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ERIO'S WEEKLY E-NEWS 07-03-2014

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* Education, employment key in Roma inclusion, Hungary minister says in Brussels
By MTI

28/02/2014 - Education and employment are two key words in the strategy of social integration of the Roma, the Hungarian human resources minister said in an EU committee in Brussels on Thursday. Zoltan Balog assessed at a plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Hungary’s achievements in the implementation of its national Roma integration strategy.
“We cannot be fully satisfied but something has been set in motion,” Balog told the committee, a forum for representatives of Europe’s employers, workers and other interest groups to express their views.
Balog said views in Hungary that the Roma are responsible for their own situation or that they are vulnerable victims are both on the wane. An approach of accepting mutual responsibility has become more prevalent today in Hungarian society, he added.

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* US State Department criticises Slovak courts and Roma discrimination - The Slovak Spectator
By US Department of State, TASR, Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

28/02/2014 - IN ITS latest Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013 the US Department of State criticised Slovakia for weaknesses in operation of the country’s justice system and the prevailing discrimination of Roma. The Slovak Justice Ministry responded that the results show the country needs reforms.
“Authorities maintained effective control over security forces,” reads the report. “Security forces remained committed to curbing human rights abuses.”
According to the report, notable human rights problems during the year included abuse of power by judicial figures, a continued lack of checks and balances within the judicial system, low public trust in the judiciary, and continued societal discrimination and violence against Roma.

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* In France, an Experiment in Integrating Roma
By Lisa Bryant

Paris, 28/02/2014 - Last month, the European Union lifted work restrictions on citizens from Romania and Bulgaria - including the hundreds of thousands of Roma people. Europe's largest minority has not exactly been welcomed with open arms. That's particularly true in France, which has been widely criticized for its evictions and deportations of Roma. But today, a growing number of communities reject the national government's tough stance and are trying a new approach.
These rows of battered camper trailers seem like an unlikely testing ground for social integration. It's afternoon and the compound is filling up. Men and women are coming home from work. Children are coming home from school. People come over to say hello to Marie Louise Mouket, a big woman who wears a colourful scarf. Mouket heads a local association called ALJ93. It's working to carve out a future for the Roma community here in Montreuil and other working-class suburbs of Paris.

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* US State Department: Discrimination, violence against Roma in Czech Republic
By ČTK, translated by Gwendolyn Albert

27/02/2014, Washington, D.C.  - Societal discrimination and violence against Romani people was a serious problem in the Czech Republic last year, according to the US State Department's annual report evaluating adherence to human rights worldwide. The State Department said the most problematic of the 200 states it evaluated are North Korea, South Sudan, Syria, and other countries in Africa and Southeast Asia.
The report says a discriminatory approach toward members of the Romani minority is the Czech Republic’s biggest human rights problem, in addition to the issues of child abuse, discrimination against migrant workers, human trafficking, and violence against women. While last year the Czech Government did take measures to investigate and punish cases of members of the security forces and other government offices who were abusing their powers, the report says that in some areas these offences remain unpunished.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS and events

* Call for Applicants: New Research on Roma and the Holocaust

September 15-18, 2014. Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies invites applications for a workshop, New Research on Roma and the Holocaust, scheduled for September 15-18, 2014. The program will consist of three days of consultation and discussion of participants’ research, followed by a day-long public symposium. This workshop will bring together scholars working on Roma and the Holocaust across Europe, as well as histories of pre-war persecution and the effects of the Holocaust on Romani communities in its aftermath, in order to foster scholarly cooperation on emerging research on these themes. The workshop will also introduce participants to the Museum’s extensive archival and other collections. The Museum welcomes applications from doctoral candidates, postdoctoral scholars, and early career academics who are conducting research on Roma in the Holocaust. Proposals for new, original, and previously unpublished papers are welcome from scholars in all relevant academic disciplines. Researchers from post-Soviet states are particularly encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will be required to submit a copy of their presentation in English in advance of the workshop for circulation among commentators, other panelists, and participants. The workshop will be conducted in English.  
The deadline for receipt of proposals is April 25, 2014.

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* Fundamental Rights Agency Roma Survey Data Explorer

FRA has now made it possible for users to readily explore the results from a survey into the socio-economic situation of Roma and non-Roma living nearby in 11 EU Member States.
The results are available through FRA’s Roma data visualisation tool, which provides easy access to the findings. Users can simply compare the findings by country or by theme, for example. The results can also be exported in various formats. Once FRA is acknowledged, the data can then be re-used in reports and presentations.
The Roma pilot survey was carried out by FRA in 2011 in cooperation with the European Commission, the United Nations Develoment Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank. The survey documented the situation on the ground, providing policy makers with the necessary evidence for designing effective policy responses to address the situation of the millions of Roma who continue to face discrimination and social exclusion across the EU.
The key results were summarised in a report, published in May 2012. The results will be further presented in 2014 in three separate reports looking specifically at education, employment and gender. FRA released the preliminary analysis of the results by gender in October 2013.
The survey results can be accessed here
*Czech Culture Minister to pay respects to Romani Holocaust victims at Museum of Romani Culture

By Zdeněk Ryšavý, Museum of Romani Culture, translated by Gwendolyn Albert

On Friday 7 March 2014 the Museum of Romani Culture will hold its traditional Commemorative Gathering to honor the memory of the victims of the Romani Holocaust. The event will take place at 14:00 in the fourth hall of the museum's permanent exhibition and will feature a speech by Czech Culture Minister Daniel Herman. 

"We personally perceive the fact that the minister is attending the Commemorative Gathering as a very accommodating gesture confirming that he understands the importance and the specificity of the Museum of Romani Culture both for Romani people and for society as a whole," said Jana Poláková, the deputy head of the museum. In addition to the minister, Deputy Ombud Stanislav Křeček and Deputy Minister for Legislation, Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Kateřina Valachová will also attend.

On 7 March 1943, more than 1 000 Romani children, men and women were transported by boxcars from the buildings of Brno's municipal slaughterhouses to the concentration and extermination camp at Auschwitz, where most of them perished. The year 2014 marks the 71st anniversary of this tragic event.

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