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Sarkozy to see Pope after French crackdown on Gypsies

France , Nevada (US), 11.10.2010 16:07, (ROMEA)

The Associated Press has reported that French President Nicolas Sarkozy had an audience with the Pope at the Vatican in what is seen to be an attempt to mend France’s image after the controversial expulsion of Gypsies.

The French government has linked Roma with crime and expelled more than a thousand to Romania and Bulgaria, according to the report.

Pope Benedict, in a recent speech to pilgrims at his summer residence urged people to accept "legitimate human diversity" and asked parents to "educate your children about universal brotherhood."

Meanwhile Hindus are said to be disappointed with the visit as reported by website. Hindu statesman, Rajan Zed reportedly said in a statement in Nevada (US) that His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI should have strongly told Sarkozy that he was not upholding "Christian values" by continuing to ill-treat Roma.

He added that, as the most powerful religious leader in the world the Pope has a moral obligation to make efforts to stop human rights violations against the Roma in Europe.

Nathalia Odwin, Associated Press,
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European Roma Rights Centre: Czech President's remarks were antigypsyist hate speech

2.10.2018 8:31
Yesterday the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) sent an open letter addressed to Czech President Zeman and objecting to recent comments he made about Romani people when he was speaking last week in the Olomouc Region - Zeman alleged that exactly the Romani residents of the particular community he was visiting constitute their population of unemployed people, which the ERRC believes was a racist characterization. Zeman went on to allege that during the communist regime, Romani people "had to work" and were imprisoned if they refused to do so.
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Czech Republic: RomanoNet launches campaign to get out the Romani vote - "ME DŽAV! A so tu?"

1.10.2018 7:03
RomanoNet, an organization based in the Czech Republic, launched a campaign at the end of August called ME DŽAV! A so tu? ("I'M GOING! Are you?"). The aim is to activate Romani voters and motivate them to participate in the local elections this coming weekend.
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Local Romani assembly member in Czech town seeks re-election, recommends running to others

29.9.2018 12:23
Citizens of the Czech Republic will vote for new local assembly members next weekend (5 and 6 October 2018). News server has learned that at least 170 Romani candidates are running locally this year and, if elected, will be able to change the hand that is dealt at the city or municipal level.
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