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1ST LEAD Roma in focus as refugee applications in Germany surge by one third By Jean-Baptiste Piggin, dpa | EUROPE ONLINE

“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

Summer roundup: news stories from Canada and Europe

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

The forgotten genocide – Opinion – Al Jazeera English

“On August 2, 1944, 2,897 Roma and Sinti, men, women, and children incarcerated in Auschwitz-Birkenau were loaded onto trucks, transported to gas chamber V, and liquidated as part of Hitlers genocide. All of them were killed in a matter of hours, their bodies then disposed of in the crematorium. Upon the liberation of Auschwitz by … Continue reading

Brutal Attack on Roma Boy a Wake-up Call for France | Human Rights Watch

“A 16 year-old boy is fighting for his life in a Paris hospital. On June 13, Darius was found by a neighbor in a supermarket cart, unconscious, on the side of a road.Whatever the motives of his attackers turn out to be—and no motive could justify the violent attack against him—this horrific crime doesn’t come … Continue reading

UNDP Paper: Migration of Roma and Non-Roma from Central and Eastern Europe

Over the next few months, we’ll be posting links to various UNDP Roma Inclusion Working Papers for readers and activists to use as reference.  Thanks to Patrick Ciaschi for summarizing the first one, about migration of Roma from Central and Eastern Europe. http://www.scribd.com/doc/197718148/Migration-of-Roma-and-Non-Roma-from-Central-and-Eastern-Europe This particular report entitled ‘An Option of Last Resort? Migration of Roma … Continue reading

Thanasis Kampagiannis, “The ‘Brown International’ of the European Far Right”

Why was Jobbik in London anyhow, and why have the BNP, Jobbik and Golden Dawn been hobnobbing so much as of late?  Here is a solid contextual analysis of far-right mobilizing for European Parliament elections coming May, written by Thanasis Kampagiannis: “In the lead-up to the international day of action against fascism on 22 March, … Continue reading

Human Rights Watch: Violations rising, tolerance declining in EU – Romea.cz

Human Rights Watch calls out France, Hungary, Greece for exclusion of Romani, Muslims, and asylum-seekers. Excerpt from Romea.cz’s summary: “Tolerance is declining in the European Union and cases of human rights violations are more frequent. Those are the conclusions of the report on the year 2013 by Human Rights Watch (HRW), which was just presented … Continue reading

Forced Evictions of Roma double in France, as Authorities Pursue Failed, Expensive Policy – ERRC.org

“Budapest, Paris, 14 January 2014: French authorities forcibly evicted more than 21.537 Romani migrants in 2013, more than double the total for 2012. Law enforcement officers carried out 165 evictions affecting almost 19.380 people. There were 22 evictions due to fire, affecting 2.157 Roma…” via Forced Evictions of Roma double in France, as Authorities Pursue … Continue reading

Roma in France Face Multiple Evictions – ERRC.org

“Budapest, 8 March 2013: Roma from Aubervilliers have faced multiple evictions, with disproportionate use of police force, after their settlement was burned down last month. The European Roma Rights Centre and Médecins du Monde sent a letter to French authorities asking them to provide assistance for the families.” Read more: via Roma in France Face … Continue reading

France Invites Bulgarian Reps to Roma Camp Inspections: France Invites Bulgarian Reps to Roma Camp Inspections – Novinite.com – Sofia News Agency

“French authorities have invited for the first time Bulgarian representatives to take part in inspections of illegal Roma camps in Paris suburbs.  The news was reported by the Bulgarian Ambassador to France, Marin Raykov, speaking Saturday for the Bulgarian National Radio, BNR….” Read more: via France Invites Bulgarian Reps to Roma Camp Inspections: France Invites … Continue reading

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