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* A New Output by ROM-UP - The inclusion of Roma through successful educational experiences
The project ROM-UP has published an electronic guide addressed to Roma organisations, national, regional and local authorities, NGOs and civil society organisations. The aim of the guide is to inform about the best successful educational experiences with Roma and to disseminate this knowledge to new contexts and actors.
The guide has two sections; the first section is a detailed description of successful educational experiences and practices in promoting Roma education. This section also includes among other things the results of the experiences and premises to be successfully implemented.
The second section includes National Viability Strategies and recommendations for the implementation of successful educational experiences at both national and regional level.
The ROM-UP electronic guide can be accessed here
* ERIO joined the European Year of Citizens Alliance
We are a new member of the European Year of Citizens Alliance (EYCA). The EYCA aims to mobilise a widespread engagement from civil society during the 2013 European Year of Citizens and to foster debates on issues relevant to Roma such as the exercise of European citizens’ rights and to promote citizens’ active participation in the EU.
We are looking forward to a fruitful and constructive cooperation!

You can find out more about the EYCA here: http://www.ey2013-alliance.eu

OTHER news

* Teacher making anti-Roma statements had to resign in Hungary
by Klebelsberg Centre for Administration of Institutions

02.04.2013  - On the proposal of Zoltán Balog, Minister of Human Resources in Hungary the institution maintenance center laid off the teacher from Konyár who, in a meeting held in Érpatak, Szabocs-Szatmár-Bereg county, Hungary,  while expressing his extremist views, spoke in public in an excluding and pejorative way about his pupils of Roma origin.The video of the teacher speaking up for corporal punishment and radical educational principles, urged generally by the extreme right, exclusively at the expense of Roma children, was made public on YouTube at the end of January 2013.

Read more here
* Serbia: Dead Romani youth found in Bečej, racial motivation not yet ruled out
by bau, Sinan Gökçen, ERRC press release

Belgrade/Budapest, 28.3.2013  -  In the early morning hours of Sunday, 17 March 2013, a dead 17-year-old Romani boy was found in the Serbian town of Bečej. The circumstances of his death are unclear and it is possible he was the victim of a racially motivated attack.Police have qualified the boy's death as suspicious. The Serbian daily Blic reported several days later that he had been kicked to death by four skinheads and that the attack could have been intentional and motivated by his ethnicity. 

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* Slovakia: Punishment for shooter of three Romani victims called absurdly low
by bau, translated by Gwendolyn Albert

Hurbanovo, Slovakia, 28.3.2013  -  The sentence of nine years in prison and an order to undergo psychiatric treatment handed down by a court in Slovakia against municipal police officer Milan Juhász, who shot dead three people and injured two others in Hurbanovo last year, has prompted much reaction. The defendant originally faced the possibility of life in prison, but the judges chose a lighter sentence for him at the suggestion of the prosecutor and after experts testified that he had not been completely sane when he committed the shooting. The verdict has taken effect, as neither side has appealed
Read more here
* Czech permanent settlement law expired 15 years ago
by ČTK, translated by Gwendolyn Albert

Prague, 30.3.2013  -  Deeply engrained stereotypes about Romani people, formed in Europe over the course of six centuries, persist today even though various regimes have made efforts to more or less eliminate the stereotypes in various ways. One of those efforts was the forced assimilation of Romani people that began in the fall of 1958 in the former Czechoslovakia with a law on the permanent settlement of vagrant persons. Up until 1990, itinerancy was punished with imprisonment. The law was not removed from the legal code until 30 March 1998.  

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* International Roma Day in the Catalan Parliament, April 8th 2013
The Federation of Roma Associations in Catalonia (FAGIC) in cooperation with the Catalan government is organizing a conference on April 8th, the International Roma Day. The conference will take place in the Catalan parliament. Speeches will given by the President of the Parliament of Catalonia, Pedro Aguillera, member of ECRI and board member of ERIO and Ivan Ivanov, executive director of ERIO. The conference will be followed by a traditional flower ceremony at the Besos River in Barcelona.
*  The Working Group  of the European Parliament on the Quality of Childfood  will meet on April 9th
'Finland has the best literacy score in the European Union. What are the main elements of its strategy and to what extent can it be copied by other countries?'
The presentation will be made by Professor Heikki Lyytinen from the University of Jyväskylä in Finland, one of the driving forces behind the Finnish success.
Host: MEP Liisa Jaakonsaari (S&D, Finland).
Time: Tuesday April 9, 2013 from 13.00 until 15.00 hours.
Location: European Parliament, Rue Wiertzstraat 60, Brussels, Room JAN4Q2
* Round-Table on Anti-Gypsyism in Stockholm, 10 April 2013
On April 10 the Swedish Ministry on Employment is organizing a roundtable on Anti-Gypsyism in Europe. Key speakers will be Mr. Erik Ullenhag Minister of employment in Sweden , Mr. Jeroen Schokkenbroek Special Representative of the Council of Europe Secretary General on Roma related issues, Mr. Thomas Hammarberg, UN Adviser and former Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights and Mr. José Manuel Fresno, Independent Consultant and President of the Equality Body in Spain.
*  Seminar Housing Rights in Hungary, Budapest (Hungary), 12 April 2013
The seminar will take place on Friday 12 April 2013 at Budapesti Módszertani Szociális Központ (bmszki) in Budapest, Hungary - BMSZKI, 1139 Budapest, Szabolcs utca 33-35. There will be visits to organisations in Budapest and several workshops to allow participants to share ideas and develop strategies to fight rights violations with strengthened rights and call for a strategy to end homelessness in Hungary. This seminar will be an opportunity for experts on human rights, homelessness and housing rights from within Hungary and across Europe, as well as policy-makers, to work together to develop some creative and cooperative strategies to find a better way to tackle homelessness in Hungary.
Contact: Clémentine Sinquin, Policy Assistant FEANTSA - (+32) 2 539 41 74
*  International Conference "Quality education for Roma: Sustainability of Education Policy Developed within the Decade on European level"
April 22-23, 2013, Zagreb, Croatia

The international event is organized by the Ministry of Education and the Government Office for Human Rights and Rights of National Minorities with the assistance of the Decade Secretariat. CoE, ETF, REF, UNDP and UNICEF have also provided valuable contributions. The main purpose of the international conference is to exchange experiences of different stakeholders and identify barriers and risks, but also key factors which contribute to the transformation of a successful educational initiative to a realistic, sustainable and effective policy. The Conference will explore topics of quality education for Roma; data gathering and monitoring inclusion of Roma in education; community work as a presupposition for quality education of Roma and usage of EU funds for education. Special panel will be dedicated to the status of the Romani language in the education. The event will consist of plenary sessions and in-depth thematic discussion on the topics. The working language of the conference is English. Interpretation in Croatian and Romani will be provided.
Return the completed form as soon as possible but not later than April 9, 2013.
Tunde Buzetzky (Ms), Facilitator - Decade of Roma Inclusion Secretariat Foundation
Teréz krt. 46,  H-1066 Budapest
phone: + 36 1 411 1325;  fax: + 36 1 411 1326, cell: +36 30 641 7468
e-mail: tbuzetzky@decadesecretariat.org, web: www.romadecade.org
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