Tag: anti-gypsyism

Bulgarian government sticks a middle finger at Europe and appoints a fascist to head integration unit

2017-06-27

By Bernard Rorke

The muted EU response to the appointment of Patriot Front henchman, Valeri Simeonov, to lead Bulgaria’s council on integration beggars belief. In an open letter on May 29, nearly 400 Bulgarian human rights activists and intellectuals, denounced the appointment of a "pronounced supporter of fascist and neo-Nazi ideology," 

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Half time for the EU Roma Framework: Is the Commission serious about Roma inclusion in the Western Balkans?

2017-06-14

By Bernard Rorke

The European Commission wants to know how things are going with Roma inclusion in the Western Balkans at the mid-point of the EU Roma Framework. Well they could ask Ivan and Elena for their impressions following their 13-hour detention by Serbian police.

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When Important Judges Say Stupid Things About Roma

2017-06-06

By Adam Weiss

I have met a few – but only a few – Roma who are optimistic about going to court. That’s not a surprise. The courts have done little to change the lives of Roma. And some judges are rabidly racist. 

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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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