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EU flags in front of the European Commission building in Brussels (PHOTO: Sébastien Bertrand, Wikimedia commons)
EU flags in front of the European Commission building in Brussels (PHOTO: Sébastien Bertrand, Wikimedia commons)

Committee for European Romani Politics publishes Brussels Declaration

22.11.2017 9:48 The Committee for European Romani Politics (CERP) has declared its intention to establish a European political party for the Romani nation. The plan was stated in their Brussels Declaration on Monday, 20 November.  full story

"A Vanished World" exhibit on Wenceslas Square in the Czech capital for the next two weeks

1.11.2017 14:27 The travelling exhibition "A Vanished World" (Zaniklý svět), prepared by the Committee for the Redress of the Roma Holocaust (VPORH) about indigenous Czech Roma and Sinti, has returned to Prague. Through rare archival materials and photographs from the interwar period, the exhibit presents the lives of Roma and Sinti in the Czech lands prior to their imprisonment in Nazi concentration camps.  full story

“Tracing the Legacies of the Roma Genocide: Families as Transmitters of Experience and Memory,” explored the oral and written testimonies of Roma genocide survivors and descendants.

Roma and Sinti Genocide Survivors, Descendants and Scholars Unite in Prague

26.9.2017 10:30 Roma and Sinti Genocide Survivors, Descendants and Scholars Unite in Prague By Clare Profous.  full story

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Roman Koky: Prejudice just drives me further, education is the most important thing

22.9.2017 7:44 Like any Romani person, I have sometimes had to go through difficult situations. Especially at primary school, where my brother and I were subjected to racist remarks from other students day in and day out.  full story

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Exhibition "A Vanished World" about indigenous Czech Roma and Sinti again on display in Prague

17.9.2017 16:20 The traveling exhibition "A Vanished World" ("Zaniklý svět") about the indigenous Czech Roma and Sinti that has been created by the Committee for the Redress of the Roma Holocaust (Výbor pro odškodnění romského holocaustu - VPORH) is returning to Prague. Through rare archival materials and photographs, the exhibition presents the lives of Roma and Sinti in the Czech lands prior to their imprisonment in the Nazi concentration camps.  full story

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Slovakia: Nominations begin for Roma Spirit 2017 under auspices of President Kiska

28.7.2017 17:23 Nominations have begun for the prestigious ninth annual Roma Spirit awards in Slovakia, which highlight extraordinary deeds and efforts by specific individuals and organizations to improve the life and position of Romani people there. The award is administered by the Association for Culture, Education and Communications (ACEC), Slovak Radio and Television, and the Office of the Government Plenipotentiary for the Roma Community.  full story

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Czech Republic: Romani Residents Persevere Through Poor Living Conditions

21.7.2017 0:01 A large hole in the ceiling, bigger than a toilet bowl, leaks water onto the bathroom floor in the apartment of a Romani woman in Bohumin, Czech Republic. She has to put a bucket underneath the hole when the neighbors who live above her shower in order to prevent the place from floodi  full story

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Colombia: Romani Residents Embrace Their New and Traditional Identities

20.7.2017 23:55 The Romani people in Colombia are proud of their government for fostering a culture of acceptance within the community. In 2005 the number of Romani residents in Colombia was estimated at 5000 people, but has now grown to more than 8000 people within the last decade. Many of the Romani people in Colombia do not fear persecution, and enjoy several social benefits.  full story

Giuvlipen Theatre Company

Romania: Romani Actresses Shine a Spotlight on Feminism

20.7.2017 23:50 Giuvlipen Theatre Company is a Roma feminist theatre company based in Bucharest, Romania. The company was established in 2014 by several professional Romani actresses in Bucharest.  full story

Anti-Roma protests in Bulgaria (July 2, 2017, PHOTO: Btv Novosti)

videoBulgaria: Anti-Roma Protests Continue After Alleged Romani Attacks on Teenagers

4.7.2017 11:40 Another huge anti-Roma protest occurred in Asenovgrad, Bulgaria on Sunday, 2 July. This was the fifth anti-Roma protest that has occurred since nine Romani locals allegedly attacked several teenagers on the local rowing team.  full story

