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* For Roma by Roma: Local engagement in action

Today is a big milestone for our Local Engagement for Roma Inclusion (LERI) research. FRA has updated the project webpage and we have now released new deliverables, including:
  • 21 locality case studies,
  • 21 local video clips,
  • 1 overall video clip,
  • preliminary key messages
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* Italy: Two Romani children and their older sister die in arson attack
By Romea.cz

ANSA, the Italian wire service, reported yesterday that two Romani girls ages four and eight and their 20-year-old sister died early yesterday morning during an arson attack in Rome, Italy. The assailant's identity has not yet been ascertained.

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* Statement of the SRSG for Roma issues on the blaze at a Roma camp in Italy which killed Roma children
By Council of Europe

"It is with great sadness and regret that I learned about the events which led to the tragic death of three young girls this week in the Roma camp in the Centocelle district of Rome. I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of the victims…."

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* Czech Republic: Romani people who responded to racist innuendo by giving the Nazi salute face up to three years in prison
By Romea.cz

The local daily Domažlický Deník reports that the Czech Prosecutor's Office has filed charges with the District Court in Klatovy against two Romani men from Kašperské Hory, Lukáš Červeňák (26) and Martin Škvár (32), for giving the Nazi salute in a restaurant in Kašperské Hory on 29 December 2016. Both men, however, claim that they did so in response to racist sentiments expressed toward them by one of the restaurant's customers.

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* He’s led a transformation among Roma villagers: crime down, productivity up
By the CS Monitor

Journalists, politicians, and even foreign diplomats have been flocking to see Mr. Bogdán in Cserdi, a village in southern Hungary where he’s the mayor. He’s been spearheading a dramatic do-it-yourself transformation among the village’s 426 residents, most of whom belong to the ethnic Roma minority.

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* 4th meeting of the Operational Platform for Roma Equality
By Council of Europe

15-16 May, Paris, France: 4th meeting of the Operational Platform for Roma Equality (OPRE) which includes the Council of Europe, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the European Network of Equality Bodies (EQUINET) and the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) under the auspices of the French Défenseur des droits.

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