“A Conservative MP’s private member bill is quietly making its way through the legislature and, if passed, could exclude refugees from accessing any social assistance.” Read more: via Bill C-585 to ban refugees from social assistance | Metro.
“Berlin dpa – The tally of people seeking political asylum in Germany soared last year by one third, compared to the previous year, with official data on Thursday highlighting growing arrivals of Roma people from the Balkans.” via 1ST LEAD Roma in focus as refugee applications in Germany surge by one third By Jean-Baptiste Piggin, … Continue reading
“Around half of all Hungarian workers report experiencing discrimination at work, according to a survey released on July 4. This compares poorly with Western Europe, where 35% of workers report discrimination.The survey also found that those most likely to face discrimination are Roma, closely followed by Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Queer LGBTQ people.” Read more via … Continue reading
Summer roundup Discrimination never goes on vacation… Here’s a roundup of some big (and/or interesting) stories over these past three summer months about Roma in Canada and Europe. But what did we miss? Post your links and thoughts in the comments section. News from Canada: Supreme Court rules that cuts to refugee health care are … Continue reading
“In March the government published a white paper detailing what Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag called “an unknown and dark part of Swedish history”. The document revealed historic treatment of Roma in Sweden, detailing systemic abuse and police opinions that it would be best to kill them off.The government also created a Commission Against Anti-Romanyism, aimed … Continue reading
“Hungary’s national police chief firmly rejected claims of ethnic based discrimination when levying fines, in a letter released on the police homepage on Thursday.Karoly Papp responded to an initiative by the Roma Press Centre and five civil rights groups that proposed on July 15 setting up a working group with the national police with the … Continue reading
“In this podcast, contributors to a Roma youth conference discuss how they may be affected by multiple discrimination.” via Podcast: The impact of multiple discrimination on Roma youth | HUMANERIGHTSEUROPE. Update: Here is a link to the report on which the podcast is based: http://enter.coe.int/roma/Media/Files/Barrabaripen-Equality-Young-Roma-speak-about-multiple-discrimination
Infuriating. “The Federal Court of Canada has rejected the refugee claim of a Hungarian man of Roma background by dismissing the portrayal of sweeping, generalized persecution against the Roma in his homeland.” via Simply being Roma from Hungary is not proof of persecution, refugee judge rules | National Post.
Editor’s note: I’m sure Ilona Zambo is hardly the “first” Roma feminist, but this is an interesting interview nonetheless. “I met Ilona Zambo in 1993, after shed already set up her Gypsy Mothers Association. She was focusing at the time on family and social welfare laws that discriminated against Roma women, and she was also … Continue reading
“Diana Nyman, the chairman of the Roma Council in Gothenburg, was forced to drink her coffee in the lobby of Stockholm’s Sheraton hotel after staff stopped her from entering the breakfast lobby. Nyman was on hand on Tuesday at the expense of the government to speak at the release of the white paper on discrimination of Roma … Continue reading