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Maksym Yarosh, the man who disrupted a discussion among human rights activists on 27 May 2019 in Kyiv, Ukraine. (PHOTO:  Ukraine Crisis Media Center)
Maksym Yarosh, the man who disrupted a discussion among human rights activists on 27 May 2019 in Kyiv, Ukraine. (PHOTO: Ukraine Crisis Media Center)

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Ukraine: Roma in Transcarpathia fear hunger, mobilization and the police

21.3.2015 23:59, (ROMEA) News server has interviewed Romani studies scholar Michael Beníšek about the everyday life of Romani people in the Ukrainian city of Uzhhorod and its environs, their concerns, identity and language, their relationship toward the gadje, their love of Bollywood films and the new wave of Romani refugees from Transcarpathia now entering Britain with Hungarian passports. Beníšek studied Indology and Romani Studies at the Philosophy Faculty of Charles University in Prague, where he then remained at the Romani Studies Seminar as an educator  full story

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Ukraine: Terrorist attack in Kharkov results in four dead, hopelessness and insecurity

1.3.2015 20:19, (ROMEA) In the Czech Republic, the bloodshed caused by the shooting in Uherský Brod, the worst such incident in Czech history, has overshadowed media coverage of a terrorist attack committed last weekend against those participating in the "March for Dignity" in Kharkov to mark the first anniversary of the victory of the Maidan uprising. Throughout Ukraine, concerns have multiplied that a new phase of the civil war might be beginning in Kharkov involving an expansion of the war zone and the destabilization of the tense local situation in the run-up to municipal elections this fall.  full story

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Czech poll finds more optimism, but also more fear of immigrants

Prague, 19.2.2015 21:27, (ROMEA) Last year the optimism of Czechs grew significantly in many areas of public life. According to most people, however, the situation with respect to immigration has deteriorated in the Czech Republic, as has the security situation.  full story

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Ukraine: Editorial offices of "disobedient" newspaper set on fire in Kharkov

Kharkov, 15.1.2015 18:59, (ROMEA) A serious incident took place last weekend in the Ukrainian city of Kharkov when unidentified perpetrators broke windows in the editorial offices of the nationwide newspaper Slovyanka, defaced the walls with Nazi swastikas and threatening messages, and set the building on fire with Molotov cocktails. According to eyewitnesses, the group of perpetrators had been active participants in demonstrations in Kharkov honoring the victims of the Islamist terrorist attacks in Paris.  full story

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Ukrainian Roma: The government treats us like stepchildren

Kiev, 13.6.2014 23:21, (ROMEA) Ukrainians are enduring a serious hangover after the euphoria of Maidan. Romani people in Ukraine are also being most painfully affected by the current crisis.  full story

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Commentary: The human rights of salesman Miloš Zeman

Prague, 8.5.2014 2:16, (ROMEA) One of the biggest sins of the pre-1989 regime was its conceptual confusion, its twisting of words to mean something other than what they originally stood for, and its emptying what was said of all meaning. The word "peace", for example, actually meant the Cold War, while the nickname of "People's Democracy" meant the dictatorship of the proletariat.  full story

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International Renaissance Foundation: Stop Ethnic Violance in Slovyansk!

Slovyansk, 19.4.2014 16:46, (ROMEA) In Slovyansk, the Eastern Ukraine, separatists began riots targeted at Roma residing in the city. The armed separatists burst into houses inhabited by Roma, beaten and robbed them regardless of gender or age, UNIAN reports. According to this report, they have beaten even women and children. Separatists said that they operate under the direct order of their "people's mayor Vyacheslav Ponomarev". The armed men loaded the property of Roma families in the truck, eyewitnesses say.  full story

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Analysis: What the Czech media ignore about Ukraine

Prague, 24.3.2014 19:19, (Romano Voďi) This article was written for the print edition of Romano vod'i magazine at the start of March.  full story

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Ukraine: Neo-Nazi leader Yarosh tones down rhetoric ahead of elections

