Tag: discrimination

Kiev Calling: Ethnic Cleansing Ahead of Eurovision Song Contest

2017-05-12

By Jonathan Lee and Volodymyr Navrotskyy

More than 300 people, over a 100 families, have been forced to leave their homes in Kiev after threats were made against their lives in the beginning of April. Only a day after the last families departed, the threats were carried out and six houses burned to the ground, likely with Molotov cocktails. The police had full knowledge of the severity of the threats that were made, yet no preventative measures were taken. In fact, some residents even had assistance from the police in purchasing tickets to leave. Their eviction coincides with the city's preparation to host the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, the final of which will taker place on 13 May.

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When they say Roma do not want to go to school tell them this story

2017-05-11

By Đorđe Jovanović

In 2013 in France, several Romani families living in an informal settlement in Ris-Orangis (Essonne) made a formal request for school enrolment of 12 children. The mayor created a separated class for these children in an isolated room in a sports centre without any connection to any regular school instead of enrolling them in schools located in that municipality.

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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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Roma lives matter: Bulgarian Rom killed for “possession of pesticides”

2017-04-21

By Swain Uber

A Romani father and son became the latest victims of Bulgarian police brutality when they were badly beaten near their home in the village of Bohot in Pleven province on Thursday 13 April.

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Gianturco Roma Camp Demolished This Morning

2017-04-07

By Bernard Rorke

On the eve of International Roma Day, in an illegal pre-emptive strike, Italian authorities demolished the Gianturco camp near Naples. This action was designed to see off attempts by NGOs to secure emergency interventions to halt the mass evictions scheduled for 11 April. 

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