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ERIO news and activities

* 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
* ERIO Advocacy Training
On December 10 and 11 ERIO organised advocacy training for Roma activists from all over Europe. The training aimed to provide the young Roma with knowledge and skills to advocate for their need and rights at national and local level. A parallel objective of the training was to enable Roma to participate in the design and implementation of Roma integration policies. The training was supported by DG Justice of the European Commission.

You can find the report about the training here

OTHER news

* 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.

Read more here
* Country's first Roma police officer gives talk to young people from Derby's Roma community

The UK’s first serving Roma police officer visited Derby this week, Tuesday, February 2 to talk to the young people in Derby’s Roma community. 
Petr Torak, MBE is a serving police officer with Cambridgeshire Constabulary, and is a Roma Gypsy from the Czech republic.  In 1999 he came to the UK to seek asylum, after becoming a victim of violence along with his family.  He decided that he wanted to give something back to the country that had granted him refugee status, and saved him from persecution. After undertaking a number of jobs, he signed up to become a Police Community Support Officer, before becoming a constable in 2006. 

The visit was arranged by PC Lisa Jones from the Normanton Safer Neighbourhood Team. He visited two schools in the Normanton area of the city before attending Peartree Baptist Church to give a presentation to young people from Derby’s Roma community. 

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

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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* OSCE Encourages Roma Political Participation
* Council of Europe sends letter to Bulgaria PM over forced evictions of Roma
By Grattan Puxon

The latest announcement from the OSCE reminds us how much that body wants to encourage greater participation by Roma in Europe's political life. Voting, of course, is the essential act. However, as much emphasise is being placed on increasing the number of Roma coming forward as candidates for all vital decision-making bodies.

The report is comprehensive, covering a number of countries with high Romani populations. It mentions the state-created national minority councils elected by Roma in Serbia and Hungary, and the reserved parliamentary seats allocated in Romania.

Read more here
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.

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.
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