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Flamenco dancer is appointed Roma's ambassador to the EU

Barcelona, 9.2.2007 15:01, (Independent ) In the stuffy confines of the European Parliament, he cut an unlikely figure. A strutting peacock of a man, Joaquin Cortes is normally to be found stripped to the waist, dancing Flamenco in front of thousands of mostly female devotees.  full story

250 attend gypsy meeting - Rother will decide

Bexhill, 8.2.2007 17:43, (Bexhill Today) Around 250 people flocked to the meeting at West St Leonards Community Centre but 100 had to be turned away as the hall was full to the gills.The event was chaired by Brett McLean, chairman of the LibDems for St Leonards.It was called after many people felt aggrieved for not being invited to the two recent meetings hosted by consultancy firm TK Associates.  full story

Gypsy site is given funding

Sheffield, UK, 8.2.2007 17:37, (Sheffield Today News) A SHEFFIELD gypsy site has been given ?190,000 of Government cash to improve communal facilities.Sheffield Council was awarded the money by the Department for Communities and Local Government, to be spent at the Redmires Lane site, Lodge Moor.  full story

Almost a third of new housing developments are so poorly designed they should never....

UK, 8.2.2007 17:35, (Inside Housing) Almost a third of new housing developments are so poorly designed they should never have been given planning permission, the government’s design watchdog has claimed. The audit of almost 300 developments in England by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment classed the quality of design of 29 per cent of schemes as poor and 53 per cent as average.  full story

Documentary films on SEE social, political and human rights issues

EU, 8.2.2007 11:05, (Roma virtual network) The European Documentary Portal (www.documentaryportal.com) would be interested to publish stories about documentary films in production on various South Eastern European social, political and human rights issues.  full story

Million pounds for South Somerset gypsies

Somerset District, UK, 8.2.2007 11:00, (Roma virtual network) SOUTH Somerset District Council has been awarded nearly ?1-million from the Department for Communities and Local Government towards works at the gypsy site at Ilton.  full story

Special Issue, Anthropology of East Europe Review on Roma and Gadje

Columbia, 8.2.2007 10:58, (Roma virtual network) We are seeking papers that consider the ways Romani individuals and communities negotiate, resist and reproduce the places Roma occupy in the social and political contexts of non-Romani spheres, as well as sociological analyses of the lifeworlds and counterpublics of Roma.  full story

Attack on the representative of the Democratic Association of Roma

Beograd, 7.2.2007 16:53, (Roma virtual network ) Mr. Jordan Vasić, president of the Democratic Association of Roma was brutally physically and verbally attacked last night. The incident has started as a car accident at the corner of two Belgrade streets Mokroluska and Crikvenicka, where a drunken driver was driving with no car lights and hit the Vasics car.  full story

Investment for gipsy and traveller sites

East Sussex , 7.2.2007 13:41, (Levest today) East Sussex County Council has been awarded over ?1.2m for the existing Gypsy and Traveller transit site at Southerham near Lewes.The central government funding has been warmly welcomed by the county council.  full story

ERRC Condemns Anti-Romani Actions in Russia

Budapest, 7.2.2007 13:37, (ROMEA/ERRC) On 1 February 2007, the ERRC sent two letters to Russian authorities expressing concern at anti-Romani actions in the country and urging immediate action to end such incidents.  full story

Scheming Gypsy Proposes New Hate Speech Law

UK, 6.2.2007 19:37, (Roma Network) Unfazed by a Constitutional Court ruling striking down a sweeping "hate speech" law passed by the Hungarian Parliament last year, the National Gypsy Authority (Országos Cigány Kisebbségi Önkormányzat, or OCO) last week renewed its campaign to get a law on the books that would make it a crime in Hungary not only to instigate violence against minorities, but to "incite hatred" towards them.  full story

Athens Prefect on Votanikos Roma settlements: “This wretched situation honors no one”

Athens, 6.2.2007 18:33, (GHM) Greek Helsinki Monitor (GHM) congratulates the Athens Prefect Yannis Sgouros for his initiative to become the first Greek state high-ranking official to visit, on 30 Jnauary 2007, the Roma settlements in the Athesn area of Votanikos so as to raise awareness of the prevailing wretched situation and to contribute to the handling of the problem. His press release and pictures say it all.  full story

New funding for authorised Gypsy and traveller sites

England, 6.2.2007 17:43, (Property People) Three local authorities in the East of England have been awarded a total of ?95,000 to help them improve living conditions on authorised Gypsy and traveller sites in the region.  full story

Truancy widespread among Romany children

Kosice, East Slovakia, 6.2.2007 10:17, (CTK) Some children from Romany shanty villages in eastern Slovakia skip as many as 90 percent of school classes, local mayors and headteachers told CTK today.Neither schools nor the local authorities are able to settle the problem, they added.This is so although the authorities can deprive the parents of truants of welfare benefits since 2003.  full story

Book on ethnic Roma important persons was published

BUCHAREST, Romania, 5.2.2007 17:27, (DIVERS) The book "Elite rome" (Ethnic Roma elites), recently published at "Balcanii si Europa" publishing house, was launched Friday, February 2 in Bucharest. The book was signed by publicist Mircea Bunea, with the contribution of Dana Lascu, and presents various ethnic Roma important persons, past or future, some of whom are notorious.  full story

Slovakia: INEKO – Best project is the establishment of a computer laboratory for Roma

Bratislava, 5.2.2007 11:30, (ROMEA/RPA) The INEKO Institute, which regularly evaluates measures taken by municipalities, has announced that the town of Trnava’s decision to provide rent-free space in the Recreation Center for perfecting the computer skills of local Romani children was the most valuable project undertaken by any municipality this past quarter.  full story

Slovakia: Research shows half of Romani children do not discuss sex with their parents

Bratislava, 5.2.2007 11:28, (ROMEA/RPA) Romani boys have a higher tolerance for premarital sex than do Romani girls or Romani parents. Up to 86 % of a total of 160 male respondents said it was acceptable for a boy to have premarital sex with a girl; when selecting their female partners, however, the respondents were quite demanding, saying the woman chosen should be a virgin before marriage, according to Jarmila Filadelfiová, who participated in preparing the research on sexual and reproductive behavior in Roma communities in Slovakia.  full story

Gypsy children being bullied

UK, 4.2.2007 10:23, (TES) Gypsy children have alleged shocking incidents of racist bullying in Welsh schools in a survey for charity Save The Children. Face-to-face interviews were held with young pupils from the minority group about their experiences in mainstream education.  full story

French Court Sends 10 Bulgarians to Jail for Baby Trade

Paris, 3.2.2007 17:10, (Sofia News Agency) A French court has sentenced ten Bulgarians to up to six years in prison for having sold babies to French Gypsy families. The families, most of which of Roma origin, admitted to buying 23 babies for between EUR 2,500 and EUR 8,000, saying they had acted because they could not have children of their own or because they thought the children would have a better life in France.  full story

Romano regret position of Mr Ahtisaari

Helsing?r, 3.2.2007 10:38, (Romano) "Romano" in Denmark express deep regret that UN- special envoy Mr Ahtisaari refuse to include the Kosovo Roma diaspora in the status negotiations for Kosovo.  full story

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