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Slovak junior ruling SNS, Romanies agree on cooperation

Bratislava, 12.4.2007 13:38, (CTK) The junior ruling Slovak National Party (SNS) today signed a memorandum on cooperation with Romany Parliament, an association of Romanies in Slovakia."Our people have seen that there is goodwill in the SNS to solve the Romany issue," the association chairman Ladislav Fizik said.In the past, the SNS and its chairman Jan Slota faced criticism over their anti-Romany statements.  full story

Declaration OF PSOE ABOUT INTERNATIONAL ROMA DAY 8 OF APRIL OF 2007

Spain, 10.4.2007 11:10, (Roma Network) On this International Day of the gypsy People, the Socialists we congratulate all the gypsies and join all the commemorative acts of the mentioned celebration.The gypsy People, whose contribution is undoubted to the cultural values of the Spain in we live, it has fought historically for the attainment of the equality and in opposition to the discrimination.  full story

Greece: Parliamentary question on Hammarberg letter on Patras Roma evictions

Greece, 10.4.2007 11:03, (GHM/ROMEA) Greek Helsinki Monitor (GHM), on this International Roma Day, highlights the following question to the Minister of Interior, Public Administration and Decentralization Prokopis Pavlopoulos, tabled before the Greek Parliament by PASOK MP Nasos Alevras, and translated into English by GHM, from the Greek original availablehere.  full story

International Roma Day: A Day to Raise Awareness of the Human Rights Problems Experienced by Roma

Budapest, 10.4.2007 10:59, (ROMEA/ERRC) On the occasion of International Roma Day, April 8, the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) recalls that, to date, Roma remain the most deprived ethnic group of Europe. Across Europe, the fundamental rights of Roma are still being violated on a regular basis. Repetitious cases of racist violence and hate speech targeting Roma are reported frequently. Roma are also subject to discrimination in accessing employment, education, health care, and public and social services.  full story

ERRC Deeply Concerned about Czech Prime Minister's Statements on Equal Opportunity

Budapest, 6.4.2007 17:49, (ERRC/ROMEA) The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) is deeply concerned about the Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek’s adverse statements on equal opportunities for disadvantaged groups including women, the elderly and ethnic minorities. The ERRC once more emphasises the fundamental role of equal rights mechanisms and practices to establish a just, fair and democratic society.  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

International Roma Day: A Day to Raise Awareness of the Human Rights Problems Experienced by Roma

Budapest, 6.4.2007 17:46, (ERRC/ROMEA) On the occasion of International Roma Day, April 8, the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) recalls that, to date, Roma remain the most deprived ethnic group of Europe. Across Europe, the fundamental rights of Roma are still being violated on a regular basis. Repetitious cases of racist violence and hate speech targeting Roma are reported frequently. Roma are also subject to discrimination in accessing employment, education, health care, and public and social services.  full story

Slovak municipality to resettle Romany "ghetto" residents

Kosice, 26.3.2007 11:52, (CTK) The city of Kosice wants to resettle families at the local Romany-inhabited housing estate Lunik IX in an effort to separate less adaptable residents and rent-defaulters from those who pay rents, Emilia Bujnakova from the City Hall has told CTK.Those paying rents will gain better housing conditions. The city expects the resettle plan to make more families pay housing rents, Bujnakova said.  full story

DALE FARM:RUTH KELLY GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO BULLDOZERS

UK, 19.3.2007 14:46, (Ustiben Report/ROMEA) As the Siege of Dale Farm goes into its fifth year, that’s the question all the people in this Travellers’ community in rural Essex are asking themselves. A total of one and a half million euro has already been spent by Basildon council on its ethnic-cleaning policy.  full story

Slovak police accuse three youths of Nazism promotion

Zilina, Central Slovakia, 19.3.2007 12:26, (CTK) Slovak police accused three young men of promotion of Nazism, who gave the Nazi salute and called Nazi slogans in February in Puchov, central Slovakia, Trencin police spokeswoman Katarina Hlavacova told CTK today.One of the youths faces up to three years in prison if found guilty, the other two who have not yet turned 18 face up to 18 months in prison.  full story

Greece: Council of Europe Committee of Ministers ignores Commissioner for Human Rights information and subscribes to Greek state version on Patras Roma evictions

