Tag: european court of human rights

#BetterTogether: Europe must finally call time on school segregation

2017-11-15

By Bernard Rorke

Last week a class photograph of first graders from the Czech town of Teplice prompted a torrent of death threats and hateful comments on social media, directed at the children who were mostly of Arab, Vietnamese or Romani origin.

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Bi-weekly news review: October 31-November 14

2017-11-14

By Bernard Rorke

Clean hands – “Only people with clean hands can take part in the political life of the Roma,” said Hungarian minister Zoltán Balog, pictured above with Flórián Farkas and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

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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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Weckles: The New Minority Making a Joke of Roma Rights

2017-04-10

By Adam Weiss

The Weckles arrived in Europe in 2010. They are a small minority. If you speak English, you can usually understand them, but not always. In that case, French helps.

Most people don’t care very much about them. But Roma should care. Because they are causing trouble for Europe’s biggest minority. They have started making a joke of Romani claims for justice.

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Why We Take Forced Evictions to Court

2017-02-03

By Adam Weiss

  1. “Forced evictions are not a Roma rights issue”

That was the prevailing belief at the ERRC about two years ago. Here are some of the reasons the ERRC refused to spend time or money on forced evictions:

  • Evictions are about poverty, not about discrimination.
  • It looks bad. To be more specific:
    • We need stop making Roma look like victims, and instead focus on Roma who do things like fight to integrate their schools.
    • Forced evictions pit Roma lawbreakers against landowners with property rights. (“What if someone decided to live in your garden”, someone who didn’t like our forced evictions work once told me. “I bet you’d call the police”.)
    • We are making it look like Roma want to live in squalor.

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