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Deaf children in Romania asked to describe ‘the sound of leaves’

There has been an outcry amongst the parents of children at a school for deaf children in the Romanian capital Bucharest following an exam in which the children were asked to describe the sound of autumn leaves crunching underfoot.

“Just as we recognise the rights of ethnic minorities living in Romania to be taught in their native languages, we must also respect the rights of deaf children to be taught Romanian Sign Language,” said Adriana Saftoiu, a member of the country’s largest opposition party, the PNL.

On November 16 Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović called on Romania to strengthen its institutional framework to better protect the rights of persons with disabilities.