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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 | Politics.hu

“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

ERRC and Its Partner Asked Protection for Roma in Naples – ERRC.org

“Budapest, Naples, 14 March 2014: The European Roma Rights Centre and its partner Chi Rom e…Chi No today sent a letter of concern  to the Italian authorities to ask for protection for Roma in Naples who were victims of physical attacks on 11 and 12 March 2014. According to media reports and witnesses, an informal … 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

Russia : Police abuses against Roma, migrants and (…) – FIDH

Excerpt: “Roma: everyday victims of police violence The report submitted to the Committee gives extensive evidence of the specific targeting of Roma people by Russian police, as well as daily abuses to which they are subjected. Negative stereotypes linking Roma origin with criminal behavior remain widespread among law enforcement agents, and intolerance and xenophobic attitudes … Continue reading

The New Anti-capitalist Party and the expulsion of the Roma from France

“The racist expulsions of Roma carried out by the French Socialist Party (PS), whose election the New Anti-Capitalist Party (NPA) supported, reveal the reactionary character of the NPA’s support for the PS. The NPA attempts to hide its political culpability in the persecution of the Roma by maintaining a virtual silence on the subject. The … Continue reading

Bulgaria: Roma Woman Wins Case against Bulgaria at Strasbourg – Novinite.com – Sofia News Agency

“Bulgaria has been found guilty of failing to protect the right to life and of discrimination against a female Roma citizen, who filed a case at the Strasbourg Court of Human Rights. The European Court of Human Rights has determined that Bulgarian authorities failed to properly investigate a violent assault against the woman that left … Continue reading

HOPE not hate international: Athens anti-fascist motorcades: “Until the police protect immigrants, we’ll do it for them”

“Over the past few months, as Greece has sunk deeper into crisis, racist attacks against immigrants have risen sharply. Unsatisfied with the police’s response to this violence, residents of Athens have taken to patrolling a neighbourhood where thugs are known to beat up immigrants and cause damage to their shops. They call themselves “anti-fascists”. Their … Continue reading

ERRC Calls for Strong Response by French Authorities to Marseille Violence – ERRC.org

“Budapest, 1 October 2012: The European Roma Rights Centre is calling on authorities to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of last week’s violence against Roma in Marseille. A group of 35 Roma, including 15 children, were forced to leave the piece of land where they were living by local residents, who later returned and set … Continue reading

Police cleared of discrimination charges | Local News | News – Radio Frontier

“A group of Roma in Geneva have lost a discrimination case they had brought against Geneva police. The police had issued several members of the Roma community in Geneva with fines, claiming they were breaking the city’s anti-begging laws. The group, represented by Dina Bazarbachi, a lawyer who runs a Roma rights group in Geneva … Continue reading

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