Tag: racial discrimination

Bi-weekly news review: December 1-16


By Bernard Rorke

This bi-weekly review opens on a tragic note. It was with great sadness we learned of the passing of the wonderful artist Damian Le Bas. We send our sincere condolences to his wife Delaine and his son Damian James Le Bas. Elsewhere in Europe we carry reports on race haters in Czechia and Slovakia, segregation in Bulgaria, controversy in Brussels, justice delivered in Ireland and Greece, and anti-gypsyism in Scotland.

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Bi-weekly Roma news review: October 15-30


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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Why We Take Forced Evictions to Court


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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Kosovo Lead Poisoning: A Tragic Timeline of Poisoned Neglect


By Bernard Rorke

US attorney Dianne Post described the recent decision by the UN Advisory Panel as “the long-awaited morsel of justice for the hundreds of Kosovo Roma community members who were herded onto lead-poisoned land after the war in 1999 and then abandoned for ten years.”

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UNMIK and lead-poisoned Roma IDP camps: suffering contaminated by racial prejudice


By Bernard Rorke

In a bluntly critical report published in April this year, the Human Rights Advisory Panel called on the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) to publicly acknowledge its abject failure to comply with applicable human rights standards and apologise to Roma, Askali and Egyptian IDPs placed in lead contaminated camps, and to compensate victims for material and moral damage.

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