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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

Dozens of Romany families evicted from their homes in Slovakia

Bratislava, 2.2.2007 19:39, (CTK) Dozens of Romany families have been evicted from their homes in Slovakia in the past two years and many of them remained without the roof over their heads, the Milan Simecka Foundation says in a report that was published in Bratislava today.  full story

ERIO at the launching of the 2007-European Year of Equal Opportunities for All

Brussels, 2.2.2007 16:53, (ERIO) On January 30th and 31st, 2007, the Opening of the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All was held in Berlin, on the occasion of the first ministerial-level Equality Summit. The aim of the Summit was to gather all key stakeholders (European Commission, national governments and non-governmental organisations) in the fight against discrimination, in order to identify concrete approaches to bring about equal opportunities in practice.  full story

Forced Evictions in Slovakia - 2006

Bratislava, Slovensko, 2.2.2007 12:44, (ERRC/COHRE) Roma in Slovakia are currently experiencing a wave of forced evictions according to a report released on Tuesday 23 January 2007 by the Milan Simecka Foundation, Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) and European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC).  full story

International Romani Art Festival

Romania, 1.2.2007 18:25, (IRAF) International Romani Art Festival with the theme „So keres, Europa?" aims at revealing a new perspective upon a delicate subject of present interest. It is time to say no to prejudice and racism.  full story

Public hearing for the condition of the Roma in Macedonia

Skopje, 1.2.2007 15:24, (MIA) The Roma issue in Macedonia – lack of knowledge or lack of political will is a subject on the today’s public hearing which is held in the Assembly of Republic of Macedonia. According to the report of the European Roma Rights Centre and the National Roma Centrum from Republic of Macedonia, the Roma in Macedonia in regard of employment and conditions for work are in a very difficult condition.  full story

Saturday - expect a huge gypsy protest

Hasting, 1.2.2007 15:12, (Hastings Today) Detailed plans for the Gypsies & Travellers consultation session to take place this Saturday have just been announced. Because of the huge interest in the meetings that have already taken place on the subject, the Council is asking people to stagger their arrival at the Town Hall.  full story

Volzhsk Police Launch Raids Against Roma

Volzhsk, Russia, 1.2.2007 11:42, (UCSJ) Police in the city of Volzhsk, Russia (Volgograd region) have launched a massive operation to round up Roma (Gypsies), according to a January 30, 2007 report by the Russian human rights web site hro.org. Citing a local Roma leader, the article reports that since January 24 police have singled out Roma in an operation called “Tabor” (Gypsy camp).  full story

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