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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Why We Take Forced Evictions to Court

2017-02-03

By Adam Weiss

  1. “Forced evictions are not a Roma rights issue”

That was the prevailing belief at the ERRC about two years ago. Here are some of the reasons the ERRC refused to spend time or money on forced evictions:

  • Evictions are about poverty, not about discrimination.
  • It looks bad. To be more specific:
    • We need stop making Roma look like victims, and instead focus on Roma who do things like fight to integrate their schools.
    • Forced evictions pit Roma lawbreakers against landowners with property rights. (“What if someone decided to live in your garden”, someone who didn’t like our forced evictions work once told me. “I bet you’d call the police”.)
    • We are making it look like Roma want to live in squalor.

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