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France: Church defends Roma, Gitanes from repressive new laws

Paris, 29.7.2010 21:06, (MISNA) President Nicolas Sarkozy’s new laws toward the Gitanes and Roma (French Gypsy and Traveller) peoples have been criticized by the French Catholic Church.  full story

Bulgaria, Romania join French efforts against Roma offenders

Sofia/Bucharest/Paris, 29.7.2010 21:01, (EXPATICA) Bulgaria and Romania joined efforts with France on Thursday to find a solution to illegal Roma migration, following calls from Paris to close down migrant camps and expel offenders, which triggered protests by Roma rights activists.  full story

Sarkozy Speech Enrages Roma Leaders

Paris, 29.7.2010 17:38, (Frenchtribune.com) President Nicolas Sarkozy has invited trouble for himself after expelling an illegal Gypsy immigrant from France. This group was accused of creating disturbance, after a man was killed when he was trying to hide from the police.  full story

Romanian organisations condemn France's anti-Roma move

Bucharest, 29.7.2010 17:35, (AFP) Romanian rights groups on Thursday blasted France's decision to tear down Roma camps and expel Roma people who break the law, saying it was a "human rights violation."  full story

Sarkozy under fire for taking aim at Roma

Paris, 29.7.2010 14:44, (ROMEA/Euroactiv) The French left joined human rights groups and specialised organisations in criticising an anti-delinquency initiative launched by French President Nicolas Sarkozy yesterday (28 July), which is specifically targeted at the Roma community.  full story

Anger as Sarkozy Targets Roma in Crime Crackdown

Paris, 25.7.2010 13:55, (Time) During his rise to and occupancy of the French presidency, Nicolas Sarkozy has regularly announced new law-and-order offensives in the hopes of stoking support among the majority of French voters who say they're scared of crime. Typically, those policies have taken aim at Sarkozy's preferred target: the banlieues, the troubled suburban housing projects that ring most French cities and are populated by a disproportionately high number of minorities.  full story

Guide to the rights of young Gypsies launched

Wales, 25.7.2010 13:40, (WalesOnline) A CHILDREN’S charity has launched an information booklet to help young Gipsy travellers in Wales understand their rights. The guide is aimed at 11 to 18-year-olds and presents young people with information such as the rights they have in education.  full story

Travelling towards a better understanding of gypsies

Edinburgh, 25.7.2010 13:26, (Scotsman.com) As hundreds of gypsies and travellers arrive in Edinburgh for a religious convention, Romany journalist Jake Bowers offers an insight into their often misunderstood world. Britain's 300,000 gypsies and travellers have lived, worked and travelled throughout Britain for over 500 years, yet we have been almost entirely written out of British history.  full story

Steel Pot Comes Up, Tinners Go Down

TEKRDAG, 19.7.2010 18:23, (Cingeneyiz Tekirdag) Living in Malkara, Hac?evhat District, Erenler region, approximately 30 house of people have many problems… The biggest problem tinners have is the unemployement issue they have encountered after their traditional profession became unvaluable.  full story

Hungary: Minorities have most to loose from crisis

Budapest, 18.7.2010 23:25, (VITAeurope) Interview with Angela Kocze, one of Hungary’s most outspoken Roma rights advocates. Angela Kocze, 40, is one of Hungary’s most outspoken Roma rights advocates. Born in a poor, rural Hungarian village, she is herself a Roma and put herself through school, first by working in a factory and then winning a university scholarship. In a country where only 0.2% of Roma people go to college, Kocze’s story is the exception to the rule. A degree in human rights and ethnic and minority studies and an interest in gender identity took her to becoming the first executive director of the European Roma Information Office (ERIO), an NGO lobbying EU institutions. She is also the former director of the human rights education programme at the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC).  full story

Gypsy family ordered to leave rural beauty spot

Staffordshire , 16.7.2010 11:10, (This is Staffordshire ) A Gypsy family say they have nowhere to go after councillors ordered them to leave a rural beauty spot. Joanne Smith had hoped to settle down with her family on land off Windycote Lane in Dilhorne.  full story

Turkey, Europe cooperate in projects on Roma initiative

Istambul, 15.7.2010 23:16, (Today's Zaman) Turkey, which recently took the initiative to expand the rights of disadvantaged groups and communities such as the Kurds, the Alevis and the Roma, has been carrying out joint projects with European organizations to this end, receiving wide applause from Europe.  full story

Europe rights body claims racism increasing during economic crisis

EU, 15.7.2010 22:48, (JURIST) The Council of Europe's European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) reported Thursday that racist violence and rhetoric has risen in Europe during 2009, following the recent economic crisis. According to the report, the economic crisis has led to a rise in the unemployment rate and a decrease in social services in many countries, with immigrants being blamed for the resulting hardship.  full story

Gypsy Zeitgeist: Films by Tony Gatlif

EU, 13.3.2007 10:40, (Blogcritics) Occasionally a filmmaker succeeds in capturing an authentic aspect of human life and culture. That's always a triumph in this age of formulaic plots and endless sequels. The obscure and intense movies of Tony Gatlif certainly qualify as modern screen gems. Gatlif weaves colorful and musical tapestries of European Gypsy life that are powerful portrayals of one of the oldest and most misunderstood cultures on the planet, the Roma.  full story

Confronting color in a world of white

Prague, 13.3.2007 10:38, (Prague Wanderer) Minorities say they stand out in a crowd in Prague's monochromatic population. This story is the third in a series of articles from the Prague Wanderer, a webzine created by New York University students in Prague. Learn more about the Prague Wanderer here.  full story

Sterilised Roma accuse Czechs

Ostrava, 13.3.2007 10:29, (BBC) "I was sterilised when I was 21", says Elena Gorolova, an ethnic Roma (Gypsy) woman living in Ostrava in the east of the Czech Republic.She is one of 80 Roma women in this pretty and quiet Czech town who claim they were coerced into sterilisation in the Czech health system.  full story

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