Archive January 2014

14.1.2014. – The Guardian: As the European elections approach, it’s time to stop the politics of cowardice

In the current climate, a suggestion for a more equal, democratic EU is branded a ‘Marxist manifesto for a European superstate’. European democracy will only be built by citizens throughout the continent engaging in productive debates about our common future. When that real conversation happens, more people will realise that advancing on many of the things we care most about ... Read More »

14.1.2014. – Czech Helsinki Committee designs law to compensate illegally sterilized people

The Czech Helsinki Committee (Český helsinský výbor – ČHV) has completed a bill to use as a basis for compensating the victims of illegally performed sterilizations. The NGO is now submitting the draft legislation to the political parties seated in the Czech Parliament as well as to the justice minister and is calling on them both to see through an ... Read More »

14.1.2014. – ERRC: Forced Evictions of Roma double in France, as Authorities Pursue Failed, Expensive Policy

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. The figures, gathered by the Human Rights League (LDH) and the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC), are not comprehensive. Many more ... Read More »

14.1.2014. – Statistics and real life of elder persons in Serbia

Writes: Nadezda Sataric (Blog about social inclusion) I’ve remembered these days our old saying: “Statistics our pride, what you wish it describe” and definitely, for the first time, I’ve realized its full meaning. Cause for that was announcement of the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia from 30th December 2013 “Poverty and social inequality in the Republic of Serbia” in ... Read More »

14.1.2014. – RTS: Celebration of Vasilica in Nis

Roma too celebrate St. Vasili the Great – Vasilica and 14th January, New Year. On the eve of holiday is practice to buy poultry in odd numbers, but due to the lack of money they say that it’s enough even one animal for amusement. Roma in Nis celebrate usually this holiday, the most significant one after St. George, in the ... Read More »

14.1.2014. – Economic freedoms in Serbia bellow the world average

Serbia has advanced this year for 0.8 points in the index of economic freedoms of Foundation Heritage, but with total result of 59.4 points is still placed amongst the “economically mostly non-free countries”, it was published on 14th January. Serbia is at the bottom amongst European countries and bellow the world average. Amongst weakest points of Serbia and government’s spending ... Read More »

13.1.2014. – Radio Free Europe: Polish Conservatives Urge Jail Time For Calling Nazi Camps ‘Polish’

Polish conservatives want to jail anyone describing the concentration camps operated by Nazi Germany in their country during World War II as “Polish.” The Polish parliament is debating a proposal to punish the use of the terms “Polish concentration camp” or “Polish death camp” with up to five years in prison. Source (English language): Read More »

13.1.2014. – Commentary – Czech TV talk show contributes to anti-Romani sentiment

Last Thursday evening  the public channel Czech Television 1 broadcast an episode of Michaela Jílková’s “Máte slovo” (“You Have the Floor”) program on the topic of “Tightening up Welfare”. Romani activist Ivana Mariposa Čonková was in the studio audience and protested against the management of the program, whom she believes have grossly violated the public broadcasting statutes of Czech Television ... Read More »

13.1.2014. – OUPblog: The EU and ‘anti anti-fascism’

On 1 January 2014 Latvia joined the Eurozone and Romanians and Bulgarians became free to travel and settle in most of the European Union. Twenty years ago these statements would have sounded like fantasy; the EU has reshaped Europe so that the divisions of the Cold War now seem like a bad dream. Yet the sense of wonder that such facts engender ... Read More »

13.1.2014. – Nominees for Czech ombud include Fischerová, Marvanová and Šabatová

Next month the Czech lower house will vote in a new Public Defender of Rights (or ombud) and there is a big chance that a female nominee will take up the post. The candidates are said to be former dissident Anna Šabatová, who will evidently be nominated by the Czech Senate; Táňa Fischerová, whom the ANO Movement intends to negotiate ... Read More »