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ERIO'S WEEKLY E-NEWS 04-07-2013

ERIO news and activities

* ERIO and Social Platform joint position paper on migration
ERIO, as part of Social Platform, contributed to a joint position paper on migration. The paper includes the recommendations to the EU and member states on the situation of regular and irregular migrants, asylum seekers and on the situation of intra-EU mobility for EU citizens.
At the end of September Social Platform will meet with Ms Malmström, Commissioner for Home Affairs to present our recommendations and concerns.

You can read the full position paper here.
* Open letter on the future of the 'Europe for Citizens' programme
ERIO and Eurochild welcome the integration of Roma children and youth as the focus of this year’s European Platform for Roma Inclusion. Roma children face additional difficulties in realising their rights due to discrimination, poverty and disadvantage. The precarious situation of Roma children is often overlooked and the Platform provides an excellent opportunity to discuss and put forward proposals on how to secure their rights and well-being. “Roma children are often thought of as held back by their community, in general, and by their parents, in particular,” stated Ivan Ivanov, ERIO Executive Director. “Contemporary policies and resolutions often focus on the symptoms of the Roma children's malaise but not on the actual underlying cause of all their issues: discrimination and anti-Gypsyism. This is what should be tackled first,” he added.
 
Read the full statement here
* Join KeyRoma’s Online Community of Practice!

Our joint project KeyRoma has created an Online Community of Practice (OCP) that is formed by Roma activists, policy makers, teachers, organisations specialised in vocational education and training (VET), employment agencies and Roma organisations from different European countries and other persons interested in the topic of the project. The aim of the OCP is to inform you about the KeyRoma project’s implementation and to stimulate discussion among stakeholders on the project’s topics. 
 
The OCP has three main sections:
 
1) Blogging area: here you can share experiences under the form of a blog with VET providers, employers, policy makers, social workers, Roma mediators, labour advisors NGOs’ staff members, trainers and other professionals. Mediators involved in the project will describe experiences, anecdotes, challenges related to the implementation of the project. You can contribute by sharing your own experience with Roma women, employment of disadvantaged groups or adult training. 
 
2) Polling section: here you can answer and add polling questions related to education, employment and/or training of Roma women. It only takes a minute of your time to answer and to us your opinion really matters. Also, you can create your own question and find out what others think about your dilemma!
 
3) Forum: in the forum section you can directly discuss issues related to the project with other stakeholders. You can comment on an on-going discussion or add your own topic of debate. Share your views and learn about good practices and experiences from similar stakeholders in your own or other European countries!
 
Join us online and make your own contributions to discussions and polling on topics related to the project! You can learn about and exchange good practices among a transnational network working towards education and labour market inclusion of Roma women.
 
How to join the OCP?
 
Simply go to the project website and create an account:
http://keyroma.eu/en/content/online-community.
 

OTHER news

* Welcoming Croatia to EU, Hindus ask it to end maltreatment of Roma
by Roma Network

30/06/2013 - Welcoming Croatia as 28th member of the European Union (EU), Hindus have urged Croatia to end the maltreatment of its Roma population, who reportedly live in apartheid like conditions. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that Croatia should make an all out effort to do something “concrete and real” for Roma upliftment.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that Roma people in Croatia reportedly frequently faced social exclusion, racism, substandard education, hostility, endemic joblessness, rampant illness, inadequate housing, lower life expectancy, unrest, living on desperate margins, stereotypes, mistrust, rights violations, discrimination, marginalization, hate speech,  appalling living conditions, prejudice, intolerance, violence, reduced access to healthcare, human rights abuse, etc.

Read more here
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* Statewide Association of Romani People in the Czech Republic: New PM should revive Human Rights Minister post
by the Statewide Association of Romani People in the Czech Republic, translated by Gwendolyn Albert

Prague, 28.6.2013 - The Statewide Association of Romani People in the Czech Republic has sent the editors of news server Romea.cz an open letter calling on Jiří Rusnok, who has been appointed Prime Minister by Czech President Miloš Zeman, to revive the post of Human Rights Minister. News server Romea.cz publishes the text of that letter below in full translation:

Open Letter:  Czech Prime Minister Rusnok should revive the Human Rights Minister post
The work of the previous governing coalition in the area of resolving the situations of Romani communities has been an enormous disappointment to us. The government of former Prime Minister Nečas underestimated this area and did not pay enough attention to it, as is demonstrated by the resignations of several civil society members of the Czech Government Inter-ministerial Commission for Roma Community Affairs.

