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ERIO'S WEEKLY E-NEWS 11-07-2013

ERIO news and activities

* ERIO Recommendations to the Lithuanian EU Presidency
From July until December 2013, Lithuania takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. As such, ERIO sent the Presidency recommendations on Roma inclusion.

Read the recommendations 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

OTHER news

* New Reports on Finland, Portugal and San Marino - 9 July 2013
by ECRI, Council of Europe

09/07/2013 - ECRI publishes today three new reports on the fight - in Finland, Portugal and San Marino - against racism, xenophobia, antisemitism, intolerance and discrimination on grounds such as “race”, national / ethnic origin, citizenship, colour, religion and language (racial discrimination). ECRI’s Chair, Eva Smith, welcomed positive developments in the three countries, but said that a number of problems persist.

Council of Europe’s Anti-Racism Commission publishes new report on Finland
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Council of Europe’s Anti-Racism Commission publishes new report on Portugal
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Council of Europe’s Anti-Racism Commission publishes new report on San Marino
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* Roma Exclusion: It’s Time for Member States to Tackle This European “Scandal” Seriously
by ERPC

Brussels, 28 June 2013 - The European Roma Policy Coalition (ERPC) welcomes the new impetus given by the European Commission to the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies by submitting, together with its annual progress report, a proposal for an EU legal instrument for Roma inclusion: a Council recommendation to be voted by the Council of Ministers and adopted by Member States.

The ERPC agrees with the European Commission that the National Roma Integration Strategies are far from making a positive change in Roma’s daily lives, a European population suffering from high levels of discrimination and poverty.

Commissioners Reding and Andor emphasized at the EU Roma Platform the need to send a wake-up call to EU Member States and make them reiterate their commitment to stop excluding Roma from society. The proposal for a Council recommendation sends a strong message to national governments that strategies need to be properly implemented in order to make a positive difference on the ground and not only remain a commitment on paper.

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* Commission proposes recommendations for faster socio-economic integration of Roma
by the Statewide Association of Romani People in the Czech Republic, translated by Gwendolyn Albert

01/07/2013 - Last week the European Commission published a new proposal for a Council Recommendation on effective Roma integration measures in the Member States. Building on the conclusions of the progress report (see article here) and on the Commission’s 2012 progress report, the proposal for a Council Recommendation aims to speed up progress by focusing the attention of the Member States on a number of concrete measures that are crucial for implementing their strategies more effectively.

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* Czech Republic: Hundreds attend meeting about anti-Roma unrest in České Budějovice
by ROMEA

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.

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* Analysis: Street violence committed by "ordinary people" with right-wing extremists bothers Czech public
by František Kostlán, translated by Gwendolyn Albert

The street violence sparked by right-wing extremists recently in the towns of Duchov and now twice in České Budějovice is starting to bother more people besides members of the Romani community and their supporters. The recent violence in České Budějovice followed a pattern similar to that of other towns, where any excuse has been enough to kick off crusades through the streets. 
The coexistence problems in both of these towns have not been excessive and seem to have been even calmer than average. Neither the recent beating of a "white" married couple in Duchcov by several Romani people, which was truly inexcusable and repugnant, nor the argument and subsequent conflict on a playground in České Budějovice seem to have been the real reason for these anti-Romani actions.
According to most public opinion, neither of these incidents should have been a reason for ordinary people to demonstrate together with neo-Nazis and other extremists. Let's take a closer look at the example of České Budějovice.

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* Czech Republic: Third person charged in anti-Roma protests, more violence expected this coming Saturday
by ROMEA

České Budějovice, 11.7.2013 - A third person has been charged in connection with the recent anti-Romani protests in České Budějovice. Detectives say the 20-year-old man assaulted a police officer on Saturday, 6 July with a glass bottle and is suspected of committing violence against a public official. 
Police say the law was also broken by the person who convened the first assembly on 29 June when he called on those participating to march on the Máj housing estate, a plan that was not announced to authorities in advance. He is said to have broken the Law on Assembly and his behavior will be addressed by the Administrative Committee of the municipality, according to police spokesperson Jiří Matzner.
Yesterday detectives announced they had filed their first two charges against participants in the assemblies. One is said to have thrown rocks at police officers, the other to have assaulted them.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS and events

* TV Sutel - Macedonia
Television ,, Sutel’’ informs you that all news and information related to Roma in Macedonia and the World.
For the latest information on Roma living in U.S.A, Germany, Belgum, France, Italy, Ungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo and other countries.

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* CfA: Opportunity for researchers in EU Roma research project
Roma Matrix (Mutual Action Targeting Racism, Intolerance and Xenophobia), a project focused on tackling the social exclusion, racism and discrimination of Roma across ten EU member states is looking to recruit nine researchers, one to focus on each of the following countries: Italy, Hungary, Slovakia, Greece, Romania, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Poland and Spain. The researchers will be responsible for desktop analysis and mapping of existing policy and practice in their country with a particular focus on four key areas:
- Reporting and redress mechanisms for tackling racism and discrimination of Roma
- Roma children in care
- Employment; and
- Cross community relations and mediation
The post would ideally suit an academic researcher in the early part of their career based in a University or a similar research and policy environment. Each researcher will be reimbursed a total of €5000 upon completion of the work in January 2014

Please find more details about the project with information about how to apply here
Deadline for the receipt of applications is 25th July 2013.
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