Alana Telesford

Alana Telesford Explores Educational Inequity within the Czech Republic

3.7.2017 10:34 Alana Telesford is a graduate student of Lehigh University working with the Campaign for Social Inclusion to promote inclusion of the Roma people. Telesford is residing in the Czech Republic from 5 June 2017 to 29 July 2017 to research inequalities within the education system. Her research will be combined with the research of three other American students and organized into a story map that will be presented to the U.S. Embassy in the Czech Republic at the end of July 2017.  full story

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Lehigh University Students Explore the Problem of Social Housing within the Czech Republic

3.7.2017 10:30 American students from Lehigh University are living in Prague from 5 June 2017 to 29 July 2017. These students are a part of the Campaign for Social Inclusion, a program helping with the social inclusion of the Roma people. The students Maggie Helmes and Jasmine Wung work for the nongovernmental organization Otevrena Spolecnost, focusing on the inequality of social housing within the Czech Republic.  full story

On Thursday, June 29, 2017, commission in ROMEA interviewed Romani university students requesting a scholarship from the Roma Education Fund (PHOTO: Zdeněk Ryšavý, Romea.cz)

Romani Students Propel Themselves Forward, Aiming to Further Their Education

3.7.2017 10:20 On 29 June the ROMEA organization in Prague interviewed several Romani students applying for scholarships from the Roma Education Fund. A panel of five evaluated the students, selecting the most qualified as recipients of scholarships to continue their education.

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Belgian edition of TV competition "The Voice" won by 13-year-old Romani girl from Slovakia

30.6.2017 7:50 The most recent season of the Belgian branch of the music show "The Voice Kids 2017" has been won by 13-year-old Katarina Pohlodková, whose parents are originally from Slovakia. She fought her way through to the final round with the song "She Believes in Me", originally performed by the Belgian singer André Hazes, which was a mega-hit as "Empire State of Mind" by Alicia Keys.  full story

Bulgaria: Alleged Romani Attacks on Rowers Sparks Anti-Roma Protest

29.6.2017 15:41 The Bulgarian News Agency reports that an anti-Roma protest happened in Assenovgrad, southern Bulgaria, last week. Roughly 1 500 non-Romani people are said to have joined the protest on the evening of Wednesday,  28 June.  full story

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Bernard Rorke: Bulgarian government sticks a middle finger at Europe and appoints a fascist to head integration unit

28.6.2017 16:45 The muted EU response to the appointment of Patriot Front henchman, Valeri Simeonov, to lead Bulgaria’s council on integration beggars belief. In an open letter on May 29, nearly 400 Bulgarian human rights activists and intellectuals, denounced the appointment of a "pronounced supporter of fascist and neo-Nazi ideology,"  full story

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Czech Police investigating video in which non-Romani bodybuilder threatens Roma in Chomutov with murder

27.6.2017 15:09 Police in Chomutov, Czech Republic have confirmed they have begun investigating the video recording in which the bodybuilder and Internet "celebrity" Filip Grznár comments on the recent murder of a Romani man there. "For the time being, an investigation is underway on suspicion of the crime of approving of a criminal act as per Section 365 Criminal Code, or perhaps incitement to hatred against a group of persons or restriction of their rights and freedoms as per Section 356 Criminal Code," police spokesperson Marie Pivková told news server Romea.cz yesterday.  full story

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Vicente Rodriguez Speaks About His Vision for the Romani People

26.6.2017 23:40 On 8 June, during the launch of the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) in Berlin, the Huffington Post met with activist Vicente Rodríguez, the Romani organizer of the RomaPop alliance. Rodríguez discussed his mission to have Romani people portrayed in a positive light in popular culture.  full story

Lety u Písku, 24. 6. 2017 (FOTO: František Bikár, Romea.cz)

Czech Justice Minister says moving pig farm from Roma genocide camp may require expropriation

26.6.2017 23:30 On Saturday 24 June, the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement (EGAM) and the nongovernmental organization Konexe hosted an event called "Dignity for Lety". They gathered with activists from the Czech Republic and 15 other countries to demand the removal of the pig farm located on the site of a former concentration camp at Lety u Pisku. Politicians and ambassadors of various countries gave speeches in support of the removal of the pig farm. Romea.cz aired the event live.  full story

Greece: Criminal Investigation into Attacks on Romani Community in Menidi Begins

23.6.2017 14:36 International and national NGOs in Greece are calling for a full investigation into the attacks on the Roma community that erupted in response to the death on 8 June of an 11-year-old-boy in the town of Menidi, according to the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC). A criminal investigation into the riots was launched as of 20 June, but suspects have yet to be arrested.

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