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ERIO'S WEEKLY E-NEWS 05-08-2016

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* ERIO’s campaign on Roma political participation
​Empowering Roma voices through their active participation in politics is key to advancing their social inclusion in mainstream society. As part of our ongoing campaign to achieve greater levels of Roma political participation, this flyer outlines why the under-representation of Roma in politics is such a concern. Roma should be able to speak for themselves, and not merely be spoken for by others.

Read more about our campaign here: http://www.erionet.eu/campaign-roma-political-participation
 
 

OTHER news

Roma Holocaust Memorial Day, 2 August 2016 : Statement by First Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Jourová
​By European Commission

​The following press release was issued by the European Commission on August 2, 2016 12:44.
“On the night of 2 to 3 August 1944, around 3,000 Roma men, women and children from the ‘Gypsy family camp’ of Auschwitz-Birkenau were murdered in the gas chambers. They were among hundreds of thousands of victims of the Roma genocide, killed by the Nazis and their allies. The Roma were one of many groups who fell victim to the holocaust.
It is in memory of all these innocent victims and the horrific injustice they suffered and died from that the European Commission commemorates the Roma Holocaust Memorial Day on 2 August.
Against a backdrop of increasingly divisive rhetoric, hate speech and hate crime, it is important to recall these dark moments in our history and learn the lessons of the past. Many people have little or no knowledge that the Roma were targeted by the Nazi regime. The holocaust of the Roma is an under-taught and under-recognised topic. We must not forget that still today there are too many Roma facing discrimination, and who are victims of hate speech and hate crime in Europe...."


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02 August. Commemoration Day for WWII Roma victims in Ustica camp
By Hina

​With messages that the Roma are an integral part of Croatian history and that they enrich the country's multiculturalism and need to be better integrated with Croatian society, a commemoration was held on Tuesday in the village of Ustica near the Jasenovac WWII camp in honour of the international day of remembrance of the WWII Roma genocide.
"It is necessary to remember that 16,173 Roma people were killed in this area between 1941 and 1945. In this place alone, 5,608 Roma children and 4,887 women were killed. This was a true genocide aimed at annihilating the Roma people from these regions," Roma MP  Veljko Kajtazi said adding that the number of victims was much higher.
He called for the truth about the Roma genocide to be included in school text books and that a permanent museum or exhibition in that regard be set up.
He added that according to the population census there are 16,975 Roma people in Croatia, however that number probably comes to around 40,000. According to Kajtazi that indicates that the Roma are still afraid to express themselves as Roma.

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Report onto the Opinions and Aspirations of Gypsies and Travellers in Relation to education Provision
By Isaac Blake 

​The Romani Cultural & Arts Company is unique as an organisation. We are 100% Gypsy, Roma & Traveller led and managed; staffed by the very community our organisation seeks to serve. We have always been ideally-placed to directly consult with our community on matters of significance. Our deep connection enables trust and a common understanding with the GRT communities that is unrivalled. This is why we are so successful at the ground-breaking work we do with Gypsies and Travellers.
In January 2016, we were very lucky to receive a grant to conduct some research on Gypsy & Traveller caravan sites throughout Wales, focused on gaging the opinions and aspirations of some of the most marginalised, vulnerable and abandoned members of Welsh society. As, I am sure you are fully aware, the gap between Gypsies and Travellers in terms of educational attainment, employment, housing, income, life chances and mortality and the rest of Wales remains significant with many young people abandoned and failed by schools and local authorities who in some cases, make no provision for site-based children at all and are often even totally unaware of the actual numbers of children and young people living on local authority sites.
 
I am pleased to attach the brief report from the consultation programme that took place between January and May 2016. In particular, I draw attention to page 59 onwards. Please also forward the report onto any contacts that it might interest.

Isaac Blake www.romaniarts.co.uk

ANNOUNCEMENTS and events

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.

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