Tag: racism

Europe is Ours: A Manifesto

2017-10-20

By Ethel Brooks

“The civilizing transformation justified the colonization of memory, and thus of people’s sense of self, of intersubjective relation, of their relation to the spirit world, to land, to the very fabric of their conception of reality, identity, and social, ecological and cosmological organization.”

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Fortnightly Roma news review: October 1-14

2017-10-17

By Bernard Rorke

The good news for the first two weeks of October was an ERRC victory in a Macedonian court over the rights of Roma to leave their own country. One of the successful litigants, Seanad Asan said “The day when I found out about our travel ban, I felt like a stranger in the country where I was born. This would not have happened to me if I was not Roma.” Let’s hope this victory makes Seanad feel more secure, and dissuades any further ethnic profiling on the border. For a review of what else cropped up in the media in the last fortnight, read on and follow the hyperlinks below.

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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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Fortnightly Roma news review: September 15-30

2017-10-03

By Bernard Rorke

September 15. In a week when the Guardian came over all indignant about Benedict Cumberbatch being cast as Mikey Walsh’s dad in the BBC Films new adaptation of Gypsy Boy, ERRC reported on how a Romani man was sold into slavery in Bulgaria.

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A Romani man has been sold as a slave in Bulgaria

2017-09-22

By Jonathan Lee

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) has learned that a 30 year-old Romani man, Nikolay Ivanov, was sold by a co-worker to the owner of another farm, Ilian Mavrov, for 3000 lev (1,500 Euro) in Bulgaria. After Nikolay understood what had happened to him, he escaped, and sought refuge with his former employer and informal foster family who raised him in a small village, Maglen, Burgas. 

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