Kiev, 12.3.2014 18:07, (ROMEA) The leader of Ukraine's neo-Nazis, Dmytro Yarosh, is planning to run for president during the May elections. Ukrainian National News (UNN) reported the announcement last week.  full story

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videoRomani activists discuss the Ukraine crisis

Kiev/Crimea, 12.3.2014 17:12, (ROMEA) On Monday, March 10, Roma Radio Patrin and Terraforming broadcast live Skype interviews with Romani activists discussing their perspectives on the current crisis in Ukraine. The interviews marked the first time that Roma Radio Patrin has also broadcast a video feed of its online radio program.  full story

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Appeal by the International Charitable Foundation “Roma Women’s Fund “Chirikli” and Roma Council of Ukraine

Kiev, 8.3.2014 19:28, (ROMEA) We, representatives of the Roma community appeal to the politicians, armed forces, and to all those, who have influence on the future of our country.  full story

Roma in Ukraine call for calm: UN day march pledges support

London/Kiev, 8.3.2014 19:22, (ROMEA) When Roma migrants head a march up Whitehall shortly to mark UN Anti-Racism Day they will carry a banner calling for a peaceful resolution of the crisis in Ukraine.  full story

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Czech hooligans and neo-Nazis went to Kiev to fight

Kiev/Prague, 6.3.2014 19:40, (ROMEA) News server reports that two football hooligans who are fans of Slavia Prague left the Czech Republic at the end of February heading for the center of anti-government unrest in the capital of Ukraine. They joined the neo-Nazi "Right Sector" movement in Kiev, which espouses the legacy of Stepan Bandera, a radical 20th-century fighter for Ukrainian independence.  full story

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Russia issues international arrest warrant for leader of Ukraine's "Right Sector"

Prague, 5.3.2014 18:43, (ROMEA) Russia has issued an international arrest warrant for the leader of the Ukrainian ultra-nationalist Right Sector movement, Dmytro Yarosh. Russian press agencies quoted a representative of Russia's Investigative Committee, Vladimir Markin, as announcing the news.  full story

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Ukrainian Parliament abolishes language law, neighboring states protest

Kiev, 26.2.2014 18:46, (ROMEA) Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania expressed their dissatisfaction today with a decision taken by the Ukrainian Parliament on Sunday to abolish a law on languages that was adopted in 2012. All three countries have large national minority populations living in several places throughout Ukraine and are therefore calling on the new leadership of the country to respect their rights.  full story

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Czech ultra-right invites militant neo-Nazis from Ukraine's "Right Sector" to visit

Prague, 26.2.2014 16:28, (ROMEA) The right-wing extremist Workers' Social Justice Party (Dělnická strana sociální spravedlnosti - DSSS) has invited a representative of the Ukrainian neo-Nazi group Right Sector to the Czech Republic. In addition to the democratic parties of the All-Ukrainian Union "Fatherland" (representatives: Yulia Tymoshenko, Arseniy Yatsenyuk), the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform (Vitali Klitschko) and the fascist Freedom party (Oleg Tjagnybok), Right Sector is one of the most significant radical groups participating in the current revolutionary changes in Ukraine.  full story

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Commentary: The lessons of Ukraine, or, how to avoid fascism and violence

Kiev/Prague, 27.1.2014 19:55, (ROMEA) Reflections on the recent developments in Ukraine and their connection to current affairs in the Czech Republic.  full story

Ukraine: Ethno-national Policy Council

Kiev, 6.4.2007 17:47, (ROMEA/Roma Network) A hearing of the Council on Ethno-national Policy under the President of Ukraine took place in Kyiv on April 4, 2007. The meeting was chaired by People’s Deputy of Ukraine Hennadiy Udovenko. The sitting also saw participation of President’s Secretariat Main Service for Humanitarian Policy and Preservation of National and Cultural Heritage Oleksandr Bystrushkin, State People’s Deputies, heads of national minorities NGOs, scientists and experts.  full story

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