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A still from video footage of a brutal intervention by Slovak police officers in 16 April 2017 in Zborov (Bardejov district). (PHOTO:  ERRC)
A still from video footage of a brutal intervention by Slovak police officers in 16 April 2017 in Zborov (Bardejov district). (PHOTO: ERRC)

videoSlovakia: Brutal police intervention against Romani children, elderly woman

24.5.2017 20:31 The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) has published video footage capturing a brutal intervention by Slovak police officers in Zborov (Bardejov district) that happened during the early evening of 16 April 2017, when police were called to address a shoving match among Romani residents. Several officers attack children using their truncheons and one brutally pushes an elderly woman who is standing aside peacefully, pushing her to the ground.
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videoSlovakia: Attorney for abused boys says acquittal of police officers was illegal

20.5.2017 10:48 Vanda Durbáková, an attorney working with the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Slovakia, considers the recent acquittal of the police officers who abused Romani boys at a police station and were captured on film doing so to be illegal. "The District Court has just reiterated its decision of February 2015," the attorney said.  full story

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videoCzech Republic: KHAMORO Festival starts in eight days, launches video ad

20.5.2017 7:32 The biggest Romani festival in the world, KHAMORO, has launched its video advertisement this year, which features shots of the atmosphere of the event from previous years. The musical selections have been done by festival producer Džemil Silajdžić.  full story

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videoVIDEO: Romani singer Joci Pápai makes it to the Eurovision final

15.5.2017 7:19 Joci Pápai, the 35-year-old Romani singer representing Hungary, made it to the final round of the international Eurovision Song Contest, which was held this year in Kiev, Ukraine. The singer performed the song "Origo", which combines hip hop and traditional Romani music, during the second semifinal on 11 May.  full story

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videoOpening remarks at commemoration quote Romani genocide survivor: "There's a pig farm at Lety. How could they allow that?"

13.5.2017 20:57 The traditional commemorative ceremony at Lety u Písku was opened today at 12 noon by Čeněk Růžička, the chair of the Committee for the Redress of the Roma Holocaust
(Výbor pro odškodnění romského holocaustu - VPORH). In his opening remarks he reminded those assembled of the fate of the Roma and Sinti during the Second World War by
recalling the story of one of them, which news server publishes here in full translation.  full story

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videoFULL VIDEO: Commemorative ceremony honoring the memory of the Romani victims of the Holocaust at Lety u Písku

13.5.2017 19:40 The traditional commemorative ceremony honoring the memory of the Romani victims of the Holocaust was held today at Lety u Písku, Czech Republic. The ceremony was organized by the Committee for the Redress of the Roma Holocaust (Výbor pro odškodnění romského holokaustu - VPORH), which brings together the former prisoners of Nazi camps and their family members.  full story

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videoEuropean Grassroots Antiracist Movement postpones involvement by internationals in Lety commemoration

4.5.2017 12:23 Romani people from all over Europe who were planning to attend the commemorative ceremony on 13 May at Lety u Písku to honor the memory of the Romani victims of the
Holocaust are reportedly postponing their visit until 24 June. The announcement of the Czech Government that it plans to resign is the reason given for the decision by Benjamin Abtan, head of the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement (EGAM), who originally planned to bring MEPs and MPs to the annual ceremony on 13 May.  full story

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video VIDEO: How did Romani people live in the Czech lands before they were sent to concentration camps? Exhibition "A Vanished World" in Prague shows how

3.5.2017 16:35 The travelling exhibition "A Vanished World" (Zaniklý svět), about the indigenous Czech Roma and Sinti people during the interwar period, has been prepared by the Committee for the Redress of the Roma Holocaust (Výbor pro odškodnění romského holocaustu - VPORH) and will be on display in Prague between now and October. Through rare archival materials and photographs from that era, the exhibition presents the lives of Roma and Sinti people in the Czech lands prior to their imprisonment in the Nazi concentration camps.  full story

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videoCzech neo-Nazis experience May Day debacle as counter-protests drown them out with music

