“She Was Also Roma if She Was With a Roma Man”: the European Court of Human Rights Fails on Discrimination Again

2017-10-16

By Adam Weiss

Racists hate interracial couples. They hate Roma who have non-Roma boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands or wives.

And they hate the non-Roma in those relationships too.

You will not be surprised to hear about a non-Roma woman who already had several Romani children with her Romani husband, and who was forcibly sterilised in a Hungarian hospital during emergency surgery for a miscarriage. Or about the non-Roma woman forced to listen in a nearby room while her Romani husband was tortured by police in Belgrade in May of this year. The police taunted her about her partner being Romani and from a different religion.

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Bulgarian government sticks a middle finger at Europe and appoints a fascist to head integration unit

2017-06-27

By Bernard Rorke

The muted EU response to the appointment of Patriot Front henchman, Valeri Simeonov, to lead Bulgaria’s council on integration beggars belief. In an open letter on May 29, nearly 400 Bulgarian human rights activists and intellectuals, denounced the appointment of a "pronounced supporter of fascist and neo-Nazi ideology," 

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When Important Judges Say Stupid Things About Roma

2017-06-06

By Adam Weiss

I have met a few – but only a few – Roma who are optimistic about going to court. That’s not a surprise. The courts have done little to change the lives of Roma. And some judges are rabidly racist. 

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Weckles: The New Minority Making a Joke of Roma Rights

2017-04-10

By Adam Weiss

The Weckles arrived in Europe in 2010. They are a small minority. If you speak English, you can usually understand them, but not always. In that case, French helps.

Most people don’t care very much about them. But Roma should care. Because they are causing trouble for Europe’s biggest minority. They have started making a joke of Romani claims for justice.

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Does the Race Equality Directive apply to Italy or not?

2017-02-27

By Bernard Rorke

Despite the Roma-only camps, the Roma-only emergency shelters, despite all the evictions and all the discrimination faced by Roma, Italy remains unpunished for its transgressions. To date, no action has been taken by the European Commission to signal its discontent with the undeclared apartheid that persists in this large and powerful EU member state.

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