Tag: roma

Dear Commissioner Jourová: What does the EU intend to do about school segregation in Slovakia?

2018-02-20

By Bernard Rorke

It’s almost three years since the European Commission launched an infringement procedure against Slovakia for racial segregation of Romani children in its schools. The evidence suggests that nothing has changed for the better in the interim. What will the Commission do next?

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What Macedonian’s new prison amnesty means for Roma

2018-01-30

By Senada Sali and Jonathan Lee

A new amnesty law passed in Macedonia means there is a possibility for over 200 Romani prisoners to be released or have their prison penalty shortened.

On 15th January 2018 the Macedonia Parliament adopted a new law on amnesty that came into force on the 26th of January, four days ago. Proper application of this law would practically mean that about 260 Roma would be released from prison or the length of their prison sentences would be reduced by 30%. 

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Sites of Resistance: The Roma, Gypsies and Travellers in the Community

2017-11-20

By Andrew Ryder

Roma, Gypsy and Traveller communities are among the most marginalised groups in European society. Their struggle for social justice is vitally important, being as former Czech President Vaclav Havel said back in 1993, the litmuss test of civil society in Europe, a reflection of our commitment to human rights and humanity.

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#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 Roma news review: October 15-30

2017-10-30

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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