8.6.2017 12:42 The grand opening of the activity of the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) took place this morning in Berlin. The opening ceremony was conducted by the Alliance for ERIAC, the Council of Europe, the German Foreign Ministry and the Open Society Foundations. full story
5.6.2017 6:28 A closing gala concert in Prague's SaSaZu club was the high point Saturday to the 19th annual review of Romani culture that is the KHAMORO World Roma Festival. Seven bands and ensembles performed, incuding the Viliam Didiáš cembalom band from the Czech Republic, the Fuego y Fragua flamenco ensemble from Spain, and Parno Graszt from Hungary, and all of the performers came together at midnight to sing the international Romani anthem, "Dželem, dželem". full story
videoCzech Republic: Gipsy.cz 's new song "Hater" draws attention to those who use online social networks to spread hate31.5.2017 7:47 Hating others is a phenomenon of our times that has now become the subject of a music video designed and scripted by Radek Banga, the leader of the Gipsy.cz band. The
entire concept of the song and video is based on actual experiences. full story
29.5.2017 10:54 Last night the KHAMORO Festival of Romani culture began with a concert on Střelecký ostrov (Shooter's Island) in Prague. Singers Monika Bagárová, Jan Bendig, Elis and
Markéta Konvičková performed at the kick-off event, followed by DJ Gadjo.cz.
videoSlovakia: Romani politician says if video of police brutality did not exist, authorities would probably have never investigated28.5.2017 13:19 Peter Pollák, the former Rapporteur to the Government of the Slovak Republic on the Romani Community, said at a press conference on 25 May broadcast through his Facebook page that it is essential that video cameras be made part of police officers' uniforms in order to assess whether officers have used force without grounds. The Romani politician said that four years after promises by Slovak Police Director Tibor Gašpar and Slovak Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák to introduce such video cameras, it has still not happened. full story
28.5.2017 11:54 Yesterday in Chomutov a vigil was held to honor the memory of a 34-year-old Romani man who was shot dead at about 3 AM. The suspected shooter was arrested by police at
the scene and today it is anticipated that his criminal prosecution will begin and that a motion will be filed to remand him into custody on suspicion of murder. full story
videoCzech Republic: Non-Romani man shouts racial abuse at 34-year-old Romani man before shooting him dead27.5.2017 21:01 Czech Police spokesperson Daniel Vítek told the Czech News Agency today that in the early morning hours today in Chomutov, Czech Republic a 34-year-old Romani man died as a result of being shot. Police officers arrested the suspected shooter at the scene. full story
24.5.2017 20:31 The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) has published video footage capturing a brutal intervention by Slovak police officers in Zborov (Bardejov district) that happened during the early evening of 16 April 2017, when police were called to address a shoving match among Romani residents. Several officers attack children using their truncheons and one brutally pushes an elderly woman who is standing aside peacefully, pushing her to the ground.
20.5.2017 10:48 Vanda Durbáková, an attorney working with the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Slovakia, considers the recent acquittal of the police officers who abused Romani boys at a police station and were captured on film doing so to be illegal. "The District Court has just reiterated its decision of February 2015," the attorney said. full story
20.5.2017 7:32 The biggest Romani festival in the world, KHAMORO, has launched its video advertisement this year, which features shots of the atmosphere of the event from previous years. The musical selections have been done by festival producer Džemil Silajdžić. full story
15.5.2017 7:19 Joci Pápai, the 35-year-old Romani singer representing Hungary, made it to the final round of the international Eurovision Song Contest, which was held this year in Kiev, Ukraine. The singer performed the song "Origo", which combines hip hop and traditional Romani music, during the second semifinal on 11 May. full story
videoOpening remarks at commemoration quote Romani genocide survivor: "There's a pig farm at Lety. How could they allow that?"13.5.2017 20:57 The traditional commemorative ceremony at Lety u Písku was opened today at 12 noon by Čeněk Růžička, the chair of the Committee for the Redress of the Roma Holocaust
(Výbor pro odškodnění romského holocaustu - VPORH). In his opening remarks he reminded those assembled of the fate of the Roma and Sinti during the Second World War by
recalling the story of one of them, which news server Romea.cz publishes here in full translation. full story
videoFULL VIDEO: Commemorative ceremony honoring the memory of the Romani victims of the Holocaust at Lety u Písku13.5.2017 19:40 The traditional commemorative ceremony honoring the memory of the Romani victims of the Holocaust was held today at Lety u Písku, Czech Republic. The ceremony was organized by the Committee for the Redress of the Roma Holocaust (Výbor pro odškodnění romského holokaustu - VPORH), which brings together the former prisoners of Nazi camps and their family members. full story
videoEuropean Grassroots Antiracist Movement postpones involvement by internationals in Lety commemoration4.5.2017 12:23 Romani people from all over Europe who were planning to attend the commemorative ceremony on 13 May at Lety u Písku to honor the memory of the Romani victims of the
Holocaust are reportedly postponing their visit until 24 June. The announcement of the Czech Government that it plans to resign is the reason given for the decision by Benjamin Abtan, head of the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement (EGAM), who originally planned to bring MEPs and MPs to the annual ceremony on 13 May. full story
video VIDEO: How did Romani people live in the Czech lands before they were sent to concentration camps? Exhibition "A Vanished World" in Prague shows how3.5.2017 16:35 The travelling exhibition "A Vanished World" (Zaniklý svět), about the indigenous Czech Roma and Sinti people during the interwar period, has been prepared by the Committee for the Redress of the Roma Holocaust (Výbor pro odškodnění romského holocaustu - VPORH) and will be on display in Prague between now and October. Through rare archival materials and photographs from that era, the exhibition presents the lives of Roma and Sinti people in the Czech lands prior to their imprisonment in the Nazi concentration camps. full story
2.5.2017 7:21 Yesterday neo-Nazi adherents assembled on náměstí Svobody (Freedom Square) in Brno, the second-biggest city in the Czech Republic, for their 1 May march. Those opposed
to them outnumbered them on the scene and were there to dance and drum. full story
videoGabriela Hrabaňová: We need to discuss Romani integration with MEPs to promote our approaches at EU level28.4.2017 10:33 At the close of March and start of April, on the occasion of International Romani Day, the second-ever EU Roma Week took place at the European Parliament in Brussels. Approximately 200 representatives of civil society and public institutions attended a series of events dedicated to the integration of Romani people in Europe.
9.4.2017 12:22 Prague's La Fabrika club was the location last night of a gala celebration for this year's International Romani Day that was streamed live online by Romea.cz. Czech and Romani circus artists and musicians performed together. full story
videoCzech presidential candidate Michal Horáček on International Romani Day: Believe in yourselves, go for your dreams8.4.2017 11:06 On the occasion of International Romani Day, Czech presidential candidate Michal Horáček has sent Romani a video message online. "I would like to send this message to
Romani people on their 8 April holiday: Be happy in this world and believe in yourselves." full story
8.4.2017 10:44 A discussion marking International Romani Day took place at the European Parliament yesterday. "This day is a particular opportunity to recall that we are a union of values in the European Union, and we need to look at events all around the world, it's important to us what happens with minorities around the world and others who may happen to think differently, and it's important to define those values clearly," the moderator began the session.