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In the Aftermath of Ethnic Cleansing: Continued Persecution of Roma, Ashkalis, Egyptians and Others Perceived as "Gypsies" in Kosovo

24 June 2005

Memorandum of the European Roma Rights Centre

Six years ago, after the end of the NATO bombing of former Yugoslavia, Roma Ashkalis, Egyptians and others regarded as "Gypsies" ("RAE") were violently cleansed from their homes in Kosovo by means of arson, mass destruction of houses, killings and rape. Today, persecution of the members of these communities continues, manifested in their systematic exclusion from access to fundamental human rights. Racial discrimination against RAE communities in Kosovo is pervasive, depriving tens of thousands from even a bare minimum of dignity. Anti-Gypsy sentiment among the majority is widespread, ranging from assaults on RAE individuals to verbal abuse and dissemination of defamatory images, including images stigmatising RAE as perpetrators of crimes against Albanians, in the media.

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ERRC Seeks Communications Intern or Trainee

10 August 2016

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) seeks a Communications Intern or Trainee with experience in research, media, communications or a related field to assist in the promotion of ERRC material on Roma Rights and the activities of the Communications department.

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Adam Weiss on Roma Genocide Remembrance

3 August 2016

ERRC Managing Director Adam Weiss shares his experience of being taught of the holocaust growing up in a Jewish family, and his early perception of Roma as victims of genocide by the Nazis.

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Ethel Brooks on Roma Genocide Remembrance

2 August 2016

Seventy-two years ago today, 2,897 men, women, and children from Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp were forced onto trucks, taken to gas chamber V, and murdered with Zyklon B hydrogen cyanide. Their bodies, too many for the crematorium’s capacity, were burned in pits outside. Upon the Soviet liberation of Auschwitz in 1945, only 4 Roma remained alive.

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