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Slovakia: Two-day meeting of V4 presidents was to cover Romani community issues, among other matters

15.10.2018 11:47 On 11 October a two-day meeting began in the High Tatras of Slovakia between the presidents of four Central European countries comprising the so-called Visegrád Four (V4). The traditional summit between the presidents of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia was hosted by Slovak President Andrej Kiska, whose country is now presiding over the V4.  full story

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Czech police officer claims to have filmed journalists "staging" migrants drowning, his superiors see nothing wrong with that

15.10.2018 10:54 Czech Police officer Marek Chrastina of Šumperk, Czech Republic, went to Crete on vacation in July and filmed a video on the beach there which he shared through online social networks. The footage went viral mainly by being reposted through Czech-language anti-immigrant, disinformation websites.  full story

Sweden: Pippi Longstocking gets a rewrite, this time as a Romani girl

15.10.2018 9:15 Most of us know the children's stories about Pippi Longstocking by the Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. The little girl with braids and freckles who has exceptional abilities for her age and whose buccaneer father is always at sea moves into a quiet, small Swedish town, where she lives alone in her own house with her horse and her monkey.  full story

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Czechoslovakia launched the forced resettlement of Romani people 53 years ago

14.10.2018 7:19 Fifty-three years ago, communist Czechoslovakia adopted a resolution that began one of its many failed social experiments implemented as part of attempts to assimilate Romani people, the so-called "policy of organized dispersion". The aim of Resolution No. 502, dated 13 October 1965, was meant to be, above all, the "destruction of undesirable concentrations of the gypsy population", i.e., primarily settlements in eastern Slovakia, but also those housing developments or steets in industrial cities where mostly Romani people lived.  full story

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Czech Youth Olympics team has its first medal - Romani community can be proud of the record-setting performance too

12.10.2018 9:26 The first medal for the Czech team at the Buenos Aires 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games was won during the very first day of competition by weightlifter
František Polák, who came in third in the Men's 56 kg category. On his way to the bronze medal he broke three Czech junior records.  full story

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Czech capital to see seminar on stereotypes in the photographic depictions of Jewish and Romani people

8.10.2018 20:15 On Monday, 15 October, an international seminar about stereotypical depictions of Jewish and Romani people in photography will be held in Prague. The event will involve an historical review as well as the presentation of two unique art projects that have recently been produced on this subject.  full story

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videoMEP Soraya Post supports Romani photo campaign responding to Czech President's antigypsyist remarks

5.10.2018 10:52 Czech President Zeman's antigypsyist remarks from last week continue to resonate at all levels of political life. MEP Soraya Post of Sweden has tweeted her support of the photo campaign initiated by Romani community member Štefan Pongo and the ROMEA organization in response to Zeman's remarks.  full story

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International journalism conference: Media consumers today are more like sports fans

5.10.2018 8:25 The modern hall of the library at the University of Warsaw is full; approximately 150 journalists from 28 countries are sitting here and their debate confirms that many of the problems both journalism and society are currently undergoing are similar whether one is the eastern or the western parts of Europe. The only Czech participant there is the HlídacíPes.org ("Watchdog") media outlet, a partner of the conference put together by the German organization "N-ost".  full story

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Europe's Romani community asked to nominate films for AKE DIKHEA? festival, DEADLINE 15 OCTOBER

3.10.2018 12:07 From 6 - 10 December 2018 the second annual AKE DIKHEA? Romani Film Festival will take place in Berlin, Germany. Organizers are calling on the public to nominate films that Romani viewers identify with.  full story

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USA: Four racists arrested over last year's violence in Charlottesville

3.10.2018 11:11 Reuters reports that yesterday the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the United States arrested four radical adherents of white supremacy who participated in last year's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Those arrested are members of an antisemitic, racist movement and were among the most violent participants in last year's clash with those opposed to racism that directly resulted in the death of one person and dozens of injuries.  full story

