Tag: Racism

European People’s Party stays silent on the appointment of a racist to head Roma inclusion in Sofia

2017-09-15

By Bernard Rorke

Now is not the time for the EU to equivocate in the face of fascism. The appointment to high office in Bulgaria of thugs who openly espouse racist views should alert the EU that there is yet another rogue member state to be reckoned with. The EU needs to sit up and pay attention, not least because Bulgaria will assume the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from January to June 2018. What say the European People’s Party?

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Welcome to Bulgaria! Well, not if you are Roma!

2017-09-14

By Atanas Zahariev

Over the last four days in Bulgaria, I have experienced more blatant racism than I have ever had in my entire life. I am Bulgarian Roma, dark skinned, and living abroad. I tend to go on vacation in Bulgaria every year to see my family and spend time together. But every year, I notice the situation for Roma in Bulgaria worsening. And every year, I feel less and less welcome in my own country.

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Genocide and the pig farm: end in sight to the Lety controversy

2017-08-15

By Bernard Rorke

Radio Prague’s August 1 headline, Culture Minister: Sale of Lety Pig Farm is ‘Done Deal,’ broke the news that the Czech Government had finally secured the buy-out of the notorious pig farm located on the site of a former concentration camp where hundreds of Roma perished during the Second World War.

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Travel notes from Transnistria: why we need to remember

2017-08-11

By Ciprian Ionita

Since my childhood, I have been very keen to learn more about the deportation of Roma to Transnistria, ordered by the dictatorial regime established in Romania by Marshal Ion Antonescu between 1940 and 1944. I come from a family of Kalderash Roma and had the privilege to discuss and meet with Roma who had been deported to Transnistria during World War II. 

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Never again and no more! It is time to call a halt to racism!

2017-08-02

By Radost Zaharieva

On a day when we commemorate the hundreds of thousands of Roma who perished at the hands of the Nazis, and the destructive impact of racist ideologies on Romani lives then and now, I wondered about the impact of racism on individual lives and how it affects a person’s future. I decided to reply to this question through the personal story of a victim of racism in France.

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