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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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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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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 first moment you meet them. They have excellent results in school when their families move abroad. Furthermore, they achieve that in a foreign language

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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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Fits and Starts

Fits and Starts

By • on April 5, 2013

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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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

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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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