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Jitka Votavová


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Two Romani children were shot with an air pistol in Poprad, Slovakia in May 2018. (PHOTO:  RTVS)
Two Romani children were shot with an air pistol in Poprad, Slovakia in May 2018. (PHOTO: RTVS)

Slovakia: Two Romani children shot in Poprad, perpetrator not yet identified

16.5.2018 18:47 Slovak news server TVnoviny.sk reports that two children have ended up in hospital in Poprad, Slovakia after being shot last weekend. Police say a still-unidentified perpetrator fired an air pistol at them on the street in the Matejovec quarter of Poprad.  full story

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Canada grants asylum to former MEP who faced death threats in Hungary due to her Romani origin

16.5.2018 17:53 Viktória Mohácsi, a Romani activist and former MEP from Hungary, has finally been awarded political asylum in Canada. She requested asylum in 2012 after seeking police protection over death threats she received upon returning to Hungary when her EP mandate was over.
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Ukraine: Violence against Romani people is escalating

14.5.2018 19:44 The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) reports that more attacks have been perpetrated in Ukraine against Romani people. According to eyewitnesses, more than 30 masked men attacked several Romani families in the early morning hours of 10 May who were occupying temporary dwellings near the community of Rudne in the Lviv area in Western Ukraine, forcing them to leave their homes.  full story

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videoMEP Soraya Post for ROMEA TV: Antigypsyism exists everywhere in Europe

29.4.2018 8:51 According to Romani MEP Soraya Post, antigypsyism and discrimination against Romani people are a problem in every European country. In Sweden, where she comes from, the general living conditions for Romani people are, in her opinion, much better than in Bulgaria, Hungary or Romania.

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videoUkraine: Video of pogrom against Roma shows neo-Nazis chasing children, throwing rocks at them and using tear gas

26.4.2018 10:07 Members of the Ukrainian neo-Nazi organization C14 set fire to a camp not far from the center of Kiev on Saturday, 21 April that had been built by Romani people, most of whom are originally from the Carpathian Region. Video footage of the pogrom has been published to the Internet.  full story

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Czech Republic: Stricter conditions for non-bank lenders are clearing the market of fraud

22.4.2018 8:02 The Most regional edition of Deník.cz reports that a stricter law on consumer lending intended to combat illegal loans and usury has been in effect in the Czech Republic for a year and a half now. According to a survey by the Czech Banking Association (ČBA) in February, more than half of people seeking credit turn to companies that are not banks for loans, most frequently borrowing to purchase electronic equipment and other general household appliances.

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Traditional commemorative ceremony for the Romani victims of the Holocaust 13 May at Lety will launch new award

19.4.2018 9:56 On Sunday, 13 May 2018, the traditional commemorative ceremony to honor the memory of the Romani victims of the Holocaust will take place at the Lety u Písku Memorial. The ceremony is annually organized by the Committee for the Redress of the Roma Holocaust (VPORH).  full story

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Slovakia: Romani barber builds salon in small town despite local prejudices

17.4.2018 9:07 Dalibor Ferenc has fought to the end and won what he has long been desiring, namely, the opportunity to build his own hairdressing salon in a small town in the Žilina Region in northern Slovakia. The 23-year-old has managed to overcome a difficult period during which strong prejudices from those around him arose as barriers to his plan to open the salon last year, forcing him to move his business into a new space.  full story

Czech Labor Inspection discovers highest numbers of discriminatory want ads in four years

13.4.2018 12:48 News server iRozhlas.cz reports that despite very low unemployment levels, the State Office of Labor Inspection in the Czech Republic has reported a record-high number of discriminatory want ads in which employers a priori exclude either foreign nationals or Romani people from applying. The number of such ads was the highest it has been since 2014.  full story

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videoCzech Republic: Romani students send video message for International Romani Day

10.4.2018 7:31 During the fifth BARUVAS meeting at the end of March in Týnec nad Sázavou, Czech Republic, 22 students in different areas of secondary education filmed a video with a strong message. The clip was published by news server Romea.cz on the occasion of International Romani Day (8 April).  full story

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Slovak ultra-right MP tried for extremism after making xenophobic remarks about Roma

