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ERIO'S WEEKLY E-NEWS 18-04-2013

ERIO news and activities

* ERIO at the Round Table on Anti-Gypsyism in Stockholm
On the 10th of April 2013, the Ministry of Integration of Sweden organized roundtable meeting on Anti-Gypsyism in Stockholm. The meeting was attended by a number of experts within this field, among them officials from governments and international organisations, as well as representatives from the Roma civil society and scholars from the academy. The Swedish Minister of Integration Mr. Erik Ullenhag and Mr Jeroen Schokkenbroek Special Representative of the Council of Europe Secretary General on Roma related issues made their introductory remarks. The morning session “Anti-Gypsysim today” how to identify the rood causes of Anti-Gypysyism was moderated by Mr Thomas Hammarberg, UN Adviser and former Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights. The afternoon session on “How we can challenge Anti-Gypsyism” was moderated by Mr. José Manuel Fresno, Independent Consultant and President of the Council on equality and anti-discrimination in Spain. The audience was addressed by  Bernard Rorke OSI, Hungary; Soraya Post IRWN, Sweden ; Javier Saez FSG,Spain;  Claude Cahn Advised to the UN Human rights Commissioner office, Moldova; Rudko Kawczinki ERTF France;  and Sarita Friman-Korpela Secretary Advosory Board on Romani Affairs Finland. Mr. Ivan Ivanov the Executive Director of ERIO stated: “It is highly important that Anti-Gypsyism is institutionally recognised. To fight this special form of racism and discirmination there is urgent need to adopt measures to eradicate ongoing discrimination, measures to compensate for past discrimination, measures to elimnate future discrimination and to promote Roma identity. We all have to fight prejudices and all forms of denial racism and anti-Gypsyism”.
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OTHER news

* Equinet’s recently launched publication “Equality Bodies Combating Discrimination on the Ground of Racial or Ethnic Origin"
An Equinet perspective reflecting on the body of work carried out by equality bodies when dealing with cases of discrimination on the grounds of ethnic or racial origin. The perspective also analyses the law governing this work and the strategic approach to this work.

According to the Special Eurobarometer 393 focusing on Discrimination in the EU in 2012, 56% of European citizens think that discrimination on the grounds of ethnic or racial origin is very or fairly widespread in their country. Given the significant and widespread scale of racial discrimination, it was deemed appropriate to explore the work equality bodies have been able to develop on this ground.
Read more here
* International Roma Day: Remembering the Past and Fighting for the Future
by Foreign Affairs Officer, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, David Meyer U.S. Department of State- Washington, D.C.

The Romani people, one of the largest minority groups in Europe, have made significant contributions to European and American culture and societies. From musicians and dancers in Spain, to human rights lawyers in Budapest, to dedicated educators in Macedonia, the Roma people continue to shape Europe’s future. Yet, the Roma are one of the most marginalized groups in Europe, facing challenges to overcome systematic discrimination. On April 8, 2013, U.S. and European human rights activists and scholars came together at Harvard University for a conference entitled “Realizing Roma Rights: Addressing Violence, Discrimination, and Segregation in Europe to celebrate International Roma Day” to discuss how the Roma can reclaim their rights and harness the human potential of a diverse population of more than 10 million people.

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* Statement of the U.S. State Department Secretary John Kerry
On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I want to send best wishes to all Roma on the occasion of International Roma Day. We mark the day by celebrating the rich Romani culture and the diverse contributions of Roma to our societies. On this day, we should reflect on the obstacles that continue to prevent millions of Roma from realizing their potential.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS and events

* Conference “European Year of Citizens: Are Roma people European citizens like any others?” - 22th of April

The European Roma Information Office (ERIO) invites you to attend the conference “European Year of Citizens: Are Roma people European citizens like any others?” on the 22th of April from 09:00-17:30 in the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Room VM3, (2nd floor, Van Maerlant Building, 2 rue Van Maerlant, 1040 Brussels).

The conference will be held in English with interpretation in French and Romanes.

You can register before 17th of April by sending your full name and the organisation you work for to ERIO by e-mail at office@erionet.eu or by phoning the office on  +32 27333462.

The draft programme will soon be available here
* Social Platform Networking Conference "Social investment under the Lithuanian Presidency", Vilnius - May 23th 2013
In view of the upcoming Lithuanian EU Presidency - from July to December 2013 - the event will gather representatives from the Lithuanian government, research institutes and social civil society organisations (CSOs) to discuss the social priorities for the Lithuanian EU presidency. The meeting also aims at building alliances between European and Lithuanian CSOs.

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