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Addressing pervasive work-place discrimination | The Budapest Business Journal on the web |

“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: 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

National police chief rejects ethnic based discrimination charges |

“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

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

Hungarian City Set to ‘Expel’ Its Roma –

Editor’s note:  Miskolc is one of the main cities of origin of Hungarian Roma refugee claimants who have come to Canada in search of sanctuary.  Many have now returned, either via deportation or because they have given up on their refugee claims in the face of dim prospects of acceptance.  Recall how in October 2012, then-Minister of Immigration Jason … Continue reading

The First Roma Feminist | John Feffer

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

Ipsos poll: Jobbik in second place, Fidesz maintains strong lead |

“Since the European parliamentary elections only support for the Socialists has waned, declining three percentage points to eight percent among all voters in the June poll. Fidesz stood retained its level of 37 percent while Jobbik also stayed unchanged at 12 percent.” via Ipsos poll: Jobbik in second place, Fidesz maintains strong lead |

Ipsos: Up to 900,000 undecided voters could boost Jobbik, LMP |

“As many as 900,000 voters could change their minds before the April 6 parliamentary elections, Szonda Ipsos research director Tibor Závecz told a function hosted by the Hungarian Journalists Federation on Thursday. He surmised that the 900,000 voters could vote for LMP and Jobbik at the expense of the larger forces, helping LMP to win … Continue reading

New party tries to woo Hungary’s Roma | GlobalPost

“With elections looming on April 6, a new party is trying to win over Hungary’s largest ethnic minority, the Roma, a community scarred by deep poverty and racism and disillusioned by traditional politics. “Until now, the Roma have never had credible leaders,” said Aladar Horvath, a prominent rights campaigner and leader of the new Hungarian … Continue reading

Far-right group seals appeal among discontented Hungarians | Reuters

“(Reuters) – To launch its campaign for Hungary’s parliamentary election, the far-right Jobbik party, accused by critics of anti-Semitism, chose as its venue a former synagogue with a plaque on the wall commemorating 500 local Jews killed in the Holocaust. The reaction was unsurprising: opponents turned up outside the synagogue in the city of Esztergom … Continue reading

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