PARIS — What good are Europe’s treaties aimed at ensuring the legal equality of all citizens when entire groups face systematic discrimination?

That’s the question that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) faces as its Grand Chamber, consisting of 17 judges, considers an appeal of an initial ruling that rejected claims of discrimination against the Roma by the Czech Republic’s education authorities.

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