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* ERIO’s campaign on Roma political participation (Second flyer)
Our second #RPP flyer is released and outlines the need to reinforce and implement the existing legislation when it comes to address Roma political participation. The oldest document which states the right to political participation of all citizens, dates back to 1948: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 21.1).​

Read more about our campaign here: http://www.erionet.eu/campaign-roma-political-participation

OTHER news

* Untold stories of Mirga’s in Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp*
​By Anna Mirga-Kruszelnicka, Esteban C. Acuña and Piotr Trojański 

​The Roma’s own narratives on the genocide still contain too many missing elements: well documented and personalized stories of persecution, testimonies of survivors or their own accounts of what Roma faced during the Nazi era horror, data and evidence on many places, individuals or instances of killings that are still to be uncovered [1]. Roma still have to name victims and uncover true stories that could encapsulate and symbolize their experience of persecution and would be remembered for generations. The Roma Genocide narrative needs such well-documented, personalized and compelling stories, which can be used for teaching, and for building up collective Roma historical memory. Today, however, it is more difficult to trace such figures, not only because the memory of the past is fading away but also because there are ever-diminishing number of witnesses who can tell us such stories.

Speaking at the UN Holocaust Memorial Day of January 27, 2010, in New York, I chose purposely to mention a Sinti girl Unku who died in Auschwitz camp. The true story of “Unku” or Erna Lauenburger, could be one of such telling stories symbolizing Sinti and Roma Genocide. Erna, born in 1920, has become a model for the heroine of the children’s book “Ede and Unku” by Grete Weiskopf-Bernheim (pseudonym: Alex Wedding). [2] The book was published in 1931. The writer was Jewish and her book was banned by the Nazis in 1933. Erna as a Sinti was “racially” registered in 1939 and was classified as a “gypsy of mixed race” in 1941. She was deported from the detention camp in Magdeburg directly to Auschwitz on the 1 March 1943 with her family and died there that same year. Out of eleven Sinti children mentioned in this book, based on real life-stories, only one child survived the persecution. [3]

​*This is an excerpt from the book “Education for Remembrance of the Roma Genocide. Scholarship, Commemoration and the Role of Youth”. Edited by Anna Mirga-Kruszelnicka, Esteban C. Acuña and Piotr Trojański; Libron, 2015 (second and extended edition in 2016). The book can be downloaded from: http://2august.eu/book-remembrance
New Public Education Act in Bulgaria
By Amalipe

​From August 1, 2016 the new Public Education Act in Bulgaria has entered into force. Expected more than 10 years and developed during 5 of them, the Act has the ambition to reform fundamentally the Bulgarian education that has been in deep crisis. What will be its effect on rural education and the educational integration of Roma children and students: two of the segments that often go unappreciated as potential for the development of Bulgarian education, but which in fact are keys to make the school a leading factor in the success of every citizen and society?

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Commentary: Czech TV Prima broadcasts manipulative report about Roma returning from Britain en masse
By František Kostlán, translated by Gwendolyn Albert

​The Prima television station in the Czech Republic must have some sort of "anti-ethics code" obligating it to constantly incite the public against minorities. Previously, for example, it was revealed that its news editors were instructed by their superiors to report about refugees in exclusively negative terms.
Now those editors seem to have switched their attentions back to Romani people. What Prima actually produces is not news reporting, which by law is supposed to be balanced and objective, but a ceaseless campaign against minorities.

Read more here


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.

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