The New York Times: Humanitarian aid workers in Budapest, Hungary are stingy and strict when the refugees are Romani
Among the human beings doing their best to reach safety as Russian soldiers assault Ukraine are refugees of Romani origin who are encountering bias and discrimination from volunteers. News server Romea.cz has already reported on the case of two Romani refugee Ukrainian women with four children who were twice asked to leave accommodation facilities in the Czech Republic for no reason, or Czech bus drivers who refused to pick up Romani refugee Ukrainian mothers, originally from the Kyiv area, and bring them to safety, as well as other cases where volunteers do not want to transport Romani refugee Ukrainian families.
Yesterday The New York Times reported online about the approach being taken toward some Romani refugee Ukrainians in Hungary. At a center offering humanitarian aid in Budapest's Nyugati train station, a family of Romani refugees said the staffers demanded they show their passports before giving them refreshments.
Other citizens of Ukraine were not asked to prove their citizenship by those same staffers. They then gave the children who were Romani one beverage and one sandwich each while offering non-Romani refugees as many refreshments as they wanted.
Dark-skinned students have also encountered racism while fleeing the war. The American television station CNN has gathered their testimonies, including that some of the guards on the border between Poland and Ukraine treated them in a racist way.
Russia escalated its invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, 24 February. According to the UN, the fighting has cost at least 474 civilian lives so far.
Information about hundreds of other victims is still in the process of being verified. More than 2 million people have already fled into neighboring countries.
- Nataliia Tomenko, Romani activist from Ukraine: Antigypsyism is quite widespread here, but now non-Romani and Romani Ukrainians fight side by side for our country
- Czech bus drivers for refugees from Ukraine refuse to rescue Romani refugee mothers and children stuck on the Slovak border
- Hungarian court rules Romani children were discriminatorily institutionalized because of their origin and social status
- Romani Rose, chair of the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma, returns Hungarian honors to protest anti-LGBT law
- Hungarian Supreme Court: Romani children deserve financial compensation for school segregation
- Czech NGO consortium RomanoNet calls on lower house to dismiss Stanislav Křeček as Public Defender of Rights
- Romania: 37-year-old Roma man alleges police brutality, European Court of Human Rights has found the state liable for more than 20 such violations since 2015
- Czech Refugee Facilities Administration caves in to racist invective from Bílina and will not accommodate Romani refugees from Ukraine with a private property owner
- Commentary: Czech Govt Human Rights Commissioner declares her strong opposition to racially-motivated differential treatment of refugees, calls for solidarity
- Czech Senate adopts resolution condemning the Public Defender of Rights for repeatedly making biased, xenophobic remarks
- Brno cancels new refugee camp idea after overwhelming criticism and pressure from Czech Govt Human Rights Commissioner to negotiate on the situation of Romani refugees
- Brno, Czech Republic: 50 people protest city's treatment of Romani refugees from Ukraine
- Czech Republic's second-largest city to see day of demonstrations tomorrow against treatment of Romani refugees and their children
- Czech city to raze apartment buildings where local council briefly fenced off Romani residents from view after their non-Romani neighbors complained
- Czech capital and Government to "investigate" measures to motivate refugees from Ukraine to relocate from "overloaded" places
- Belgian city relocates immigrant Romani families from slums to residential sites on its outskirts
- Czech mayor makes openly racist statement that her town just wants "white" refugees from Ukraine, not children and women of Romani origin