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Čeněk Růžička, chair of the Committee for the Redress of the Roma Holocaust, speaking on 13 May 2017 at Lety u Písku (PHOTO: Petr Zewlakk Vrabec)
Čeněk Růžička, chair of the Committee for the Redress of the Roma Holocaust, speaking on 13 May 2017 at Lety u Písku (PHOTO: Petr Zewlakk Vrabec)

Čeněk Růžička: It's strange for LGBT people to hold the rainbow and Romani flags while speaking of Roma pride

24.6.2017 13:16 At the beginning of June the third international conference on upholding the human rights of LGBTI members of the Romani community was held in Strasbourg, France, co-
organized by the Prague-based ARA ART association, whose director, David Tišer, is an activist, artist, and Romani Studies scholar who is a member of both the LGBTI and the Romani communities. Tišer posted a photo of the Romani people attending the conference holding both the international rainbow flag of the LGBT community and the international Romani flag to his Facebook profile.  full story

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Third international Romani LGBTI conference discusses homophobia in non-Romani and Romani society

24.6.2017 12:38 At the beginning of June in Strasbourg, France, the third international conference on the topic of upholding the human rights of the LGBTI members of the Romani community was held. The conference was co-organized by the Prague-based ARA ART group, whose director is the LGBTI Romani activist, artist and Romani Studies scholar David Tišer.  full story

Djenne Dickens

Commentary: Social Exclusion is a Global Issue

23.6.2017 14:00

The issues the Roma face in Europe are issues that many minorities around the globe face as well. There is unequal distribution of education, employment, and housing.

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Uygun Dum and his family pose outside their home in Kucukbakkalkoy, Istanbul, on Jun 2, 2017. (PHOTO: Thomson Reuters Foundation/Paul Osterlund)

Turkey: Roma Families in Istanbul Face Continued Gentrification

23.6.2017 13:45 Civil society organizations have been reporting that over the past decade, Roma families in Turkey have been forced to repeatedly uproot their families in search of new residences. These migrations have occurred in response to an unparalleled boom in construction that has replaced small homes in Roma neighborhoods with apartment blocks created to serve clients with higher incomes.  full story

Protest for Philando Castile in St. Anthony, August 19, 2016 (PHOTO: Fibonacci Blue, Flickr.com)

videoUS: Police Officer Shoots African-American Man and is Acquitted of Manslaughter Charges

23.6.2017 13:00 US media are reporting that Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez  was acquitted of all charges on Friday 16 June 2017 in the shooting death of Philando Castile, a 32-year old African American man, on 6 July 2016. Footage of the incident retrieved from the dashboard camera of Yanez’s police car was released to the public on Tuesday 20 June 2017.  full story

Roma activist Melina Halilovic at an OSCE-suppported Round Table on Roma issues, Visoko, 13 February 2017. (PHOTO: OSCE, http://www.osce.org)

Bosnia: Melina Halilovic is First Romani Woman in Municipal Council in Visoko

23.6.2017 12:40 Melina Halilovic is President of the Association of Youth Roma Initiative “Be My Friend,” and is also the first female Roma member of the Municipal Council in Visoko. She was elected to the Municipal Council on 2 October 2016.  full story

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Czech Republic: Romani people discuss whether the approach of Afrofuturism could empower them

23.6.2017 7:22 On Friday, 16 June, the Romafuturismo Library hosted a discussion at the Tranzitdisplay Gallery about Afrofuturism and how it could relate to Romani people. The discussion began with a Skype conversation with writer and director Ytasha L. Womack, who talked about her film, "A Love Letter to the Ancestors from Chicago", and her book, "Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture".  full story

Czech Republic: Romani family allegedly refused service in restaurant owned by Staropramen Brewery

22.6.2017 19:12 A reader of news server Romea.cz has informed us of a case of alleged discrimination in access to services at the branch of the "Potrefená husa" restaurant located inside of Prague's main train station. Andrej Krišta invited several of his relatives to have dinner with him and a friend there before they traveled back to Slovakia.  full story

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videoDirector of the Institute of the Terezín Initiative says story of Czechoslovak Romani partisan could raise awareness of Roma Holocaust

21.6.2017 6:57 Last month a two-day international conference about Romani victims of the Holocaust was held in Prague by the Institute of the Terezín Initiative and the Antikomplex association in collaboration with the ROMEA organization and other partners. Experts on documenting Holocaust victims and on modern history in Central Europe discussed the current state of research in the area of the Roma Holocaust and their experiences with documenting Holocaust victims generally.  full story

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Slovakia: Three skinheads assault Romani mother and her children with racist abuse

