LIVE BROADCAST: Elena Gorolová and European Commission Vice-President Jourová open international conference on anti-Roma racism
On Monday, 29 March, the international launching conference for the "CHACHIPEN" project researching anti-Roma racism, also called antigypsyism, will begin at 9 AM. The crucial aim of the project is to respond to historically rooted, systemic antigypsyism and to achieve justice, equality, non-discrimination and the full participation of Romani people in all activities of importance as equal citizens in Europe.
News server Romea.cz will broadcast the conference live. The project will be making use an approach following the Truth and Reconciliation model to assess past cases of rights violations and the ongoing structural discrimination of Romani people in the EU.
The opening section will include Věra Jourová, European Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency and Duna Mijatovic, the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights. Romani community member Elena Gorolová of the Czech Republic will then discuss the forced sterilizations that have taken place in the former Czechoslovakia and present-day Czech Republic.
"We will discuss how we can renew trust between non-Romani people and Romani people, and what role mainstream institutions can play in that. Our experts will also discuss differences of approach and the role of activism for the civil rights of Romani people as part of the new EU Roma strategic framework for equality and inclusion," organizers have announced along with the information that the conference will be interpreted into Romanes.
The international conference is being held ahead of the 50th anniversary of the first international meeting of Romani people in 1971, which will fall on 8 April as International Romani Day and is being organized by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma, the European Roma Grassroots Organizations network, the Federación de Asociaciones Gitanas de Cataluña (FAGIC), Asociatia Fast Forward and the ARESEL network from Romania. The conference program is here:
- EU Commission: States have to show improvement for Roma if they expect to draw funding
- European Commission VP Věra Jourová: Not enough was done during the last decade for Roma, the EC is launching a new 10-year plan
- Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights calls on Czech lower house to adopt law to compensate illegally sterilized people, first reading scheduled for today
- European Commission acknowledges racism is structural and beefs up the fight against racial discrimination
- European Commission President calls on EU Member States to combat discrimination against Romani people
- Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Secretary General issue statements honoring 2 August
- EU Commissioners greet the Roma on International Romani Day
- Czech city fines local activist for hanging artwork combining the Czech and Romani flags on International Romani Day
- New education portal about cyber hate launches and welcomes your input
- Controversial journalist known for her anti-refugee and anti-Romani slant will not head Czech Radio's news division
- Czech editor responsible for anti-Romani, anti-refugee news reporting at TV Prima to lead public broadcaster Czech Radio's news division
- Director of the Museum of Romani Culture schools Czech senator in debate
- Czech Foreign Minister: Whatever is a crime offline in terms of hate speech must be considered a crime online as well
- Czech capital sees gathering of Romani students awarded scholarships by the ROMEA organization
- Czech lower house to change leadership, the president and one vice-president will be women, ultranationalist welfare chauvinist is out
- Czech elections once again fail to elect a Romani legislator to the lower house
- Alternative for Germany, the anti-immigration populists, arguing internally over whether 10 % of the vote is success
- Six Romani men and women are running in Czech elections to the lower house, one for ANO and Levice, two for the Greens, two for ultranationalist party
- Czech town sees 6 000 people attend Romfest in runup to elections, Romani figures explained the importance of voting and warned against ultranationalists