A Romani man has been sold as a slave in Bulgaria

2017-09-22

By Jonathan Lee

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) has learned that a 30 year-old Romani man, Nikolay Ivanov, was sold by a co-worker to the owner of another farm, Ilian Mavrov, for 3000 lev (1,500 Euro) in Bulgaria. After Nikolay understood what had happened to him, he escaped, and sought refuge with his former employer and informal foster family who raised him in a small village, Maglen, Burgas. 

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European People’s Party stays silent on the appointment of a racist to head Roma inclusion in Sofia

2017-09-15

By Bernard Rorke

Now is not the time for the EU to equivocate in the face of fascism. The appointment to high office in Bulgaria of thugs who openly espouse racist views should alert the EU that there is yet another rogue member state to be reckoned with. The EU needs to sit up and pay attention, not least because Bulgaria will assume the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from January to June 2018. What say the European People’s Party?

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Welcome to Bulgaria! Well, not if you are Roma!

2017-09-14

By Atanas Zahariev

Over the last four days in Bulgaria, I have experienced more blatant racism than I have ever had in my entire life. I am Bulgarian Roma, dark skinned, and living abroad. I tend to go on vacation in Bulgaria every year to see my family and spend time together. But every year, I notice the situation for Roma in Bulgaria worsening. And every year, I feel less and less welcome in my own country.

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Stop Calling Places Where Roma Live “Settlements”

2017-09-05

By Adam Weiss

Did you hear about the one in Roanoke, where all the people disappeared in 1586? Were they killed by the Spanish? Who knows.

You’ve heard about the ones in Israel. Even Israel’s closest ally, America, admits they’re illegal and contribute to making peace in the Middle East elusive.

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Is the EU Roma Framework floundering? Commission reports patchy progress, limited impact and rising racism

2017-09-04

By Bernard Rorke

Wednesday’s assessment of the EU Roma Framework by the Commission marks a valiant attempt to resuscitate and revitalize a process that has been dangerously debilitated by the disinterest, perfidy and bad faith of key Member States when it comes to social inclusion, fundamental rights and justice for their Romani citizens. 

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