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Europe’s culture capital builds segregation wall

Europe’s culture capital builds segregation wall

By • on July 26, 2013

The Slovak city of Kosice, one of Europe’s 2013 Capitals of Culture, is building a wall to segregate its Roma community, The Economist writes, noting a trend to justify walling off the Roma by identifying them as a security threat.

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Dark-Skinned Danger

Dark-Skinned Danger

By • on February 24, 2014

A police-issued coloring book teaches Czech children a lesson about adults’ fears. What does a pedophile look like? Usually he’s a man, but beyond

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Romanian president fined for anti-Roma slurs

Romanian president fined for anti-Roma slurs

By • on February 17, 2014

Romania’s president, Traian Basescu, has been fined 600 lei ($183) for making derogatory comments about Romani people, the

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All Roma need is work and respect in order to change their lifestyles

All Roma need is work and respect in order to change their lifestyles

By • on July 15, 2013

We are living in times of the financial crisis and high unemployment, when racism and xenophobia are widespread. The lack of financial resources for everyday

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A First in History

A First in History

By • on July 8, 2013

KONAK, Serbia | Stefan Radu is no longer a student at the Vuk Karadzic primary school in the tiny village of Konak in northeastern Serbia. Unlike so many

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Culture

A Seat in the Back Row

A Seat in the Back Row

By • on June 28, 2013

“A Seat in the Back Row” (the original Italian title being “C’è posto all’ultimo banco”) is a story about twenty years of providing education

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Education

Roma children studying in foreign schools have excellent results

Roma children studying in foreign schools have excellent results

By • on June 7, 2013

Roma children are intelligent and diligent, but they also need a lot of attention and trust instead of discrimination, they need to feel trusted from the

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Events

Roma representatives from 5 countries work to promote Roma rights

Roma representatives from 5 countries work to promote Roma rights

By • on May 14, 2013

Roma parliamentary representatives from Serbia, Macedonia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Croatia have signed a declaration about a collaboration on the enforcement

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Violence erupts at Czech anti-Roma rally

Violence erupts at Czech anti-Roma rally

By • on July 2, 2013

A weekend rally in a largely Roma neighborhood in the southern Czech city of Ceske Budejovice turned violent and forced the police to intervene, according

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Health

Roma slowly let go of food habits brought from India

Roma slowly let go of food habits brought from India

By • on October 8, 2012

Until recently, a Roma man would not eat leftovers from the previous day. In other words, he would not touch food left from a previous meal, and the woman

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History

Video: Tolstoievsky From Sălăjan

Video: Tolstoievsky From Sălăjan

By • on September 5, 2012

A book vendor in Bucharest talks about his life and how business is not as good now as it once was during Communist times.

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Human rights

Slovakian Supreme Court legalizes defamation of Roma

Slovakian Supreme Court legalizes defamation of Roma

By • on May 28, 2013

It may seem unbelievable, but it is true. Even more, this could be a European precedent that will have far-reaching consequences for the social standing

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Integration

“I will not sell a car to a Roma”

“I will not sell a car to a Roma”

By • on April 29, 2013

This is an ad I saw two weeks ago on some Czech website selling used cars. My boyfriend was surfing the web in order to find a second-hand transit van

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Media

The editor-in-chief of a national Romanian newspaper has been fined for racism

The editor-in-chief of a national Romanian newspaper has been fined for racism

By • on March 8, 2013

Romanian National Council for Combating Discrimination (CNCD) decided to sanction Grigore Cartianu,the editor-in-chief of the national newspaper Adevarul

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Opportunities

The end of compulsory work in the Czech Republic

The end of compulsory work in the Czech Republic

By • on February 6, 2013

Until the end of November 2012, employment offices in the Czech

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Politics

Roma leaders accuse the Romanian government of holding back the budget for Roma

Roma leaders accuse the Romanian government of holding back the budget for Roma

By • on March 21, 2013

Roma parliamentary representative Nicolae Paun, and the traditional

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Society

A confirmation that Slovak Roma only receive a small part of the country’s social welfare

A confirmation that Slovak Roma only receive a small part of the country’s social welfare

By • on May 22, 2013

The World Bank and the Slovak Social Insurance have issued a 2013 report on the demographics of state aid beneficiaries. Although most people would point

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Slovak police commandos might be using Roma communities for intervention drills

It is well known that Slovak police interventions in Roma communities are often brutal and unlawful. We can even say that Roma communities serve like real training grounds for the police commandos. ...

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Fits and Starts

A high-profile court case, angry parents at the schoolroom door, and quiet, persistent efforts tell the story of Roma integration in Croatia’s schools. ...

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Charges fly over Skopje mall company’s purported anti-Roma memo

A row has erupted over a memo in which the managers of a Skopje mall purportedly ordered that Roma employees be fired from the food court, Balkan...

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Positive role models

Ondavské Matiašovce is a beautiful small village in east Slovakia, the place where I was born and where I have lived until recently. I remember that, back in my day, all girls and boys would continue...

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In Macedonia, Dividends on Efforts to Keep Roma in School

SKOPJE | Ramush Muarem, a prominent Romani journalist in Macedonia, remembers the resistance civil society activists encountered from Roma when, in the mid-1990s, they began trying to raise awareness of...

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The newly created Slovak Association of European Roma media welcomes Roma media outlets willing to join

The association was established in February 2013 and, as previously said, it is open to every Roma media in Europe interested to join. This informal association was created by the three Slovak Roma media...

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Human rights court rules against Hungary on placement of Roma pupils

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the placement of two Hungarian Roma in a school for the mentally...

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My home, Roma culture

A Hungarian musician finds his home in Roma music and traditions. ...

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Přednádraží Still Stands: Czech Roma Community Resists Evictions

In August 2012, the Ostrava City Hall issued a 24-hour eviction order to the owner of the 11 buildings at Přednádraží, asking him to evict all of the residents, giving as a reason an unsafe condition...

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Extensively promoted in the media, the end of the world also mobilized some Roma

“There were supposed to be several ends of the world, none of which I believed in, but this time I am really...

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Romanian Roma have three representatives in the Parliament

After the general elections held on 9 December 2012, Romania Roma will be represented in the parliament by three ethnic MPs who openly admitted their ethnic origin in the electoral race. The three MPs...

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Speaking Their Language

PODGORICA | Montenegro’s newest effort to keep Roma children in school is happening far from the classroom – and often involves neither student nor teacher. ...

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