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* ERIO newsletter 4 from 2015
ERIO's fourth newsletter is now online. The printed version is available in 250 copies. The newsletter contains following articles.
  • Editorial: The impacts of the refugee situation on Roma inclusion
  • ERIO at HIRA conference on the Holocaust
  • ERIO workshop Equality Bodies
  • Eurodiaconia / ERIO conference on Roma women
  • ERIO at EP conference
  • EU Court of Auditors Focus Group on Roma Integration
  • ERIO advocacy training
  • EC consultation meeting
  • BeyondRomaStereotypesonline campaign
  • Inside view
You can find the fourth newsletter 2015 here
* Music4Rom closing concert
On January 11th, ERIO attended at the the Gala of the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation coincided. This is the closing event of "Music4Rom" project and the start of the centenary of the birth of Lord Menuhin. Before an enthusiastic audience the voice of Jorge Chaminé, Gilles Apap's violin, the accordion of Roberto de Brasov and Ensembles "Colors of Invention" and "Rom4Music" paid tribute to the key contribution of the Roma music to classical and other music styles.
What better way to begin the tribute, also, to the great musician Menuhin than to build bridges ?
The speeches of Nymand Christensen, Sub Director of the DG Education and Culture of the EU, Coen Teulings IYMF president and Jorge Chaminé, international renowned baritone and member of the Board of IYMF, showed the path to be followed: that of Peace, Fraternity and Tolerance.

Visit the Music4Rom website here

OTHER news

* Handbook for lawyers defending Roma and Travellers
By Council of Europe

Ensuring Access to Rights for Roma and Travellers – The Role of the European Court of Human Rights
The Council of Europe published a Handbook for Lawyers Defending Roma and Travellers  by Marc Willers QC today. The handbook intended to familiarise those providing legal assistance to NGOs, in particular to Roma and Traveller communities with the European Convention on of Human Rights and the workings of the European Court of Human Rights. If properly understood and employed, the Convention and the Court can turn into two dynamic tools for the assertion of minority rights and their protection against prejudice and the abuse of power. 
This publication unfolds in four sections – starting with a practical and a theoretical approach towards the Convention and the implementation mechanism entrusted to the Court. The last two sections contain an analysis of relevant case-law concerning Roma, with an explanation of the specific Convention Articles mentioned and their reference to the everyday situation of Roma in the Contracting States, and finally a moot trial exercise on the well-known pattern of similar assignments, including feedback and an evaluation of frequently asked questions.
This handbook should primarily be seen as an organic introduction to human rights law. If it serves to whet the appetite of those who work for and with disadvantaged minorities to delve deeper into the case-law, the doctrine of human rights and the fuller textbooks (excellent ones do exist), it will have served its purpose.

Read more here
* AKP rebuked for rejecting inquiry into Turkey’s Roma citizens
By Hurriyet daily news

A main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy has rebuked Justice and Development Party (AKP) MPs for rejecting his proposal for a parliamentary inquiry into the problems faced by Roma-origin people in Turkey.

“The accommodation problem of Roma people is a crucial point. I shouted in here two days ago about this, but the 48-year-old Ünzile, a Roma woman, later died in a tent due to bad living conditions because we did not take necessary measures,” the Cihan News Agency quoted CHP deputy Özcan Purçu as saying as he spoke in a parliamentary session in Ankara on Jan. 6.

Purçu, a 39-year-old of Roma origin, had proposed a parliamentary inquiry into the major problems faced by the ethnic group. Speaking at parliament, he showed pictures of tents where Roma people live in the country, particularly highlighting a picture of a tent where a six-month-old baby died.

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* How Tyson Fury’s words shine a light on Traveller faith
By Sarah Hughes, The Guardian

Everyone has an opinion on Tyson Fury. The holder of three world heavyweight boxing titles (although he was stripped of one last week on a technicality), he has rarely been out of the headlines since beating Wladimir Klitschko. However, the cause has not been his prowess in the ring but a string of comments that have seen him branded a sexist homophobe and led to calls for him to be kicked off the shortlist for next weekend’s Sports Personality of the Year awards.

