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Commentary: Invisible Romani victims and an anti-Muslim crusade

Prague, 28.1.2015 21:47, (ROMEA) This year's anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz seemed like a delayed whipping up of a call to arms. The alarm was sounded without a clear enemy.  full story

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Slovakia: Local Romani councilors give up their remuneration

Kamenná Poruba, Slovak Republic, 26.1.2015 0:53, (ROMEA) Five newly-elected local councilors from the Romani Coalition Party (Strana romské koalice - SRK) in the town of Kamenná Poruba (Vranov nad Topľou district) have surprised the public by giving up their remuneration. The councilors will perform their roles on the local council completely free of charge.  full story

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Czech Republic: Hundreds of illegally sterilized women will probably be compensated

Prague, 14.1.2015 17:09, (ROMEA) The victims of illegal sterilizations could be compensated as much as CZK 300 000 (EUR 10 000) in the coming years. Those who did not give their informed consent to such an operation prior to undergoing it would be eligible for compensation.  full story

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Young Roma at OSCE conference: We must increase our participation in public life

Belgrade, 8.1.2015 22:45, (ROMEA) More than 40 young activists across the OSCE region gathered on 8 and 9 December 2014 in Belgrade for a Conference on Roma and Sinti Youth. The meeting was organized by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and reviewed the opportunities for mobilizing and strengthening communities and galvanizing their participation in politics and decision-making processes.  full story

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Parallel worlds: The life of Romani people in Norway

Prague, 29.12.2014 21:59, (ROMEA) "There probably does not exist any other group against which Norwegians harbor more prejudice," says Balder Hasvoll, the Romani Minority Adviser to the Norwegian capital of Oslo. News server Romea.cz is interviewing him in Czech, as he has both studied and worked in the Czech Republic.  full story

Pope Francis wishes hope and peace for Romani families in Italy

Rome, 22.12.2014 21:38, (ROMEA) Speaking on Sunday 14 December during a pastoral visit to the parish of Saint Joseph in the Aurelia quarter of Rome, Pope Francis met with children, with the families of children baptized this year, with the ill, with Romani people and with youth. The Pope received the faithful in the confessional, where he administered the sacrament of reconciliation.  full story

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Slovakia: Romani journalist accuses those involved in the Romani issue of careerism

Prague, 9.12.2014 5:48, (ROMEA) "We must immediately stop holding these absurd conferences about Romani people in expensive luxury hotels," says Denisa Havrľová in an interview for the Slovak independent news server projektn.sk. The documentary filmmaker and journalist was once the Editor-in-Chief of the Romani newspaper Romano nevo ľil and works today as a video editor for the Press Agency of the Slovak Republic (Tisková agentury Slovenské republiky - TASR).  full story

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Czech Republic: More than 40 % of Romani children do not attend preschool

Prague, 14.11.2014 20:14, (ROMEA) A large proportion of children from socially excluded localities do not attend preschool, which has a fundamental influence on their lack of success in primary school. This increases the probability that these children will be recommended for placement into special education, newly termed the "practical schools", where their chances at education and at finding good jobs as adults come to an end.  full story

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Czech court rules that incitement to lynching is a felony

Prague, 13.11.2014 0:25, (ROMEA) Last Thursday the Prague Municipal Court reviewed the appeal of politician Otto Chaloupka against his conviction by the Prague 1 District Court for inciting hatred against an ethnic group. He had been sentenced at the start of September to six months' probation.  full story

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Czech Republic: Academic appointment sparks international protest

Prague, 10.10.2014 23:12, (ROMEA) As of 1 October, Doc., PhDr. Marek Jakoubek, PhD, an anthropologist and internal instructor at the Anthropology Department of the Philosophy Faculty of the University of West Bohemia in Plzeň, has taken the helm of the Institute of Ethnology at the Philosophy Faculty of Charles University in Prague. Docent Jakoubek was named to the position by the Dean of the Philosophy Faculty of Charles University in Prague, Doc. Mirjam Friedová, at the recommendation of an independent commission.  full story

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Czech NGO's hands tied on hopeless situation of Romani migrants from Slovakia

Prague, 30.9.2014 20:34, (ROMEA) In recent weeks the field social workers at the Prague branch of the People in Need association have been confronted with the desperate situations of Romani people from Slovakia who, in fear for their lives, decided to leave their home country with the unclear notion that they might find assistance in Prague. The following is a description of a dramatic two days in the life of the Prague branch of that NGO, as described by one of its social workers.  full story

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Vienna names square after Romani celebrity

Vienna, Austria, European Union, 28.9.2014 2:08, (ROMEA) Earlier this month a square in the Viennese quarter of Neubau was named after one of its celebrated, recently deceased residents, Ceija Stojka. A Romani woman, Ms Stojka survived three concentration camps, lived a travelling lifestyle for years after the war, and made her living as a carpet seller.  full story

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Problems of a Czech city: Aging populations, debt, depopulation, ghettos, not enough work, residential hotels

Ostrava, 28.9.2014 0:30, (ROMEA) The Czech city of Ostrava has several problems, which means deciding which are the most serious is not easy. Certainly problems with socially excluded localities and the rising number of residential hotels housing the most impoverished people are at the top of the list.  full story

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ROMEA holding training to improve image of Roma in the media

Prague, 26.9.2014 20:31, (ROMEA) ROMEA, o.p.s., in collaboration with the College of Media and Journalism in Prague (Vyšší odborná škola publicistiky), is holding a media training focused on practical skills for communicating with various kinds of media. The training will be given by professional journalists Roman Bradáč and Václav Sochor.  full story

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Czech EdMin protests Brussels' criticism, AI confirms Roma are discriminated

Brussels/Prague, 26.9.2014 18:35, (ROMEA) New requirements from the European Commission regarding the education of Romani children in the Czech Republic have prompted a great outcry. Both the Czech Education Ministry and several NGOs that have long been involved in the problem have responded to the news.  full story

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Interview with REF grantee Filip Sivák: The world is not a story of good and evil

Prague, 25.9.2014 0:06, (ROMEA) This year Filip Sivák represented the Czech Republic in the Social Enterprise Summer School in the USA as part of a scholarship program funded by the American and Czech governments. This winter he will resume his Bachelor's studies at the Electrical Engineering Faculty of the Czech Technical University in Prague.  full story

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Czech Republic: Romani candidates establish movement for local elections

Trmice, 23.9.2014 17:05, (ROMEA) A group of local Romani residents of Trmice (Ústí Region) has decided to change the place where they were born, live and work. They have put together a list of independent candidates for this year's municipal elections, the Together for Trmice (Independent Vote) movement (Společně pro Trmice (Nezávislá volba), which is running under number 10.  full story

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Slovakia: International conference on the Romani issue

Bratislava, Slovakia, 18.9.2014 19:49, (ROMEA) Roughly 130 experts from several continents have come to Bratislava to discuss the Romani issue. Those invited include guests from Argentina, Brazil and the USA.  full story

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Interview with Romani psychologist Andrea Tibenská

Hradec Králové, 16.9.2014 19:06, (ROMEA) ANDREA TIBENSKÁ is from the town of Prievidza in Western Slovakia. She works as a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist at the Psychiatric Clinic of the Teaching Hospital in Hradec Králové, Czech Republic.  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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