Greece, 17.3.2007 18:38, (ROMEA) Greek Helsinki Monitor (GHM) is astonished by the content of the Council of Europe (CoE)’s Committee of Ministers (CM)’ Reply to Written Question No. 502 by Mr Cilevičs: “Implementation of the European Social Charter by Greece: Forced evictions of Roma” adopted on 14 March 2007. The CM based the reply exclusively on the report by the Greek government.  full story

The communist experiment for the desegregation of Roma population vs. the democratic attempt to apply segregation within the European Union

EU, 14.3.2007 16:41, (Roma Network/Mihailo Georgiev) I wrote the article you are now reading in 2005, but I never published it because I believed that the problem with the housing policy for the Roma was on its way to a solution. I now allow myself to expand this article because I believe this is no longer a problem of Bulgaria only. This is a common European problem and we found out much to our surprise that the European models are caravans, special parking lots, solutions on wheels, solutions of a temporary nature that the Roma have invented long ago: “JELEM, JELEM – LUNGONE DROMENDE.”  full story

Vatican seeks to catholicize Gypsies

Vatican, 14.3.2007 9:41, (The Associated Press) The Vatican began a campaign Tuesday to attract Gypsies to Catholicism and away from Protestant groups, urging Catholic priests and others to help Gypsies in their difficult, everyday lives so that they could win their trust and evangelize them. The Vatican's office for migrants issued a set of guidelines for priests, nuns and lay groups on preaching Catholicism to Gypsies. Gypsies are also known as Roma and live predominantly in Europe.  full story

Commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Discrimination

EU, 14.3.2007 9:37, (ERIO) The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights presents its compliments to non-governmental organizations and would like to invite them to the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The theme for this year's commemoration is Racism and Discrimination - Obstacles to Development.  full story

Promoting access to justice and social inclusion for Roma, Gypsies and Travellers

EU, 14.3.2007 9:36, (ERIO) A project funded by the European Commission Community Action Programme to Combat Discrimination 2004 - 2006The final report for the Traveller and Roma Action for the Implementation of Legal and Equality Rights (TRAILER) project, which took place between 2004- 2006, is now available on-line, on the website of European Dialogue, www.europeandialogue.org.  full story

ERIO takes part in policy seminar on migration, integration, social inclusion and anti-discrimination

Brussels, 14.3.2007 9:34, (ERIO) On March 1-2, 2007, ERIO's Executive Director gave a speech at the policy seminar "Realizing Integration" organized by the European Network Against Racism, which took place in Brussels. The purpose of the seminar was to explore the intersections between the anti-discrimination, social inclusion and integration agendas from the perspective of migration, recognizing that these concepts are intrinsically linked. It highlighted practices and lessons learnt from civil society, local and national governments, and the European Union with regard to the integration of migrants. Four workshops were introduced to the seminar including Consultation with civil society, Participation, The Human Rights Approach and Mainstreaming Equality.  full story

ERIO's Executive Director appointed as an EU Jury member of the “For Diversity. Against Discrimination" EU Journalist Award 2006

EU, 14.3.2007 9:33, (ERIO) The “For Diversity. Against Discrimination " EU Journalist Award 2006 will be awarded to journalists whose work contributes to a better public understanding of the benefits of diversity and the fight against discrimination, especially on the grounds of racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, age, disability and sexual orientation.  full story

Slovak Interior Ministry fails to curb racism-activists

Bratislava, 13.3.2007 15:47, (CTK) The Slovak Interior Ministry does not sufficiently fight against extremism, activists from the People Against Racism civic group told journalists today.However, the Interior Ministry argues that its steps are sufficiently resolute and that it is preparing new laws in this field.  full story

PhD Scholarship in London for HRE [deadline 27/3]

London, 13.3.2007 11:00, (Roma Network/ROMEA) We are looking for an excellent candidate able to complete a University of London PhD for a research project entitled: Development NGOs and humanrights education.You will be based in London and supervised by Dr Hugh Starkey, Institute of Education and Professor John Annette, Birkbeck College co-directors of theInternational Centre for Education for Democratic Citizenship (ICEDC).  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

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