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Disagree with the Czech President's antigypsyism? ERRC makes it easy to email him

2.10.2018 15:48 The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) has sent an open letter to the President of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman, condemning his most recent hate speech about his fellow citizens who are Romani. News server Romea.cz is publishing the entire letter in Czech translation along with the ERRC's call for people to add their own voices and send the President an e-mail.  full story

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European Roma Rights Centre: Czech President's remarks were antigypsyist hate speech

2.10.2018 8:31 Yesterday the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) sent an open letter addressed to Czech President Zeman and objecting to recent comments he made about Romani people when he was speaking last week in the Olomouc Region - Zeman alleged that exactly the Romani residents of the particular community he was visiting constitute their population of unemployed people, which the ERRC believes was a racist characterization. Zeman went on to allege that during the communist regime, Romani people "had to work" and were imprisoned if they refused to do so.  full story

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Slovak PM on Romani settlements: Incentivize employment, no tolerance for disorder

24.9.2018 7:48 News server WebNoviny.sk has reported that at last week's cabinet session in the town of Svidník, Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini said he does not intend to tolerate disorder in the country's Romani-inhabited settlements. The PM is demanding proposals from cabinet ministers on how to ensure security and uphold order and what he called "decent behavior" in the settlements.  full story

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Russian social network blocks "Miss Hitler" beauty contest after Israeli media contact

22.9.2018 9:56 The news server timesofisrael.com reports that Russia's online social network Vkontakte (VK), which is similar to the US-based social network Facebook, has blocked a page dedicated to Adolf Hitler that was hosting an online beauty competition called "Miss Hitler". Hundreds of people voted online in the contest and, according to the Hadashot television station in Israel, it was participated in by contestants from Germany, Italy, Russia and the  full story

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Slovakia now has an MP from the Romani minority, Štefan Vavrek

19.9.2018 9:14 Wire services report that Slovakia's unicameral legislature has just seated a new MP. After MP Edita Pfundtnerová (Most-Híd) relinquished her seat in order to become a state secretary at the Justice Ministry, Romani community member Štefan Vavrek has now replaced her.  full story

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Romani Rose: Society must condemn antigypsyism just as it condemns antisemitism

13.9.2018 11:09 Romani Rose comes from a well-respected Sinti family in Germany. During the Second World War, 13 of his relatives died in the concentration camps and others survived forced labor, imprisonment, life in illegality and being subjected to medical experiments, later giving testimony about their suffering.  full story

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The bells in Ukraine are tolling for the Roma

13.9.2018 10:30 Bloody pogroms and systematic human rights violations committed by members of state-tolerated extremist organizations against Romani encampments have sparked an exceptionally strong reaction recently from international institutions and politicians. These figures are calling on Kyiv to make these racist groups illegal and to take strong action against them.  full story

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Slovakia: Girl from impoverished Romani family wins race running in flats

8.9.2018 7:08 Annamárie Horváthová, a pupil from an impoverished Romani family, has drawn attention and expressions of sympathy from the public in Slovakia after winning a race in which, unlike her competitors, she was wearing just flats. A co-organizer of the competition has found a sponsor who has now given the girl new running shoes and socks.  full story

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Slovakia: Chair of neo-Nazi party indicted for using Nazi symbols on checks

14.8.2018 6:05 Marian Kotleba, chair of the extremist, neo-Nazi, right-wing "People's Party Our Slovakia" (Ľudová strana Naše Slovensko - LSNS) is under indictment. Last year he gave checks bearing neo-Nazi symbols to three families in Banská Bystrica.  full story

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German Police find right-wing extremists' list of 25 000 "enemies"

8.8.2018 6:01 Deutsche-Presse Agentur (DPA) reported last week that the German Police found a list with the names of 25 000 persons considered political enemies by right-wing extremists during an anti-terrorist raid in the northeast of the country last year. The news was revealed in a response given by the German Justice Ministry to a query posed by an MP in the Federal Assembly.  full story

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