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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 that physical traits are worthless predictors.

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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 BBC reports.

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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

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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 life results in tension and spitefulness towards the Roma, a vulnerable group that becomes an easy target for assaults.

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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 to the Czech News Agency.

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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 of Roma, and even non-Roma.

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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 out the Roma as most likely social group to receive welfare, the analysis proved that 25-year-old people are actually the most numerous of this kind

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“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 at a convenient price. He stumbled upon one sold for a very low price which made the deal seem a bit suspicious. However, what really got our attention

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Slovak police commandos might be using Roma communities for intervention drills

Slovak police commandos might be using Roma communities for intervention drills

By • on April 12, 2013

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

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

By • on March 25, 2013

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 Insight reports.

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