But why does Fury, 27, say the things he does? In part, the explanation lies in the most interesting thing about him: his religious faith. Born into an Irish Traveller family with a long boxing history, Fury became a born-again Christian thanks to his uncle Ernest, a Pentecostal preacher in Congleton, Cheshire. From there, he appears to have fashioned a series of beliefs that are a mixture of traditional Roman Catholic – in a 2011 interview with the Catholic Herald he talked of going to church every Sunday and added “going to heaven is the most important thing a man or a woman could ever do” – and a particularly literal interpretation of evangelical Christianity. His Twitter feed is littered with quotes from biblical passages and in an interview last week with Sky Sports News he reiterated his faith: “I’m a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. I’ll say it no matter how many people it offends. I’ll say it.”

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* Lost in Transition – new study by the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) on forced migration of Roma from Kosovo
Roma, Ashkali and Balkan Egyptians still face structural and cumulative discrimination in Kosovo; they have hardly any access to employment or housing and their children are discriminated against in the schools. If they flee towards Western Europe, they are sent back to Kosovo in next to no time, only to leave Kosovo once again, as they cannot live there… It is a vicious circle. The latest report from the Swiss branch of the STP demonstrates this failure on the part of Europe. The STP demands sustainable solutions and calls for an end to the forcible repatriation of Roma, Ashkali and Balkan Egyptians.

Please find the report at: http://assets.gfbv.ch/downloads/lost_in_transition.pdf
* Czech experts say teachers do not believe state will support inclusion
By ČTK, ryz, translated by Gwendolyn Albert

Speaking at a press conference, Jana Straková of the Institute for Research and Development in Education at Charles University's Faculty of Pedagogy said that Czech teachers' concerns about inclusion flow from insufficient explanations as to what precisely will happen this fall and what kind of aid they will receive. Straková said she believes educators do not trust that the state will provide them with support when they request it.
The chair of the Education Committee of the Czech Parliament, Jiří Zlatuška (ANO), added that concerns over the changes planned for 1 September are also partially due to a natural fear of the unknown. The main change that the amendment to the Schools Act will bring about is financial support for children living with disabilities or disadvantage that will flow directly to schools from the state budget, according to those who participated in the press conference held by the Czech Professional Society for Inclusive Education.
The experts rejected concerns that any school might be closed or that children might be forced to leave special schools as a result of the amendment. They also reminded the press that most children living with disabilities are already educated in mainstream schools in the Czech Republic now.

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.

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.
EU Action Grants Combating Racism, Xenophobia, Homophobia and Other Forms of Intolerance Deadline: 18 February 2016

The European Union is currently inviting Action Grants supporting transnational projects to prevent and combat racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance. This call for proposals for action grants is based on the 2015 annual work programme of the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (REC Programme). The indicative available budget under this call for proposals is EUR 5.400.000.

Funding Priorities
The proposals under this call will focus on the priorities described below:
  • Best practices to prevent and combat racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance (BEST)
  • Training and capacity building for strengthening criminal responses to hate crime and hate speech (TRAI)
  • Empowering and supporting victims of hate crime and hate speech (VICT)

Eligibility Criteria
  • To be eligible, applications must fulfill all of the following criteria.
  • Applicants and partners must be legally constituted public or private organisations, or international organizations
  • Bodies set up by the European Union falling under Article 208 of the Financial Regulations (EU bodies and institutions) are not eligible for funding and cannot submit applications. They can be associated to an application, but their costs will not be co-financed.Only legally constituted organisations can participate. Natural persons (private individuals) are not allowed to submit applications.
  • Non-profit organisation must be: a legal entity that is by its legal form non-profit-making; or has a legal statutory obligation not to distribute profits to its shareholders or individual members. The provision that profits will not be distributed must be clearly stipulated either in the law or in the statutes of the organisation; decisions on (not) distributing profits made by its managing board, associates, stakeholders, members or representatives are not sufficient proof of the non-profit nature.
  • Eligible country: All EU Member states including Iceland and Liechtenstein.

EU Member Countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

How to Apply Applicants must submit applications via PRIAMOS online system.
For more information, please visit EU Action Grants here.
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