Tag: anti-gypsyism

Bi-weekly Roma news review: October 15-30

2017-10-30

By Bernard Rorke

Welcome to our news digest for the last 14 days, which saw the ERRC and partners launch our new report on statelessness Roma belong; and our favourite Czech news server receive abuse by a racist MP who stated that “Romea.cz really pisses me off!” Coming from a loser bigot, we reckon its best to take this as a compliment. Our favourite video of the week comes from the Traveller Movement challenging homophobia (see below). On the good news front, the Czech government buy-out of the pig farm on the site of the concentration camp in Lety was finally confirmed; and we send out big congratulations to MEP Soraya Post whose report on antigypysism was adopted by an overwhelming majority vote in the European Parliament.

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“She Was Also Roma if She Was With a Roma Man”: the European Court of Human Rights Fails on Discrimination Again

2017-10-16

By Adam Weiss

Racists hate interracial couples. They hate Roma who have non-Roma boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands or wives.

And they hate the non-Roma in those relationships too.

You will not be surprised to hear about a non-Roma woman who already had several Romani children with her Romani husband, and who was forcibly sterilised in a Hungarian hospital during emergency surgery for a miscarriage. Or about the non-Roma woman forced to listen in a nearby room while her Romani husband was tortured by police in Belgrade in May of this year. The police taunted her about her partner being Romani and from a different religion.

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Fortnightly Roma news review: September 15-30

2017-10-03

By Bernard Rorke

September 15. In a week when the Guardian came over all indignant about Benedict Cumberbatch being cast as Mikey Walsh’s dad in the BBC Films new adaptation of Gypsy Boy, ERRC reported on how a Romani man was sold into slavery in Bulgaria.

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Forced evictions: A campaign of harassment against Roma in Italy

2017-09-28

By Rosi Mangiacavallo

On the 20 September 2017, I was walking with Marco, a colleague from Associazione 21 Luglio, beneath a burning sun through the streets of Scampia, a suburb of Naples. It was the third time in three months that we were visiting to the Cupa Perillo camp. What would be the mood of the people we met them? We asked ourselves this question because since11 July about 630 Roma, who had been living in Cupa Perillo camp for between 20 and 30 years, were now under threat of eviction because of a preventive seizure issued by the court of Naples. 

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A Romani man has been sold as a slave in Bulgaria

2017-09-22

By Jonathan Lee

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) has learned that a 30 year-old Romani man, Nikolay Ivanov, was sold by a co-worker to the owner of another farm, Ilian Mavrov, for 3000 lev (1,500 Euro) in Bulgaria. After Nikolay understood what had happened to him, he escaped, and sought refuge with his former employer and informal foster family who raised him in a small village, Maglen, Burgas. 

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