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Romani Holocaust news from the Czech Republic, Hungary and Sweden

12 April 2000

The first Hungarian Holocaust museum should open in the year 2001, according to the Hungarian Culture Minister József Hámori, as reported by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on December 10, 1999. The Hungarian government will cover the costs of turning a currently unused Jewish synagogue in Budapest into a future memorial to the 600,000 Jewish and 60,000 Romani victims of the Holocaust in Hungary.

In the Czech Republic, Radio Prague announced on December 16, 1999, that 132 Romani Holocaust survivors in that country received approximately 1000 euro each from the Swiss Special Fund for Needy Victims of the Holocaust/Shoa. According to the Fund, this act represents symbolic help for victims of the Holocaust and is not intended to compensate them. The Prague-based Committee for the Compensation of the Romani Holocaust (VPORH) bears most credit for this effort. Together with the Museum for Romani Culture in Brno, the VPORH tracked down Romani Holocaust survivors, informed them on the Swiss initiative, and helped them with the application procedure. Another 99 Romani applicants are waiting for decisions, which should be taken soon, according to Swiss sources.

In Stockholm, the first “International Forum on the Holocaust” held on December 26-28, 1999, gathered an impressive number of around 600 delegates from 46 countries. The Romani Holocaust, however, was out of the limelight: it was reportedly mentioned on only three occasions during the entire conference, by the heads of state of Germany, Sweden, and the Czech Republic. Additionally, despite the large number of delegates, only four Roma were present as members of official national delegations, and only one — Dr Ian Hancock, Romani scholar from the United States — was invited to speak at an event following the Forum. After lobbying by the Swedish Roma Association, Dr Hancock was finally invited to speak in the official part on the last day of the conference, where he criticised some governments’ verbal commitment to fight discrimination today, while at the same time actively discriminating against Roma. Because the Swedish government expressed the intention of making this an annual event, Dr Hancock proposed that there also be a permanent yearly session on the situation of Roma in Europe.

(ERRC, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Prague)

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ERRC submission to UN HRC on Hungary (February 2018)

14 February 2018

Written Comments of the European Roma Rights Centre concerning Hungary to the UN Human Rights Committee for consideration at its 122nd session (12 Narch - 6 April 2018).

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The Fragility of Professional Competence: A Preliminary Account of Child Protection Practice with Romani and Traveller Children in England

24 January 2018

Romani and Traveller children in England are much more likely to be taken into state care than the majority population, and the numbers are rising. Between 2009 and 2016 the number of Irish Travellers in care has risen by 400% and the number of Romani children has risen 933%. The increases are not consistent with national trends, and when compared to population data, suggest that Romani and Traveller children living in the UK could be 3 times more likely be taken into public care than any other child. 

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Families Divided: Romani and Egyptian Children in Albanian Institutions

21 November 2017

There’s a high percentage of Romani and Egyptian children in children’s homes in Albania – a disproportionate number. These children are often put into institutions because of poverty, and then find it impossible ever to return to their families. Because of centuries of discrimination Roma and Egyptians in Albania are less likely to live in adequate housing, less likely to be employed and more likely to feel the effects of extreme poverty.

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