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John Feffer: The Persistence of Discrimination Against Roma

Excerpt: “In interviews and casual conversations in the four southeastern European countries I visited this fall, I heard the same stereotypes about Roma repeated over and over again. And many of the people who trafficked in these stereotypes were highly educated, the people who are expected “to know better.” Maria Metodieva was, until recently, in … Continue reading

Vona says Jobbik to “strike back” after year of attacks and sliding poll numbers –

“The radical nationalist Jobbik party was under constant attacks in 2012 but it “will strike back vigorously if this base campaign continues,” party leader Gabor Vona told MTI in an interview assessing the past year. The opposition leader admitted that the year fell short of the party’s expectations. Citing public opinion polls, Vona noted that … Continue reading

Robbing the Roma by Kalman Mizsei – Project Syndicate

“BUDAPEST – A year and a half has passed since the European Commission adopted the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020, which calls upon European Union governments to create comprehensive plans aimed at strengthening social inclusion and improving the well-being of their Romani citizens. The European Council endorsed the framework soon … Continue reading

GTA clinics overwhelmed with refugees – The Globe and Mail

“Free medical clinics in the GTA are seeing a growing tide of refugee patients whose coverage under the Interim Federal Health Program has been cancelled and doctors are scrambling to find more resources to help them.” Read more: via GTA clinics overwhelmed with refugees – The Globe and Mail.

France cancels payments to Romani migrants in exchange for their departure –

“The online news server of the French political weekly Le Point reports that on 7 December the French Government announced it had abolished the financial aid it had been giving to migrant Romani people who agree to return to their country of origin. The change concerns mainly Romani people from Romania, whose country is an … Continue reading

2012 in the Czech Republic: The Romani point of view –

“It’s the custom at this time of year to take stock of the failures, possibilities, and successes of the year that has passed. I will, therefore, briefly reflect on the matters that drew my attention this year. There were rather a lot of them, but nothing much that was positive, and that’s why in closing … Continue reading

Canadas controversial 2012 changes to immigration and refugee system –

“Over the past year Ottawa has made some sweeping and controversial changes to the immigration, asylum and refugee system, and the rules involving Canadian citizenship.  In doing so, the federal Conservative government has radically changed the landscape and made it much tougher for many to make Canada their home. Here is a primer on the … Continue reading

Petition | Minister Jason Kenney: Let the Pusuma family stay in Canada |

The Pusuma family needs our help right now to stay in Canada, and stay safe. Jozsef, Timea, and their daughter Viktoria, a Roma family fled Hungary 2 years ago. They came to Canada as refugees, after Jozsef began to receive death threats, and was attacked outside his home. At the time Jozsef worked for a … Continue reading

ERRC urges Italy to Rethink Roma Evictions –

“Budapest, Rome, Milan, 21 December 2012:  The ERRC has sent a joint letter of concern to Milan authorities today, urging them to rethink the planned eviction of Roma from an informal camp at via Dione Cassio. The 85 affected Romani people have not received adequate communication about the planned eviction. The Municipality has not said … Continue reading

Canada gets human rights failing grade from Amnesty International –

From the Toronto Star Excerpt: “The report welcomed changes to immigration and refugee laws in the past year that allowed for refugee appeals, but said they have also created two new classes of migrants and refugee claimants whose rights have been restricted. Those designated “irregular arrivals” — such as the Sri Lankan refugee claimants who … Continue reading

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