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Gypsies, Roma and Travellers – an Interfaith Roundtable

Today René Cassin held an Interfaith Roundtable on Gypsies, Roma and Travellers.  This brought together activists, professionals, academics and faith representatives to discuss various ways in which these communities face discrimination or disadvantage, both in the UK and in Europe – these include lower life expectancy, poorer educational attainment, stigmatisation by the media, forced adoption, […]

Himmler’s plans for a “human zoo”

The excellent historical twitter feed WW2 Tweets from 1943 focuses on the Nazis’ plans for Germany’s Roma and Sinti populations. Nazis ordering final extermination of Germany's gypsies: all Roma & Sinti peoples in Reich to be sent to Auschwitz. — WW2 Tweets from 1943 (@RealTimeWWII) January 29, 2015 Himmler, head of SS, has asked […]

The Roma Holocaust: Remembrance and trivialisation

As Europe’s Roma mark the 70th anniversary of the Porrajmos (Roma Holocaust), elected politicians in both Hungary and the Czech Republic have belittled their suffering. The opposition Socialists have called on Zoltan Balog, minister for human resources, to resign over his recent remarks concerning the Roma Holocaust. Deputy head of parliament’s cultural committee, Agnes Kunhalmi […]

A People Uncounted

A documentary film, A People Uncounted, traces the history of the Roma people in Europe with a focus on the still under-researched and under-reported genocide they suffered (along with the Jews) during World War II. In an interview with NPR, the director Aaron Yeger said: [T]here are even cases of Roma who became friends with […]

The Hungarian government supports school segregation for Roma

Cross-posted by Eva S. Balogh at Hungarian Spectrum A couple of days ago I noticed a short news item in entitled “Hungary criticizes EU Commission’s ‘lack of flexibility’ on Roma policies.” Zoltán Balog, minister of human resources, who represented Hungary at the meeting of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), wants flexibility in […]

Jobbik’s leader in the UK

Today Hope not Hate has expressed their disappointment over Theresa May’s decision not to ban Gábor Vona from the UK: Sadly it seems as though the Home Secretary Theresa May has failed to ban the noted extremist leader, Gábor Vona, from the shores of the UK. ‘That he should be arriving on the eve of […]

Anti-Roma hysteria watch

Despite the “Gypsy kidnapping” scare stories, it turns out that the blond girl who was discovered living with a dark-skinned Roma family in Greece is the daughter of a Bulgarian Roma woman who says she gave the child away because she was too poor to care for her.

Hungarian police won’t act on anti-Roma attack or on call to deport Jews

At Hungarian Spectrum, Eva S. Balogh reports examples of Hungarian authorities’ current thinking when it comes to hate speech and incitement against minorities: She cites an article in The Economist about an August 2012 march in the town of Devecser, a victim of the red sludge that covered acres and acres of land around a […]

Roma database in Sweden

This news story reminded me of a post I wrote back in 2010 about a secret (and illegal) French Roma database: Sweden’s police have been severely criticized for compiling a secret, illegal registry of more than 4,000 Roma, including children. In a country known for human rights, ethnic equality and strict adherence to the rule […]

Violence and arrests at anti-Roma marches in the Czech Republic

Anti-Roma marches in the Czech Republic have been marked by the use of tear gas by the police, and it is reported that around 100 people have been arrested.  In Ostrava and Ceske Budejovice demonstrators tried to reach areas with large Roma populations, adding to the tensions. The upsurge in anti-Roma feeling may partly have […]