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Hungary: Roma Press Center launches ironic campaign against police abuse featuring leading actors

27.4.2016 16:19 The people who can least afford it frequently become the victims of absurd police interventions in Hungary. The Roma Press Center (RSK) was led by its own experience and that idea to the following inspiration: With the aid of volunteers, they have collected the stories of specific interactions with the police and held a public contest for the most absurd police measure.  full story

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videoCzech Republic: NGO campaign draws attention to anti-Romani prejudice

2.4.2016 20:43 A new campaign against prejudice toward Romani people has been launched in the Czech Republic to mark International Romani Day this year by the ARA ART organization. The campaign is called #PrayForPrej and one of its main ideas is that Romani people do not live according to prejudiced expectations, but fully participate in Czech society, and people should not believe the lies disseminated about them.  full story

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Czech foundation says tabloid is bolstering media hysteria about school reforms

23.2.2016 18:15 According to a survey performed for the tabloid daily Blesk in the Czech Republic by the SANEP agency, a large proportion of people are concerned about and disagree with upcoming changes that mean children with special educational needs will be educated together with other children in the same schools. According to Blesk, more than 90 % of a representative sample of more than 2 000 people believe the change will worsen the level of education in the country, while less than 10 % believe it will improve education.  full story

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Czech broadcasting board criticizes TV NOVA for promoting anti-hate campaign

25.7.2015 3:12 News server Mediář, which reports on the Czech media, has broken the news that the Czech Council for Radio and Television Broadcasting (RRTV) is criticizing the TV NOVA station for disproportionately emphasizing a "product", namely, the HateFree sticker that business owners can put in their windows, specifically as part of its series "Ulice" ("The Street"). The HateFree project, which is managed by the Czech Government Agency for Social Inclusion, has purchased an advertising package of broadcasting times that include product placement of the campaign within the series and has paid roughly CZK 400 000 [EUR 14 800] for the spots so far.  full story

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Czech Republic: HateFree Culture project refutes online hoaxes about refugees

15.7.2015 16:33 HateFree Culture, a project that is part of the Czech Government's campaign against hate violence and racism, has issued the following press release:  full story

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The European Roma Institute: Frequently Asked Questions

10.6.2015 18:33 The Roma Initiatives Office of the Open Society Foundations, which is one of the founding members of the nascent European Roma Institute (ERI), has released a set of answers to the "Frequently Asked Questions" now circulating about the ERI. The responses were drafted jointly by the Open Society Foundations, the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma Issues of the Council of Europe, and the spokespersons for the Alliance for the European Roma Institute; an abridged version of the text is below and the full paper can be read here.  full story

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Hungary: Mayor tells Roma to adapt or leave in effort to run them out of town

27.5.2015 14:49 Mayor Dávid Janiczak (age 28) of the Hungarian town of Ózd is a member of the ultra-right Jobbik ("Movement for a Better Hungary") party and is allegedly doing his best to throw impoverished people, most of whom are Romani, out of their homes through what are being called "scandalous housing regulations". Bence Tardai of the liberal Dialogue for Hungary party made the claims on 25 May.  full story

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European antiracism campaign uses positive images of Roma

Czech Republic, 31.3.2015 0:02, (ROMEA) Several days ago an original photographic exhibition brought a Europe-wide campaign of several months' duration to a close, a campaign fighting in fresh ways against stereotypes held by majority populations against Romani people. The antiracist media campaign, part of the Roma Matrix project, was created by six partners in five European countries.  full story

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Czech Republic: HateFree Zones combat rising intolerance

Prague, 13.2.2015 0:53, (ROMEA) Places that are open to all irrespective of their ethnicity or other group affiliation can become branded HateFree Zones. The branding is a new activity of the HateFree Culture campaign being run by the Human Rights Section of the Minister for Human Rights, Equal Opportunities and Legislation Jiří Dienstbier (Czech Social Democratic Party - ČSSD).  full story

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Bothered by how the media report on Romani people? ROMEA wants to hear from you

Prague, 29.12.2014 5:41, (ROMEA) "One of the main roles in society's shift toward extremism and radicalization in relation to Romani people is played by the media," says Zdeněk Ryšavý, director of ROMEA, o.p.s. "Ever more frequently, in media of all kinds, we are encountering journalists who report about Romani people superficially, without any knowledge, or without sufficient reflection on the context of a story."  full story

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videoActivists ask Brussels to stop bullying of Romani children in the Czech schools

Brussels/Prague, 8.12.2014 19:19, (ROMEA) The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) has organized a public hearing at the European Parliament tomorrow, Tuesday, 9 December 2014, during which a video campaign by Romani activists Edita Stejskalová, Jolana Šmarhovyčová, Magdalena Karvayová and Miroslav Klempár entitled "Stop calling us gypsies!" will be launched. The campaign draws attention to the Czech Republic's rejection of the European Commission's charges that Romani children continue to be discriminated against in education in the EU Member State.  full story

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Czech candidate assaulted, blames all Roma

Ostrava, 6.10.2014 22:05, (ROMEA) News server iDNES.cz reports that 23-year-old Lukáš Král of Ostrava underwent a traumatic experience last week when he was attacked by an 18-year-old man just before noon at a tram stop and robbed of his mobile phone. Král, a local candidate on the list of the ANO movement, described the incident on Facebook, sparking an emotional, racist discussion.  full story

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ERGO distances itself from wall demolition in Slovakia

Brussels, 19.9.2014 23:07, (ROMEA) Yesterday the European Roma Grassroots Organization Network issued a press release regarding the partial demolition of a segregating wall in Slovakia in which the Brussels-based group distanced itself from the incident. On the night of 9 to 10 September, the wall in the town of Košice was partially demolished by a small group of activists at the same time that an event was being held in the community as part of ERGO's “Wall Free Europe” campaign, which was launched in April and is centered around the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November.  full story

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Czech Gov't tender for anti-hate campaign partially cancelled - no takers

Prague, 18.9.2014 0:58, (ROMEA) The Czech Government Agency for Social Inclusion has had to cancel part of its tender for contractors for a campaign against hate violence and racism. Interest in performing some campaign activities was shown by either just one applicant or by no one.  full story

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Czech Republic: Campaign offers young Roma a guide to the world of finance

Prague, 11.9.2014 17:12, (ROMEA) "Got what it takes?" ("Máš na to?") is the name of a new campaign from the ROMEA organization aiming to assist young Romani people with taking responsibility for themselves and their financial situations. The campaign familiarizes them with the basics of money management and the dangers of the debt trap, offering them useful tips and helping them solve problems.  full story

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Romania: Cif ad campaign gets rid of offensive, racist graffiti

Romania, 14.8.2014 21:54, (ROMEA) The Unilever company, which owns the Cif brand, has contributed to the removal of offensive, racist graffiti in Romania through a new ad campaign. Through a simple mobile application for smart phones, many people have become involved in the effort.  full story

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Germany: More than 100 000 people join "like attack" campaign against neo-Nazism

Hamburg, Germany, 10.6.2014 0:19, (ROMEA) The German organization Laut Gegen Nazis has conducted a "Like Attack" campaign, an untraditional use of social networking to draw attention to the fact that neo-Nazism is not part of the past in Germany but remains a current threat. The campaign has undertaken a "love your enemy" strategy in which promoters of the event flooded the website of a neo-Nazi political party with anti-Nazi slogans and "liked" them.  full story

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