment stipulated by court for Roma who used to be segregated at school in rural northern Hungary was transferred to the beneficiaries on Friday morning and the other half will be paid within a month, the prime minister’s commissioner László Horváth, a lawmaker of ruling Fidesz, said.

Horváth told a press conference in the northern Hungarian town of Gyöngyöspata that “the lesson has been learnt” and “this cannot be repeated anywhere else in Hungary in the future”. A recent legal amendment supported by a great majority in parliament will guarantee that courts do not order financial compensation in similar cases, he added.

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Supreme Court Upholds Compensation for Segregated Roma Children

The Kúria, Hungary’s supreme court, on Tuesday upheld an earlier decision by the Debrecen appeals court under which Roma children earlier segregated at school in rural northern Hungary are entitled to compensation of a combined 100 million forints (EUR 285,000). Under the decision, the school in Gyöngyöspata, the local municipality and the school authority are […]Continue reading

If anybody suffers disadvantage in education, it will have to be compensated by extra training and “no more money-making segregation lawsuits will be possible”, he said.

He reiterated the government’s position that the court ruling concerning the Gyöngyöspata compensation of a combined 100 million forints (EUR 285,000) was “unfair and excessive”. He added that “it resulted from a politically motivated money-making scheme which was masterminded, organised and implemented by a foundation whose main sponsor is [US financier] George Soros.”

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Orbán on Gyöngyöspata Case: Gov't Sides with Decent, Working Hungarians

Commenting on the subject of school segregation in Gyöngyöspata, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said 80 percent of non-Roma students in rural schools had to contend with intolerable conditions such as high absenteeism and rule-breaking by the other students. Non-Roma Hungarians reacted by withdrawing their children from such schools, Orbán said in his regular Friday morning […]Continue reading

The Debrecen Appeal Court in September 2019 ruled that Roma children in Gyöngyöspata were segregated unlawfully at school and their right to equal treatment was violated. The court required the local authority and the school district to pay compensation to the children’s families for each year spent in segregation.

The local authority and the school district asked the Kúria, Hungary’s supreme court, to review the binding ruling last year but the Kúria upheld the Debrecen appeals court’s ruling.

featured photo: Péter Komka/MTI