20.6.2017 15:02 News server Novinky.sk reported yesterday that a young Romani mother named Naděžda was targeted for attack in the Slovak village of Snina by three aggressive men who looked like skinheads. Just before 8 PM the men broke into her home, where she was alone with her children, the youngest of whom is a two-week-old infant.  full story

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Czech and Slovak ministers call for ways to combat radicalism

20.6.2017 14:29 Europe must provide people with prospects for the future so they will not decline into radicalism - that was the thesis agreed upon last week at a conference on the future of the EU attended by Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek (Czech Social Democratic Party -ČSSD) and Slovak Foreign Mnister Miroslav Lajčák. The heads of diplomacy appeared on a panel with the Austrian Ambassador to Prague, Alexander Grubamayr  full story

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Germany compensating Czech and Slovak Roma 72 years after Nazi atrocities

19.6.2017 16:09 "From an inconspicuous article in the newspaper I learned that Germany had begun to compensate Jewish [Holocaust survivors] in the post-communist states. I could not find any mention of Romani people anywhere. That country left such a horrible mark on us Roma and continues to behave as if nothing ever happened to us. That angered me terribly," recalls the chair of the Committee for the Redress of the Roma Holocaust in the Czech Republic (VPORH), Čeněk Růžička, when asked how last year's breakthrough decision came about to compensate Czech Roma for the hardships caused them by their imprisonment in German concentration camps.  full story

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Macedonian Govt settles out of court with Romani family as Romani deaths in prisons keep happening

19.6.2017 16:05 On 15 June 2017 the Government of Macedonia reached a friendly settlement to a case against Macedonia before the European Court of Human Rights. According to the European Roma Rights Centre, based in Budapest, the Government has “agreed to pay € 9000 in compensation to the family of a Romani man who died in suspicious circumstances in prison.”  full story

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Slovak President Kiska: Let's stop speaking of the "Romani problem" and use Romani potential

18.6.2017 13:02 According to video footage released by his office, Slovak President Andrej Kiska presented his "Report on the State of the Republic" to the National Assembly on 14 June, assessing the state of the Slovak economy as positive and saying there is potential for Slovakia to further develop even as he criticized the state's inability to resolve its most burning issues, which causes growing mistrust among the citizenry in state institutions and representatives. The report, among other things, touches on the growth of extremist sentiment in society and the situation of Romani people in Slovakia.  full story

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Together We Can: Staffer of youth drop-in center says differences between Czech and Romani youth are minimal

18.6.2017 10:02 News server Romea.cz has been regularly publishing interviews this year with people who are involved in interesting work that aids inter-ethnic coexistence in the Czech Republic. Beginning in May, interviewer Dana Moree also began asking her interviewees questions about certain terms being used here with contested meanings - words like "Czech", "gadjo", "Roma", etc.  full story

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Commentary: The value of life in Central Europe depends on skin color

17.6.2017 11:12 The feeling that anything at all can be done to Romani people with impunity has long been sustained in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and other countries of our region by the approach taken by state bodies and institutions. The recent news from Zborov is not the first time that Slovak Police officers have raided a Romani settlement and committed groundless violence there, but this time there is evidence of their behavior in the form of video footage.
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Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month (PHOTO: http://www.grthmlondon.org.uk/)

UK: Residents in Dorset Band Together to Celebrate Romani Heritage

16.6.2017 12:15 This past Saturday 10 June, the South West Dorset Multicultural Network and Kushti Bok hosted a celebration of Romani people and Travellers in the UK. The event was created in honor of Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month and took place in Dorchester’s Borough Gardens.  full story

PHOTO: Facebook.com, The Gypsyjazz Project

videoEgypt: Band Introduces Traditional Romani Music to the Egyptian Jazz Scene

16.6.2017 12:00 The Gypsy Jazz Project is an Egyptian band that has pioneered Romani-based music in the jazz scene there. The band is set to perform with Egyptian singer and actress Dalia Farid this Saturday 17 June at 9:30pm in the ROOM Art Space and Cafe in Garden City.  full story

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Analysis: Czech Police say situation after Chomutov shooting not tense, locals say otherwise

16.6.2017 6:56 In Chomutov the funeral is being prepared of the 34-year-old Romani man who died there on the night of 27 May as a consequence of a gunshot wound. The shooter, who is not Romani, is in custody and facing up to 20 years in prison if convicted.  full story

Voice of Baceprot (VoB)

videoIndonesia: Hijab-Wearing Female Metal Group Defies Stereotypes

15.6.2017 17:25 Voice of Baceprot, (VoB) is a female Indonesian metal group consisting of three young women who choose to wear hijabs, a type of Islamic headscarf. The band formed in 2014 in West Java, “and use their music to combat the stereotype of Muslim women as submissive or voiceless” according to reuters.com.  full story

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