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Positive role models

Positive role models

By • on March 18, 2013

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 studying after completing elementary school. Later on, they would attend the agricultural school in Čaklov or the forestry school in Vranov nad Topľov,

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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 (The Truth) for a racist article against Roma. The journalist was accused by three organizations defending Roma rights, the Roma Journalists

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In Macedonia, Dividends on Efforts to Keep Roma in School

In Macedonia, Dividends on Efforts to Keep Roma in School

By • on March 4, 2013

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 the importance of integrating Macedonia’s most marginalized community into schools. Certainly,

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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 Republic were able to send the unemployed to take part in unpaid community service work. But this has finally come to an end in December 2012.

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Human rights court rules against Hungary on placement of Roma pupils

Human rights court rules against Hungary on placement of Roma pupils

By • on February 1, 2013

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the placement of two Hungarian Roma in a school for the mentally disabled amounted to discrimination, the

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My home, Roma culture

My home, Roma culture

By • on January 22, 2013

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

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Romanian Roma have three representatives in the Parliament

Romanian Roma have three representatives in the Parliament

By • on December 18, 2012

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 are Nicolae Paun, Madalin Voicu and Damian Draghici. Out of these three, only Nicolae Paun ran as a

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Speaking Their Language

Speaking Their Language

By • on December 5, 2012

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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Breaking down stereotypes of Roma in Moldova

Breaking down stereotypes of Roma in Moldova

By • on November 14, 2012

Too often the world is divided into US vs THEM. This film ”Ca Toţi Oamenii” (“Just Like Everyone”) is meant to tear down these walls and to show that the stereotypes and misconceptions about Roma in Moldova are not true. The film “Just Like Everyone” is a chance

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Cultural Differences and Minority Rights in Turkey

Cultural Differences and Minority Rights in Turkey

By • on November 9, 2012

A guest arriving in Turkey will find a seemingly open, tolerant and colorful society, and won’t probably perceive any of its internal tensions. Tourists train their cameras towards the magnificent mosques of Istanbul, while Muslim believers kneel on their prayer-rugs, and groups of women wearing traditional

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