Archive June 2014

15.7.2014, ERRC – Highest Court in Macedonia Upholds Freedom of Movement for all Macedonians, Including Roma

The Constitutional Court of Macedonia recently declared some sections of the controversial Law on Travel Documents unconstitutional. The Court’s 25 June 2014 ruling was made public yesterday. According to the Court, which is the highest judicial body in Macedonia, articles of the Law which allowed the authorities to impose severe restrictions on freedom of movement of Macedonian citizens are incompatible ... Read More »

30.6.2014, NIAR – It is necessary to employ more Roma associates

On sympozium “Our neighbors and Roma” Prof Dr Rajko Djuric highlighted the possibility of establishing the Inter-cultural council in Serbia, just like in majority of European countries, which would be a bridge between authorities and citizens, especially members of jeopardized national minorities. In all ministries, especially in ministry of education, culture, social protection, internal and foreign affairs, should be employed ... Read More »

30.6.2014, NIAR – Genocide over Roma deleted from history

Bajram Haliti, editor-in-chief of “Journalistic-informative agency of Roma”, said today for NIAR’s portal: “Genocide over Roma isn’t deleted only from world’s history, but until recent it had been also deleted from national history too. That phenomenon is simply left out in our books, there hadn’t been place for it not even in footnotes. However, it should be said that lack ... Read More »

30.6.2014, – Veton Paçak from Roma party “Kosovaki nevi Romane partia” got only 280 votes and became a deputy

Something like thas can happen only in Kosovo. He became a deputy in the Parliament of Kosovo with only 280 votes. While the candidates from majority community in Kosovo need couple of thousands votes to get a position of deputy in the Parliament of Kosovo, candidates of some minority communities need only participation on elections. Therefore Veton Paçak from Roma ... Read More »

30.6.2014, TDI Magazin – Roma made a tent lodgment across the BiH Parliament

Sarajevo Roma family made an improvised lodgment in the center of Sarajevo, only few meters from the building of Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina and luxury malls on Marijin Dvor. Family of Hajrudin Sulejmanovic, which counts 20 members, lives in tent lodgment that they raised at the beginning of this year, after they had to leave Butile, through which now ... Read More »

30.6.2014, EurActiv – Call anti-Gypsyism by its name: Roma inclusion in the next European Parliament and Commission

The first step towards countering anti-Gypsyism is to recognise it as such, argues Martin Demirovski from ENAR, the European Network Against Racism, in an op-ed calling on the renewed European institutions to make the fight against this ever growing phenomenon in Europe a priority. From 2004 to 2009, the European Parliament played a key role in calling on the European ... Read More »

30.6.2014, OSCE – OSCE Chairperson-in-Office expresses gratitude to outgoing ODIHR Director Lenarčič

OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter, today expressed his gratitude to Ambassador Janez Lenarčič of Slovenia, the outgoing Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), for his work over the last six years. Lenarčič’s diplomatic experience and tireless commitment to the promotion of democratic elections, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, tolerance and ... Read More »

30.6.2014, – Czech-French film about Roma wins main prize at Slovak festival

The film “Cesta ven” (“The Way Out”) by director and screenwriter Petr Václav has won the main prize for Best Film at the Art Film Fest in Slovakia, according to the festival organizers. The story of a young Romani mother refusing to accept her adverse social position was one of 11 films competing in the feature film category. “The film ... Read More »

29.6.2014, Novi Magazin – Commemoration for 40.000 victims of Jadovno

On the area of former death camp Jadovno, near Gospic, today had been held a commemoration for around 40.000 victims of that camp, mostly Serbs, but also Jews and Roma after 1941. Delegates of president of Croatia as well of Croatian Government and Council have laid down wreaths to the memorial, while on behalf of Government of Serbia minister for ... Read More »

29.6.2014, NIAR – Goran Basic: “European integrations and the policy of multiculturalism in Serbia“

Prof Dr Goran Basic, author of article European integrations and the policy of multiculturalism in Serbia, believes that multiculturalism should be realized in following way: “Some aspects of this issues should be appropriately analyzed and represented to publicity. The most should be expected in relation to the answer to question how the political-legal circumstances affect to the ethno-cultural identities of ... Read More »