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Amnesty: despite court order, Czechs place healthy Gypsy kids in schools for disabled

Amnesty International says the Czech Republic has failed to comply with a European court order to stop placing healthy Gypsy children in schools for the mentally disabled.

The European Court of Human Rights ruled in 2007 that the Czech Republic must stop the practice.

In a report published Thursday, the human rights group says it found that Gypsies, or Roma, still make up almost 30 percent of the students in schools for those with mild mental disabilities, while the community makes up less than 3 percent of the country's population.

The report says: "Let's call this what it is: racism, pure and simple."

The Education Ministry says it is taking steps to fix the problem and that the number of Romani children in those schools is declining.