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On 19 April 2009 four men threw Molotov cocktails at the house of a Romani famil...

European Roma Rights Centre - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 6:53pm
On 19 April 2009 four men threw Molotov cocktails at the house of a Romani family in Vítkov, in the Czech Republic, in a racially motivated attack. Three out of nine family members sustained injuries, among them 2-year-old Natálka K. who suffered life-threatening burns on 80% of her body. Natálka and her family have since done all they could to recover from this terrifying event. Yesterday marked Natálka's first day at school. We salute her and her family for their resilience and wish her good luck:

Hodně štěstí a držíme palce! Te avel tuke Bach/Baxt Tuke/ Baxtagor/ Te Ove Bahtali!"

The 2009 attack is included in the ERRC’s report entitled “Imperfect justice: Anti-Roma Violence and Impunity” that focuses on anti-Roma violence in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.
http://www.errc.org/article/imperfect-justice-anti-roma-violence-and-impunity/3826

Here is a Czech language TV report on her first day at school:


Události
www.ceskatelevize.cz
Hlavní zpravodajská relace České televize. Souhrn nejdůležitějších událostí dne v ČR i ve světě.

Many children are beginning the new school year this week. Unfortunately for man...

ERIO European Roma Information Office - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 3:53pm
Many children are beginning the new school year this week. Unfortunately for many Roma children this isn't the case. In most EU countries only 20% of Roma children ever attend primary school compared to 90% of their non-Roma peers. Those who do attend face segregation into “special schools” for children with learning difficulties. The situation is particularly severe for Roma girls where 54% of them drop out of school before the age of 16 compared to 43% of Roma boys, with only 37% of Roma girls continuing their education past the age of 16 compared to half of Roma boys. It should be remembered that Article 14 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights proclaims that everyone has the right to education!


This week is dedicated to the right to water. The UN formally established access...

European Roma Rights Centre - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 2:12pm
This week is dedicated to the right to water. The UN formally established access to safe drinking water and sanitation as a human right in 2010, and the EU has two Directives, the “Drinking Water” (1998) and the “Water Framework” (2000) Directives outlining related obligations. Yet, many member states are still not adequately implementing these, and Roma communities suffer from this disproportionately. A UNDP Regional Roma Survey (2011) estimates that a large proportion of Romani households – in Romania (72%), Moldova (66%), Slovakia (38%), Croatia (35%) and Hungary (30%) - is not connected to piped public water supply.
This week, we will be posting about the right to water and sanitation, and its relevance to Romani people in Europe, look out for more #water #accesstowater


Czech parents don’t want children at school with Romas http://www.praguepost.com...

Roma Virtual Network on fb - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 12:44pm
Czech parents don’t want children at school with Romas
http://www.praguepost.com/czech-news/41288-czech-parents-don-t-want-children-at-school-with-romas


Czech parents don’t want children at school with Romas
www.praguepost.com
Many are concerned about the influx of Romas to towns where ‘ghettos’ are forming

World Water Week was launched yesterday in Stockholm with around 200 organisatio...

European Roma Rights Centre - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 5:19pm
World Water Week was launched yesterday in Stockholm with around 200 organisations and 2,500 participants from around the globe to discuss the most pressing issues around water. The first UN attempt to recognise access to safe drinking water and sanitation as a human right can be dated back to 1970s, and it was finally adopted by a UN Resolution in 2010. The human right to water means that safe drinking water and sanitation should be available, accessible and affordable to all without discrimination, and should be of adequate quality. Nonetheless this right is not guaranteed to all even in Europe, and many of those who continue to suffer from the violation of the right to water and sanitation are marginalised and discriminated Romani communities.

This week, we will be posting about the right to water and sanitation, and its relevance to Romani people in Europe, look out for more in the coming days #water #accesstowater



World Water Week in Stockholm | Stockholm International Water Institute
www.siwi.org
World Water Week is the leading annual global event for concretely addressing the planet’s water issues and related concerns of international development.

Exiled Russian Josef Koudelka travelled across Europe to photograph its Romani p...

Roma Virtual Network on fb - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 1:05pm
Exiled Russian Josef Koudelka travelled across Europe to photograph its Romani people
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/features/exiled-russian-josef-koudelka-travelled-across-europe-to-photograph-its-romani-people-9695716.html


Exiled Russian Josef Koudelka travelled across Europe to photograph its Romani people
www.independent.co.uk
A year after Russian tanks ploughed into Prague in August 1968, Josef Koudelka found himself exiled in London. His photographs of the Soviet-led invasion had been published around the world, and a return to his homeland was considered a risk, reprisals for his work being a very real threat.

