Tag: anti-gypsyism

Roma and Conflict: a short intro to the new issue of Roma Rights

2017-05-18

By Bernard Rorke

“Everyone regularly emphasizes only the suffering of the Bosniaks, the Serbs or the Croats. No one speaks about the Roma. What are we? Animals? Well, we too suffered, just like all the others. We are only asking for someone to take responsibility.”

Zijo Ribić, sole survivor of 1992 massacre of Roma in Skočić

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French Traveller shot and killed by police: can Macron “turn the page” on France’s shame?

2017-05-05

By Bernard Rorke

The killing of French Traveller Angelo Garand by police on 30 March was not widely reported. It attracted none of the international media coverage and mass outrage that followed the killing of 56-year-old Chinese father-of-five Liu Shaoyo, shot dead by police in Paris's 19th arrondissement (district) just four days earlier, or the brutal truncheon anal rape by police of the 22-year-old black man known as Theo in February.

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Bearing witness: how ‘evacuations’ provide the pretext for forced evictions of Roma in France

2017-03-03

By Radost Zaharieva

Forced evictions is the main issue affecting foreign Roma living in slums in France. According to the recent report by the ERRC and the Ligue de droits de l’Homme,10,119 Romani people were forcefully evicted from their livings areas in 2016, and another 345 were forced to leave seven settlements due to fires caused mainly by bad living conditions in the slums or squats. The term used by the French authorities about Roma evictions is an “evacuation”. The ERRC attended one of these “evacuations” and observed how Roma are treated during the process.

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What’s it going to take to end school segregation in Slovakia? New report exposes the depths of discrimination faced by Romani children

2017-03-01

By Bernard Rorke and Marek Szilvasi

A new report by the ERRC and Amnesty International exposes the shocking extent of school segregation and deeply embedded institutional racism in Slovakia. This discriminatory system continues to deny Romani children the opportunity of quality inclusive education and traps them in an intergenerational cycle of poverty and exclusion.

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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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