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Czech Roma asylum seeker denied refugee status

“Would a Czech Roma asylum seeker be so desperate to get accepted in Canada that she’d carve two swastikas in her back to fool a refugee judge?” via Gypsy/Roma community | CIReport.ca. Advertisements

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

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

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

Nationalism and unchecked violence in Bulgaria: Deutsche Welle

Excerpt:  “Releasing a defendent on bail who faces murder charges can provoke protests in any country in the world. But this time, in Sofia, it’s a different story. Last week, a man was released who is not only indicted for murder, but is seen as a symbol for a movement of racially motivated violence that … Continue reading

How Canada keeps some immigrant women in their place | Toronto Star

An article about how Canada’s conditional visa policy and changes to citizenship threaten immigrant and refugee women. “…we urge Canadians to become aware of the ways in which Canada’s immigration laws – the laws that we create – exacerbate the vulnerability of immigrant women. Our immigration laws keep them in abusive relationships and deny them … Continue reading

Canada’s government-sponsored law-breakers ‘push the border out’ | rabble.ca

Matthew Behrens writes about the Canadian Border Services Agency and Canada’s increasingly exclusionary immigration policy: “…trauma is induced daily across this country by a federal agency with zero oversight and accountability mechanisms: the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). The name is so blandly beige that it sounds more like a group of Good Samaritans assisting … Continue reading

The Bulgarian Golden Dawn: Nationalists Launch Attacks Against Syrian Refugees

“Bulgaria nationalist groups have launched civil patrols to round-up migrants in the country in a hate attack strategy that is reminiscent of Greece’s neo-Nazi Golden Dawn group…. The party established “civil patrols” to stop and check migrants. “There are similarities with the patrols, which started in the Golden Dawn in Greece a few years ago,” … Continue reading

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