2.5.2017 7:21 Yesterday neo-Nazi adherents assembled on náměstí Svobody (Freedom Square) in Brno, the second-biggest city in the Czech Republic, for their 1 May march. Those opposed
to them outnumbered them on the scene and were there to dance and drum.  full story

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videoGabriela Hrabaňová: We need to discuss Romani integration with MEPs to promote our approaches at EU level

28.4.2017 10:33 At the close of March and start of April, on the occasion of International Romani Day, the second-ever EU Roma Week took place at the European Parliament in Brussels. Approximately 200 representatives of civil society and public institutions attended a series of events dedicated to the integration of Romani people in Europe.
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videoVIDEO: Gala celebration for International Romani Day in Prague

9.4.2017 12:22 Prague's La Fabrika club was the location last night of a gala celebration for this year's International Romani Day that was streamed live online by Czech and Romani circus artists and musicians performed together.  full story

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videoCzech presidential candidate Michal Horáček on International Romani Day: Believe in yourselves, go for your dreams

8.4.2017 11:06 On the occasion of International Romani Day, Czech presidential candidate Michal Horáček has sent Romani a video message online. "I would like to send this message to
Romani people on their 8 April holiday: Be happy in this world and believe in yourselves."  full story

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videoVIDEO: Discussion of International Romani Day at the European Parliament

8.4.2017 10:44 A discussion marking International Romani Day took place at the European Parliament yesterday. "This day is a particular opportunity to recall that we are a union of values in the European Union, and we need to look at events all around the world, it's important to us what happens with minorities around the world and others who may happen to think differently, and it's important to define those values clearly," the moderator began the session.
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video VIDEO: Exhibition about Romani jewelry in Brno on view until the end of April

3.4.2017 7:06 An exhibition of Romani jewelry entitled "Romani Treasure - Amare somnaka" (Poklad Romů) is underway at the Museum of Romani Culture in Brno. It features not just unique pieces in gold and silver, but also jewelry from Romani designers all over Europe.  full story

videoRomani entrepreneur Vladimír Michalčík: I always wanted to succeed in business

1.3.2017 7:58 Vladimír Michalčík, our guest on "Ten Minute Insight", actually embodies the saying that "Even if you hit rock bottom you can get back on your feet and change your life". He and his brother Roman have established two successful firms together with their friends.  full story

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videoPavel Berky: I draw inspiration from my origins and prefer to sew my designs myself

21.2.2017 14:59 Pavel Berky is one of the most talented fashion designers of the younger generation. He is a native of Rimavská Sobota, Slovakia, who is proud of his Romani origins.  full story

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video VIDEO: Father of deceased Romani man says he has filed complaint against suspension of investigation

2.2.2017 21:39 In a video interview for news server, the father of Miroslav Demeter, the Romani man who died under mysterious circumstances in October 2016, expressed his opinion of the fact that the Czech Police have suspended the investigation.  full story

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videoVIDEO: Czech Police proceeded incorrectly, attorney for family of deceased Romani man says

2.2.2017 21:03 News server has asked several questions of the legal representative of the bereaved in the case of the death of Mr Miroslav Demeter, the young Romani man who lost his life in a pizzeria in the town of Žatec after a conflict with other customers. JUDr. Michal Pacovský has assessed the procedure of the police to date for news server and described what he considers to be the basic misconduct that he believes police have committed.  full story

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videoCzech TV program features Romani university students

24.1.2017 7:08 On 22 January the Czech Television program "168 Hours" (168 hodin) broadcast a reportage about Romani college students. Prior to 1989 only about 20 Romani people had ever made it to study in institutions of higher learning in the Czech Republic, but today, according to reporter Martin Mikule, there are hundreds.  full story

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videoCzech Republic: Romani journalists in training visited excluded localities

22.1.2017 11:53 One component of the ROMEA organization's "Media Training for Future Romani Journalists" project last year was a three-day trip into the field. Thanks to our collaboration with the organization Český západ, the trainees had the opportunity to visit several socially excluded localities around Teplá and Toužim. While accumulating information for the articles they then wrote about the broadest possible range of subjects, the trainees also had the opportunity to rehearse fundamental
skills required to be television news reporters.  full story

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