Bi-weekly news review: November 15-30

2017-12-04

By Bernard Rorke

While the European Commission takes stock of progress with the EU Roma Framework, the Czech President got low-down and racist about Roma to mark the 10th Anniversary of DH and others vs. the Czech Republic; outbreaks of hepatitis in the Czech Republic and Bulgaria served to remind us of how inclusion strategies are failing when it comes to health, and why access to clean water and sanitation for all is a matter of basic justice and dignity that needs to be sorted right across the EU.

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Sites of Resistance: The Roma, Gypsies and Travellers in the Community

2017-11-20

By Andrew Ryder

Roma, Gypsy and Traveller communities are among the most marginalised groups in European society. Their struggle for social justice is vitally important, being as former Czech President Vaclav Havel said back in 1993, the litmuss test of civil society in Europe, a reflection of our commitment to human rights and humanity.

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#BetterTogether: Europe must finally call time on school segregation

2017-11-15

By Bernard Rorke

Last week a class photograph of first graders from the Czech town of Teplice prompted a torrent of death threats and hateful comments on social media, directed at the children who were mostly of Arab, Vietnamese or Romani origin.

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Bi-weekly news review: October 31-November 14

2017-11-14

By Bernard Rorke

Clean hands – “Only people with clean hands can take part in the political life of the Roma,” said Hungarian minister Zoltán Balog, pictured above with Flórián Farkas and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

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Dismantling School Segregation in Bitola, Macedonia

2017-11-06

By Senada Sali

This year we mark ten years since the landmark ECHR judgement in D. H. and Others vs. the Czech Republic, and although a European court confirmed that racial segregation equals discrimination: segregation and barriers in equal access to education of Roma are still a serious problem in Europe. Schools are places that should represent the second home of every child, places that are meant to be safe, diverse but at the same time open and inclusive for everyone. Unfortunately for many Roma, schools often represent places of risk, mistreatment, double-standards and isolation.

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