Tag: discrimination

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


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?


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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Empowering Roma to fight statelessness in Odesa


By Corina Ajder and Szelim Simandi1, Photographs by Dániel Németh

Ukraine’s Odesa region made international headlines in August after a pogrom against Roma living in the village of Loschynivka.

In addition to blatant hate crimes such as those committed against Loschynivka’s Roma, many Roma in Ukraine face social exclusion in more subtle but similarly harmful ways. The ERRC has worked with Roma near Odesa for a number of years to address these issues.

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When Important Judges Say Stupid Things About Roma


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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Kiev Calling: Ethnic Cleansing Ahead of Eurovision Song Contest


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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