Read more here
* Statewide Association of Romani People in the Czech Republic: New PM should revive Human Rights Minister post
by the Statewide Association of Romani People in the Czech Republic, translated by Gwendolyn Albert

Prague, 28.6.2013 - The Statewide Association of Romani People in the Czech Republic has sent the editors of news server Romea.cz an open letter calling on Jiří Rusnok, who has been appointed Prime Minister by Czech President Miloš Zeman, to revive the post of Human Rights Minister. News server Romea.cz publishes the text of that letter below in full translation:

Open Letter:  Czech Prime Minister Rusnok should revive the Human Rights Minister post
The work of the previous governing coalition in the area of resolving the situations of Romani communities has been an enormous disappointment to us. The government of former Prime Minister Nečas underestimated this area and did not pay enough attention to it, as is demonstrated by the resignations of several civil society members of the Czech Government Inter-ministerial Commission for Roma Community Affairs.

Read more here
* Czech Republic: Neo-Nazis attempt pogrom on Roma, commit arson, nine injured, 28 arrests
České Budějovice, 29.6.2013 - Roughly 200 people, most of them Romani, gathered after 13:00 CET today at the Máj housing estate in České Budějovice where the assembly and cultural program "Čikhatar Het/Z bahna ven II" ("Out of the Mud II") was held by the Konexe civic association together with the local Romani community. The gathering was in response to an anti-Romani demonstration that started at 16:00 CET on Přemysl Otakar II Square and was attended by about 500 people.

The demonstrators headed for the Máj housing estate, where they attempted to attack the peaceful Romani assembly. Police intervened against them there.

Both gatherings were in response to an incident during which several children, their parents, and other unrelated adults got into conflict at a local playground. Several people were injured as a result of the clash between ethnic Czechs and Romani residents.

A pregnant woman was one of those injured. It is not yet clear who started the conflict or how, because police have not yet publicized the exact causes and circumstances of the incident.

Read more here
* Slovak municipality orders construction in Romani settlement demolished
by ČTK, translated by Gwendolyn Albert

Krásnohorské Podhradie, Slovakia, 2.7.2013 - The village of Krásnohorské Podhradie in eastern Slovakia has ordered the demolition of an illegally constructed house in the local Romani settlement which is standing on a plot of land co-owned by right-wing extremist leader Marian Kotleba. The municipal decision may become a precedent not only for other illegal constructions in the locality, but also for dwellings in similar settlements throughout the country.

After a fire last year at the nearby Krásná Horka castle, the village near Rožňava drew the attention of right-wing radicals. The fire spread to the castle from the surrounding brush at the bottom of the hill on which it stands, seriously damaging the structure, and was allegedly started by two Romani boys. Kotleba was subsequently gifted a plot of land in the local Romani settlement by its original owner. Last fall, Kotleba summoned his hangers-on to come to the village in order to "clear" the settlement; the event took place without incident, as police did not permit the right-wing radicals to enter the municipality.   

Read more here
* Czech Senator Okamura: Let's "democratically" send the Roma to India
By Přemysl Houda, Česká pozice, translated by Gwendolyn Albert

Prague, 1.7.2013 - The online magazine Česká pozice (Czech Position) published the following commentary on 28 June. News server Romea.cz presents it in full translation:

Czech Senator Tomio Okamura has evidently run out of patience. The newspapers, radio and television are preoccupied with the political crisis in this country and no one is paying attention to him. The jack-of-all-trades who has advice to give on how to cook, govern and live and who can be hired to speak about all of this seems to have decided to break through the barrier of the media's lack of interest in him. He can't have put much thought into it if all he came up with is complaining about Romani people.

The senator has published a text on the tabloid news server Parlamentní Listy in which he writes, for example, that "the gypsies should wake up their elites, unite, and try to form their own state. The right to self-determination is the right of every nation and that is why the Czech Republic should democratically support their emigration to the country from which their ancestors first came, i.e., ideally back to one of the states in India."

Read more here

ANNOUNCEMENTS and events

* Minority Rights Summer School Budapest – 2013
Norms and Practices in Central and Southeast Europe / Budapest, Hungary, 4 – 10 August 2013
The National University of Public Service (NUPS) in co-operation with the Tom Lantos Institute is organizing its first international Summer School on Minority Rights with a special focus on the implementation of norms in Central and Southeast Europe.
The Summer School will host 30-35 participants from Europe and elsewhere. It offers a forum to discuss relevant practices and research issues related to minorities with leading experts and practitioners in the field of ethnocultural diversity management.

Deadline for Application: 8 July 2013.
Date of Notification: 10 July 2013.

Read more here
* Training Course on the Management of Youth Organisations for Roma Youth Leader - European Youth Centre Budapest
Under the priority on strengthening the Roma youth movement and supporting Roma youth participation, the youth sector of the Council of Europe will organise in 2013 a Training course for Roma youth leaders on the management of youth organisations.
The training course will build on the accumulated experience of the youth sector of running training courses on democratic leadership and management of youth organisations.

The Youth Department of the Council of Europe aims to hire 2 junior and 2 senior trainers.
 
Deadline for expressions of interest: 10 July 2013.

Read more here / here
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