In conversation with Soraya Post

2014-10-13

By Bernard Rorke

The recently elected Feminist Party MEP and lifelong Romani activist, Soraya Post spoke to Bernard Rorke about rejuvenating representative democracy, defending the rights of women, and plans to create a European parliamentary intergroup to combat anti-Gypsyism.

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Invisible and Forgotten: Syrian Domari Refugees in Turkey

2014-10-13

“Whenever there is a war, it hurts us. Nobody wants us Doms. People see us as their enemies in Iraq, Lebanon, and now Syria. They say ‘You are reprobates, thieves, you play drums and drink alcohol.’ But in fact they are the real thieves since they stole everything from us.” 
                                                                                                          (Elderly Domari refugee)

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Remembering Nicolae Gheorghe

2014-10-13

                                                                                                                                   Photo credit: OSCE

By Bernard Rorke

The passing of Nicolae Gheorghe, on 8 August last year, profoundly shocked and saddened all who were privileged to know him.

In an autobiographical aside in one of his final essays, Choices to be made and prices to be paid, Nicolae stated “I grew up as part of a group in which Romani was not spoken as a first language, my relatives did not live in extended families and my parents did not follow traditional occupations … Our identity and memories of being ţigan were based more on the experience of discrimination and external stereotypes, less on commonly shared meanings of being Roma in a vernacular, ethnic sense.”

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Romani Children Talk About Access to Education in France

2014-10-13

In 2013, the ERRC launched a participatory research and advocacy project focusing on the human rights of Romanian Roma living in informal settlements in France. Working in three different regions in France on two settlements in each location, 118 adults were interviewed. Of the information collected, the most unsettling regarding human rights was the situation of Romani children and access to education as well as their psychological well-being due to frequent forced evictions.

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New UN Opportunity for Romani Children to Combat Rights Violations

2014-10-13

By Crina Elena Morteanu

The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure (OPCRC) came into force on the 14th of April this year. This new Optional Protocol gives children (including Romani children) the opportunity to directly complain to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about violations of their rights.

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