Archive July 2014

2.7.2014, ERRC – ERRC Welcomes Irish Government’s Apology and Hopes this Will Set an Example for All Governments

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) welcomes the Irish Government’s multiple apologies regarding the unlawful removal of two Romani children from their families in October 2013 and the publication of the report by the Ombudsman for Children on the same matter. The ERRC urges the Irish authorities to develop the necessary policy and legal mechanisms, as suggested in the Ombudsman’s ... Read More »

1.7.2014, Vijesti Online – Roma cattlewoman don’t have where to go: I am going to beggars

“I was always against begging, but now I am thinking to remove every sheep and lamb until autumn, to put a bag on my shoulder…go from home to home and beg.” Although it is talked about her as a non-typical Roma woman, it appears that Slavka Adzovic from Niksic will be forced to accept what she had been trying for ... Read More »

1.7.2014, NIAR – Statement by Prof Dr Gheorghe Sarau about future of Roma language

Prof Dr Gheorghe Sarau said today for Journalistic-informative agency of Roma: “What’s required is, foremost, support for development of Roma language in modern South-eastern Europe, which would contribute to communication, structuring of identity, monitoring the process of expression of minds, non-material creativeness in cultural heritage of entire community. Countries  which have recognized in its constitutions and laws to Roma status ... Read More »

1.7.2014, Secretariat of Decade of Roma Inclusion – State reports submitted by governments available for download

The progress reports submitted by Governments, members of the Decade Initiative, to the Decade Secretariat for their 2013 implementation of Decade National Action Plans and National Roma Integration Strategies are now available on our website: Report of Serbian Government (on English language) is available on the following address:   Read More »

1.7.2014, BBC – Roma children’s families get Irish government apology

The families of two Roma children who were mistakenly taken into care have received a personal apology from the Irish minister for justice. A seven-year-old blonde girl spent two days in care following her removal from her home in Tallaght, Dublin. A two-year-old boy was also taken from his parents in Athlone, County Westmeath. Irish Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan ... Read More »

1.7.2014, ENAR – Joint statement for a strong Intergroup on anti-racism in the European Parliament

As the first plenary session of the new European Parliament takes place this week, ENAR and 95 European and national civil society organisations issue a joint statement calling on MEPs and political groups to establish a strong intergroup on anti-racism in the European Parliament. The progression of far-right parties or parties propagating xenophobic and racist ideas – with 80 MEPs ... Read More »

1.7.2014, – Greece now prosecuting all MPs of neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party

The Greek justice system has initiated the criminal prosecution of the last of the 16 MPs from the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn. Charges including membership in a criminal organization have been filed against all of the party’s legislators. Half of those charged, including party leader Nikos Michaloliakos, have been in custody for months. The last MP charged is Artemis Mattheopulos, ... Read More »