6.3.2018 7:19 The trial began on Monday, 26 February of Slovak MP Milan Mazurek from the ultra-right "Kotleba-People's Party Our Slovakia" (LSNS) for his xenophobic remarks about Romani people, among other matters. Although the MP faces possible prison time and the loss of his seat in the legislature, he refused to testify in court.  full story

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videoNorway: Romani online television channel "Nevimos Norvego" to collaborate with ROMEA TV

27.2.2018 7:08 In Norway the first Romani online television programming began at the end of January of this year with an online channel called Nevimos Norvego, and the Czech Republic's ROMEA TV online program, which was created in 2002 as the first Romani online television channel, will soon contribute to Nevimos Norvego's broadcasts. The Norwegian producers will publish articles, photos of events, and brief video reports on a daily basis and will broadcast longer video programs once a month focused on subjects connected with the Romani community in Norway.  full story

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USA: Pianist Tomáš Kačo performs solo at Carnegie Hall - "There is no box for this music"

26.2.2018 6:55 The pianist Tomáš Kačo is one of 12 siblings from a very modest background who has worked his way up through self-instruction to become one of the best jazz piano students at the prestigious Berklee College in Boston, of which he is a graduate. On 22 February yet another dream of his came true - performing at the legendary Carnegie Hall in New York.  full story

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Ladislava Gažiová: Romafuturism means change, the opportunity to reject a distorted history of the Roma

25.2.2018 10:19 A three-part series of pieces for the website Artalk.cz is dedicated to exhibiting and presenting art by Romani people and has culminated with an interview between the artist Laďa Gažiová and the curator of the tranzit initiative, Tereza Stejskalová. In the interview, Gažiová says that creating a collection of the literature produced by authors who are Romani in Europe is a very important step for emancipating Romani people and raising their self-confidence.  full story

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Czech Republic: Boxing club gets boys and girls off the streets of excluded localities

23.2.2018 7:32 Patrik Horváth, David Tokár and René Pokuta established the Boxing King Club in Ostrava a year and a half ago. They had no experience with managing a boxing club but put their minds to it and the outcomes their charges have achieved after a year of operations are motivating them to continue.  full story

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Illegally sterilized Romani women from Slovakia and the Czech Republic launch online petition as part of their fight for justice

24.1.2018 18:49 The Center for Civil and Human Rights, an NGO in Slovakia, has published a press release announcing an online petition that has been launched by illegally sterilized Romani women from Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The initiative is attempting to achieve justice from the government institutions in both countries that are responsible for delivering redress.  full story

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videoCzech Association of Roma Entrepreneurs and Associations endorses Drahoš, calls on Roma to turn out

26.1.2018 6:51 The President of the Association of Roma Entrepreneurs and Associations of the Czech Republic, Vladimír Leško, has published a video on YouTube aimed at Romani people asking them to take an active part in the election of the President of the Czech Republic in the second round of voting, which begins today and continues tomorrow until 2 pm. Leško, together with other members of the association, clearly declares on YouTube that he will vote for Jiří Drahoš.  full story

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European Grassroots Antiracist Movement calls for creation of a European Foundation for the Memory of the Roma Holocaust

25.1.2018 8:35 The European Grassroots Antiracist Movement has published a call for the creation of a European Foundation for the Memory of the Roma Holocaust. Currently the idea is supported by both non-Roma and Romani figures as well as by 249 MPs from 28 countries.  full story

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Internationally renowned Romani artist Damian Le Bas has passed away

13.12.2017 8:57 Damian Le Bas, a leading artist from the Romani community, passed away on Saturday, 9 December 2017 at the age of 54 at home in the small British town of Worthing in West Sussex. The Kai Dikhas Gallery in Berlin, Germany announced the sad news.  full story

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Czech town to discuss controversial proposal tomorrow to declare its entire territory "socially undesirable"

6.12.2017 13:34 As of this year, municipalities in the Czech Republic are able to declare so-called "areas with increased incidence of socially undesirable phenomena" on their territories and to ban housing benefits from being disbursed to persons residing in those locations. At its August session, the Kladno City Council unanimously approved declaring almost all of its territory as such an area.  full story

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