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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 of Roma rights at a national and local level. 

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Anti-Roma feelings are increasing, and nobody cares

Anti-Roma feelings are increasing, and nobody cares

By • on November 23, 2012

Six months ago when I was in the USA on an exchange program the organizers asked me to talk about Roma issues. I decided to organize the presentation as photos accompanied by captions providing the context. “Anti-Roma

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The world through the Third Eye of photography

The world through the Third Eye of photography

By • on October 15, 2012

Elle Ivanova Ellie Ivanova: “Some deeply ingrained stereotypes still exist today in Bulgarian society because of a lack of contacts and familiarity. Things will be different once everybody in Bulgaria has a

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France flies out another batch of Romanian Roma

France flies out another batch of Romanian Roma

By • on August 15, 2012

Rights groups reacted angrily to the closure of several Roma camps in France, accusing President Francois Hollande of backtracking on a pledge to discontinue harsh measures against Romanian and Bulgarian Roma practiced by his predecessor Nicholas Sarkozy.

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To Borrow Love

To Borrow Love

Foster mothers in Bulgaria share their stories

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The impact of Roma votes: good, but far from decisive

The impact of Roma votes: good, but far from decisive

By • on July 12, 2012

Choice is a fundamental right and also engagement of every citizen that lives within a democratic political system. In its turn, democracy is the responsibility every citizen; it is like human organism that needs food, water and nurture in order to have a good metabolism. A desire for  democracy, however,

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Roma Day is a time for reflection and respect, not for changes of rhetoric

Roma Day is a time for reflection and respect, not for changes of rhetoric

By • on May 23, 2012

“Cursed be he who ever and somehow said that Gypsies are happy and carefree people”, this is how the book “Heavy tears“ by Gospodin Kolev begins. Gospodin Kolev is the only Roma who used to be a member of the Central congress of the Bulgarian communist party. Kolev is not alive anymore,

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My date with Secretary Clinton

My date with Secretary Clinton

By • on March 6, 2012

In anticipation of a weekend in the countryside, and the idea of sitting inside in a warm place, I got a call from the Embassy of U.S.A . „Hello! How are you? Do you want to participate in a meeting organized this Sunday?”, somebody asked me. I know His Excellencies James B. Warlick thanks to the

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Journalists and the Media need improvement, according to Bulgarian Roma students

Journalists and the Media need improvement, according to Bulgarian Roma students

By • on January 10, 2012

Between August 2010 and February 2011, a group of ten Bulgarian Roma students monitored ten national and local newspapers and electronic media outlets and analysed the way these write about Roma. They subsequently presented their report and main findings in September and October at public events

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An American Roma comes home

An American Roma comes home

By • on October 1, 2011

One sunny day,  I was walking around the Roma neighbourhood ‘Iztok’ (East) in the town of Kiustendil. I sat down in the shade of a large parasol at a street cafe to cool down with some cold lemonade – something every child dreamed of 10 years ago. As always, the oddest things in life can come

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