Tag: roma

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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#RomaBelong – Tackling Roma statelessness in the Western Balkans and Ukraine

2017-10-26

Nina Murray, European Network on Statelessness

“I feel bad because I am from here but they are not giving me citizenship. I feel I don’t belong here. God forbid if I die, they will not bury me because I do not have documents. It’s very hard for me. I have no job, but the most difficult part is that I don’t have any medical insurance and I have to pay for everything myself. Once, the doctor even paid for me because I was in a really bad state. If I have a nationality I will work and I will have more money to pay for it. I am frustrated all the time. This is my biggest burden. I am born here, and I don’t have a nationality.”

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Who is going to break the silence over segregation of Romani children in Slovakia: the Ministry of Education or the European Court of Justice?

2017-10-25

By Marek Balaz

The recently appointed Slovak Minister of Education, Martina Lubyova, has to resolve the biggest dilemma facing her ministry in years. Either she will be the minister who openly admits that the educational system in Slovakia discriminates against tens of thousands of Romani students, or she will leave this task to the European Court of Justice. 

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