Slovakia

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

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

By • on February 26, 2013

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 organizations: Roma Media Center (MECEM), Roma newspaper Romano nevo lil and Gipsy Television.   I

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

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

By • on January 14, 2013

“There were supposed to be several ends of the world, none of which I believed in, but this time I am really afraid that it can come because of some natural disaster. So I will be as prepared as I can,”

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