Archive for 'Roma'
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 Holocaust [...]
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.
Posted: October 25th, 2013 under Roma.
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 factory [...]
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 of law, [...]
Posted: September 23rd, 2013 under Roma.
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 been [...]
Posted: August 25th, 2013 under Roma.
This new amendment, proposed by two National Liberal Party deputies, has caused understandable concern, particularly amongst those who campaign for the rights of Roma.
NGOs in Romania are demanding the rejection of a proposed amendment to the Constitution that would limit the rights of minorities in the country to deem themselves “Romanian” unless they can “scientifically [...]
Posted: June 15th, 2013 under Roma.
The Slovakian Supreme Court recently ruled that election materials produced by a far right party back in 2009 did not constitute racist defamation against the country’s Roma. It isn’t surprising that the logic used by the Court has dismayed many.
The case emerged in 2009 when Kotleba ran as an independent candidate for the post of [...]
Posted: May 30th, 2013 under Roma.
Amnesty International has just released a report stating that the EU is not doing enough to combat discrimination against the Roma across its member states. Here is a summary of the situation in just one state, Slovakia:
Public schools remain segregated into Roma and non-Roma classrooms, in spite of a 2012 court decision that ended overt [...]
Posted: April 8th, 2013 under Roma.
Even though this video is produced in the Hungarian language, it is worth a glance for a reminder that while the Roma population in Eastern Europe remains largely trapped in poverty, a new generation of urban, educated and politically aware young Roma are emerging. Thankfully.
They will need the solidarity and assistance of friends internationally if [...]
“A significant portion of the Gypsies are unfit for coexistence. Not fit to live among human beings. These people are animals and behave like animals. … From his animal skull only inarticulate sounds come out and the only thing he understands is brute force… This must be solved, immediately and in any way.”