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* ERIO publication: Human rights abuses and discrimination against Roma in 2015
The European Roma Information Office (ERIO) has a new publication which includes snapshots that are illustrations of human rights abuses and discrimination against Roma in EU member states and candidate countries during 2015.
You can download the publication here

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* Brainstorming meeting with police training experts on non-discrimination with a focus on Roma and SOGI issues
On 10-11 February 2016 in Strasbourg, the Support Team of the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe for Roma Issues and the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Unit (SOGI) are organizing in close cooperation with the Criminal Law Cooperation Unit and the HELP Programme a Brainstorming meeting with police training experts on non-discrimination with a focus on Roma and SOGI issues.
The purpose of the meeting is to develop a Council of Europe training methodology on police training on Roma and SOGI issues, similar to the methodology developed by the HELP Programme for legal professionals. This will enable the Council to train experts on a standard-based training methodology and with tools that can be easily adapted and delivered at national level for these two target groups. This initiative builds on the previous training experiences carried out by CoE with police forces on Roma issues and the experience of the intercultural training with Roma Mediators of the ROMED Programme.

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* Turkey's Roma community begins broadcasting on Radio Romani Vast
By Anadolu Agency

MERSIN, Turkey - Known for their colorful culture, the Roma community in Mersin is getting ready to launch their own radio channel "Roman Vast" - meaning "A strong Romani hand of support," - in an effort to protect their culture and keep their language alive, both which they see as falling into oblivion.

Ali Daylam, the head of the Federation of Mediterranean Roma Associations and member of Turkey's Roma Community European Council, spoke to Anadolu Agency (AA) saying that his community has been initiating various projects and organizing various events to revive their language, which is not spoken by many people today. To reach out to as many people as they can and revive Roma culture, Daylam and his team decided to establish a radio station that will broadcast online and agreed that the broadcasts should be made in Romani, which is the group of languages of Roma communities.

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* Paris police cleared hundreds of Roma people including families and young children from a slum in northern Paris Wednesday at the request of the landowner, France’s state rail company SNCF
By Charlotte Boitiaux

Paris police cleared hundreds of Roma people including families and young children from a slum in northern Paris Wednesday at the request of the landowner, France’s state rail company SNCF. On a cold, windy day under a light drizzle of rain, police began clearing the camp, which stood on a disused railway track known as the “Petite Ceinture” (Little Belt) in the 18th arrondissement of the French capital, at around 6.30 am Wednesday morning.
“I live just next door. I heard the diggers very early this morning and I came down to watch the police evacuating people,” said Josie, a local resident in her 50s who describes herself as a “socialist activist”. “It’s important that they [the police] know we are watching them,” she added, looking on as bulldozers began razing the makeshift shacks. “It’s important that they know that they work without our approval.”

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* Council of Europe sends letter to Bulgaria PM over forced evictions of Roma
By FOCUS News Agency

Strasbourg. Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, released Tuesday the letters he sent to the governments of Albania, Bulgaria, France, Hungary, Italy, Serbia and Sweden, in which he alarmed that the Roma continued to face serious forms of discrimination and human rights violations by authorities at both national and local levels, such as forced evictions without due process and provision of adequate alternative housing, a press release announced.
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Join the The European Roma Media Network!

The European Roma Media Network was an outcome of ERIO’s conference “Media: a key tool to fight hate speech and anti-Gypsyism” organised on 23 June 2015 in Brussels. The ultimate goal of this informal Network is to join efforts to invert the role of the media as a tool to fight anti-Roma sentiments and anti-Gypsyism. The media has a crucial role in combating racism and stereotypes about the Roma. This can be achieved with an ethical and critical journalism which aims to raise awareness and provide a greater understanding regarding Roma issues.
The role of the Network is to provide an online platform for different stakeholders to exchange information and ideas about good practices and to discuss possible challenges and opportunities in tackling negative stereotypes and hate speech in the media. A parallel objective of the Network is to monitor and react to hate speech and negative portrayal of Roma in the media and address the responsible authorities.Who can join? Members of the Network should be journalists (Roma and non-Roma), media experts or NGOs working on media.

Want to apply for membership?
To apply for membership please fill in this registration form and send it to office@erionet.eu
School Drawing Competition: For Roma, with Roma

You are invited to take part in a drawing competition organised by the European Commission for 7-10 year olds. The aim of the competition is to help children, teachers and parents think about what we share that allows us to live together in an inclusive and mixed society.
To enter, work in a group to create a drawing that represents the theme above. Draw your ideas of five ways we are all the same; whether we are Roma or not.

The deadline for the competition is 16 February 2016.
More information can be found here.
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