Bi-weekly Roma news review: October 15-30

2017-10-30

By Bernard Rorke

Welcome to our news digest for the last 14 days, which saw the ERRC and partners launch our new report on statelessness Roma belong; and our favourite Czech news server receive abuse by a racist MP who stated that “Romea.cz really pisses me off!” Coming from a loser bigot, we reckon its best to take this as a compliment. Our favourite video of the week comes from the Traveller Movement challenging homophobia (see below). On the good news front, the Czech government buy-out of the pig farm on the site of the concentration camp in Lety was finally confirmed; and we send out big congratulations to MEP Soraya Post whose report on antigypysism was adopted by an overwhelming majority vote in the European Parliament.

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#RomaBelong – Tackling Roma statelessness in the Western Balkans and Ukraine

2017-10-26

Nina Murray, European Network on Statelessness

“I feel bad because I am from here but they are not giving me citizenship. I feel I don’t belong here. God forbid if I die, they will not bury me because I do not have documents. It’s very hard for me. I have no job, but the most difficult part is that I don’t have any medical insurance and I have to pay for everything myself. Once, the doctor even paid for me because I was in a really bad state. If I have a nationality I will work and I will have more money to pay for it. I am frustrated all the time. This is my biggest burden. I am born here, and I don’t have a nationality.”

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Who is going to break the silence over segregation of Romani children in Slovakia: the Ministry of Education or the European Court of Justice?

2017-10-25

By Marek Balaz

The recently appointed Slovak Minister of Education, Martina Lubyova, has to resolve the biggest dilemma facing her ministry in years. Either she will be the minister who openly admits that the educational system in Slovakia discriminates against tens of thousands of Romani students, or she will leave this task to the European Court of Justice. 

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10 things he really said: Zoltán Balog, Hungarian Minister for Human Resources

2017-10-24

By Bernard Rorke

Zoltán Balog, former Calvinist preacher turned minister of human resources in the Orbán government, is prone to saying outrageous things and straying off-script. After all, this is the man who, on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, reckoned it was Jesus rather than Moses who came down from Mount Sinai bearing the fabled tablets of stone.

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Europe is Ours: A Manifesto

2017-10-20

By Ethel Brooks

“The civilizing transformation justified the colonization of memory, and thus of people’s sense of self, of intersubjective relation, of their relation to the spirit world, to land, to the very fabric of their conception of reality, identity, and social, ecological and cosmological organization.”

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