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Roma community center vandalised in Łódź, Poland

10 September 1998

According to articles appearing in the Polish and international press, as well as information provided by the organisation itself, the offices of the Roma Information and Counseling Center in the Polish city of Łódź were broken into and vandalised on July 3, 1998. Along with racist graffiti and swastikas sprayed on the office walls, the perpetrators left behind their signature as NOP - Narodowe Odrodzenie Polski, a right-wing extremist organisation in Poland. The same group reportedly vandalised the Łódź premises of the Jehovah's Witnesses religious group during the same night.

According to Romnews Network, after the Center staff reported the incident to the police, the police public relations officer Ms Jadwiga Kosiak replied that there was no reason to press charges against the NOP. Mr Andrzej Wiśniewski, chairman of the Roma Information and Counseling Center, told the ERRC that police attempted to downplay the incident by telling him that the perpetrators were "only some young people". They nevertheless stated that their officers would guard the building. Wiśniewski told Romnews that, "Right-wingers attack Roma and the law shows no interest in following up such racially motivated crimes. One is increasingly led to believe that the legal system, police and extremist nationalists are somehow working together for a 'Gypsy-free Poland'". Romnews also reports that during 1996, three Roma were murdered in the Łódź area, and the culprits have not been identified yet.

(ERRC, Romnews Network, Roma Information and Counseling Center, Ekspres Ilustrowany, Dziennik Łódzki)

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Roma Rights 1 2014: Going Nowhere? Western Balkan Roma and EU Visa Liberalisation

1 October 2014

This issue of Roma Rights draws attention to Roma from the Western Balkans and EU visa liberalisation. Migration of Roma from the Western Balkans has attracted significant attention, which at times amounts to hysteria. It has had an impact on migration policy both in countries of origin and target countries for migration. Romani migration has also become a common topic in public discourse, often framed in negatively by media and by public figures. The articles in this issue assess the motivations for Romani migration, the impact of migration policies on Roma, and the experience of Romani migrants. 

Roma Rights 1 2014: Going Nowhere? (PDF)

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Destruction des progrès, progression des destructions : Les femmes et enfants roms, citoyens européens en France

16 September 2014

Ce rapport traite plus particulièrement de la situation des Roms de Roumanie vivant dans des bidonvilles en France. Il n’aborde pas la problématique des droits humains des Roms d’autres pays, de l’UE ou non, ni des Roms français, Sinti, gens du voyage, Manouches, etc. 

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Destroying Progress/Progressing Destruction: EU Romani Women and Children in France

16 September 2014

This report specifically addresses the situation of EU Romani citizens from Romania living in informal settlements in France and does not deal with the particular human rights concerns of Roma from other EU and non-EU countries or French Roma, Sinti, Gens du Voyage, Manouche, etc. 

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