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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

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

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

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

Romea.cz – France: Residents of Creneaux insist Romani people must leave town

“The situation of Romani people continues to be debated in France. Marseille is still demanding the eviction of 40 Romani people from an area in the north of the town. The group is the same one that was recently forced by residents of the nearby quarter of Creneaux to leave their campsite, after which it … Continue reading

Ottawa Citizen: Canada rejects Roma activist despite claims of neo-Nazi attacks in Hungary

“OTTAWA — A Roma political activist and his family, long targets of reported neo-Nazi attacks in Hungary, have been denied refugee status in Canada after an Immigration and Refugee Board member ruled they have no legitimate fear of persecution in their homeland. Gyula Kanto, a Roma civil-rights leader, appealed the ruling, but in a Sept. … 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

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