The Fund for young people of Roma origin

ERIO European Roma Information Office - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 1:32am
The Fund for young people of Roma origin


The Fund for young people of Roma origin | Socialists & Democrats
www.socialistsanddemocrats.eu
As part of our fight against xenophobia and racism – particularly against Roma communities – the S&D Group created this fund in 2010 to get young Roma people involved in policy-making at all levels and give them an insight into the work of the European institutions. Semester Beginning of traine…

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Audio Introduction of On-line Bulletin of Roma Virtual Network - 30 August 2014

Audio Introduction of On-line Bulletin of Roma Virtual Network - 30 August 2014.

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Sweden: Roma advocate scoops Wallenberg prize http://www.thelocal.se/20140827/ro...

Roma Virtual Network on fb - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:14am
Sweden: Roma advocate scoops Wallenberg prize
http://www.thelocal.se/20140827/roma-advocate-scoops-wallenberg-prize


Roma advocate scoops Wallenberg prize - The Local
www.thelocal.se
A Roma man has been hailed as inspirational after scooping this year's Raoul Wallenberg Prize for setting up an organization to help stamp out racism against

Recruitment of National Support Staff for the Limited Election Observation Missi...

Roma Virtual Network on fb - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:12am
Recruitment of National Support Staff for the Limited Election Observation Mission to the Republic of Bulgaria including for National Minority Analyst.
http://www.osce.org/odihr/elections/123002


Recruitment for the Limited Election Observation Mission to the Republic of Bulgaria | OSCE
www.osce.org
Following an official preliminary invitation to observe the forthcoming early parliamentary elections, based on the findings and conclusions of the Needs Assessment Mission deployed from 18-20 August 2014, and in accordance with its mandate, the OSCE/ODIHR is preparing to deploy a Limited Election O…

The Myth of the Spanish Model of Roma Inclusion http://www.opensocietyfoundation...

Roma Virtual Network on fb - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 6:08pm
The Myth of the Spanish Model of Roma Inclusion
http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/voices/myth-spanish-model-roma-inclusion



Is Spain Really a Model of Roma Inclusion?
www.opensocietyfoundations.org
Spain is held up as a model of Roma integration in Europe. It’s time to break this myth.

Congratulations to Emir Selimi, a young Roma advocate fighting anti-Roma racism...

European Roma Rights Centre - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:36pm
Congratulations to Emir Selimi, a young Roma advocate fighting anti-Roma racism in Sweden, for receiving this year's Wallenberg Prize!


Roma advocate scoops Wallenberg prize - The Local
www.thelocal.se
A Roma man has been hailed as inspirational after scooping this year's Raoul Wallenberg Prize for setting up an organization to help stamp out racism against

Festival in Roma Settlement Considered a Provocation Local authorities in Molda...

European Roma Rights Centre - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 2:30pm
Festival in Roma Settlement Considered a Provocation

Local authorities in Moldava nad Bodvou, Slovakia cancelled the ‘Spolu’ [Together] Music Festival, planned to be held this Friday in the Roma settlement Budulovska at the outskirts of the town. They did so after previous consultations with the Ministry of Interior and the Police. The municipality officially declared the driveway to the settlement inaccessible for the emergency and police cars, but there are voices that this was just a pretext. The festival aspired to become a platform for local community of Roma and non-Roma, whose relations have been severely ravaged by the last year police raid. According to the festival organizers, in relation to the police raid, the municipality considered the festival “a controversial event and provocation”. The raid is under ongoing investigation and the ERRC and the Slovak NGO Poradna are providing legal representation to the local Roma. The ERRC considers the recent municipality intervention as yet another demonstration that some Slovak authorities do not use consensual tools to support their communities in living together.

Coverage of the festival organisers press conference (in Slovak): http://video.tyzden.sk/tomas-pristiak/2014/08/26/festival-v-moldave-zrusili-protizakonne/


Slovak Interior Minister recommends cancelling festival in Romani settlement - Romea.cz
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Philanthropist George Soros and the Council of Europe are discussing the establi...

European Roma Rights Centre - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 4:54pm
Philanthropist George Soros and the Council of Europe are discussing the establishment of a new "European Roma Institute."
Find out here, how it could look like:


George Soros and the Council of Europe in talks over new European Roma Institute

Billionaire financier and philanthropist George Soros is in talks with the Council of Europe over his plan for a new European Roma Institute. For more inform...

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