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* ERIO at the Colloquium “Stateless Folk”
On 26 February, Kazerne Dossin organised a colloquium “Stateless Folk” which focused on the Roma Holocaust. Speakers included Commissioner Viviane Reding, MEP Lívia Járóka, Jeroen Schokkenbroek (Council of Europe), various historians and a Roma Holocaust survivor Rita Prigmore.

Viviane Reding remembered the number of Holocaust victims which included many children. She noted that racism and xenophobia are on the rise in many parts of Europe and that Roma continue to be violated in their fundamental rights. The Roma Holocaust is part of our history and we need to tell young people what happened so it doesn’t happen again, she said. “We cannot afford to have another generation of Roma not able to dream their dreams. We have to give them a chance to dream their dreams”, Commissioner Reding added. “I thank those who are helping this to become the reality”, she concluded.

Rita Prigmore, a Roma survivor to medical experiments performed in Auschwitz, in a very emotional speech stressed the importance of remembering the past in order to avoid its repetition. She stated “I often ask myself: where does discrimination come from? Don’t we all belong to the same human race?” She sees her task as “not to remain in silence but to tell my story”. “I’m convinced that together we can build a better society where we can all live together”, she concluded.

During the event, ERIO had the opportunity to inform participants of its activities related to the Roma Holocaust and the importance to keep lobbying for an official EU recognition of such event.
* Join our International Romani Network!
The ROM-UP! project has created an International Romani Network (IRN) to raise awareness of the successful educational experiences effective in the inclusion of Roma children. Anyone interested in this topic can join the network. We particularly welcome the contributions of grass roots Roma, Roma activists, teachers and other educational actors, politicians, researchers, Roma organisations and European, national, regional and local authorities.

If you would like to join the network please complete the online registration form here. Once registered you will receive an email giving you more information about how to contribute to the debate on the network’s forum (on both the project and ways to improve the educational inclusion of Roma in Europe). The forum will be moderated and only comments relevant to the goals of ROM-UP! will be published.

To find out more about the network and to sign up please visit the website: http://www.rom-up.eu./romani-network.htm

OTHER news

* High level UN Conference on the Empowerment of Women
Press Release by MEP Lívia Járóka
MEP Lívia Járóka participated at the High Level Segment of the United Nations Human Rights Council titled 'The Power of Empowered Women'. At the invitation of Navanethem Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, women leaders from around the world have gathered in the Palace of Nations in Geneva to discuss the transformative role of women in society and politics as a key component of democracy and good governance.

Read more here
For further information:
Office of MEP Lívia Járóka: +32-228-47218
* Strasbourg Court Holds that Hungary Violated Roma Rights to Education
On 29 January 2013, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) issued its judgment in Horváth and Kiss vs Hungary, in which it ruled on the case of two Roma applicants who claimed that Hungary had violated their rights under Article 2 of Protocol No. 1 (right to education) read with Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination) of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR). The Court found that Hungary had indirectly discriminated against the applicants on the ground of their Roma origin in relation to their right to education in part because its procedures for identifying children with mental disabilities to be sent to remedial schools disproportionately impacted on the Roma in an unjustifiable way.

Read the Court judgment here
* Roma rap against Czech 'practical schools'
Human rights groups accuse Czech authorities of placing a disproportionately high number of Roma, or gypsy, children into schools for the learning disabled. A group of young Roma rappers is working to change that.
Nebud Dilino is the name of a song by a young Romani foursome called United Gipsy Crew, and it's currently making waves on YouTube and Facebook. It's a catchy tune - the video is cool and professional - but within it there's a very a serious message.

Read more here.
* The Flood? Western Europe Fearful of Eastern Immigration
By Stefan Simons and Carsten Volkery

British, French and German politicians are all sounding the alarm. In 2014, Romanian and Bulgarian citizens will be given free movement within Europe's labor market. They are concerned about a wave of immigration, yet most of those who want to head west likely already have.

Read more here.
*  PM promises employment policy for Roma people in Romanian factories
Romania will work to improve the inclusion of the Roma community in education and work, said the PM Victor Ponta during his trip to France. But added that the process would take “years.”

 22/02/2013 - PM Ponta has been visiting France, meeting President Francois Hollande and other French officials. The economic situation in Europe and the ongoing horse meat scandal have been among the topics of debate.

Read more here.
* UNDP Europe and the CIS Bratislava Regional Center presents the next paper from the Roma series devoted to the housing situation of Roma.

When we talk about Roma housing, many of us might imagine substandard shacks in a segregated and poor part of a village.

The survey data show that this image is a reality for many Roma across Central and Southeastern Europe. Leaking roofs, no access to utilities mainly due to inability to pay bills, and the threat of eviction. Overall poor housing conditions is the everyday reality for a large number of marginalized Roma.

Read more:

Introductory blog
Short analysis
Policy brief on housing
Full document

For more information contact: Andrey Ivanov,  Senior Policy Advisor, Human Development and Roma Inclusion,  UNDP, Europe and the CIS,  Bratislava Regional Centre, Grosslingova 35, 81109 Bratislava, Slovak Republic,  tel  +421 2 59337 431,   fax + 421 2 59337 450  www europeandcis.undp.org/poverty

* Hate Crime Monitoring Guidelines by CEJI
Collecting data, analysing it and reporting on hate crime can provide communities and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) with a powerful tool with which to present their concerns to government, law enforcement, media and others. Credible data provides the facts needed to advocate for improved public policies which, in turn, both act to prevent and to combat hate crime and provide services which respond to the needs of victims of hate crime and hate-motivated incidents.

Read more here.
* Slovakia: Two settlement children die in the ruins of an unoccupied building
Lomnička, Slovakia, 26.2.2013
The Slovak Republic Press Agency (Tisková agentura Slovenské republiky - TASR) reports that two children died just after 12 PM yesterday in the village of Lomnička (Stará Ľubovňa district). The children were buried by the collapsed ruins of an unoccupied building in their settlement.

Read more here.
* Czech Education Ministry to research number of children educated as disabled
Prague, 26.2.2013
News server iDNES.cz reports that the Czech Education Ministry wants to find out how many pupils are being taught according to an educational program for children with "light brain dysfunction". The Czech Republic has long faced criticism that it enrolls large numbers of Romani pupils into what were once called the "special schools" who do not belong there. Better record-keeping is one step toward correcting the situation.

Read more here.
* European Commission Recommendation “Investing in children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage”
The European Commission published a recommendation “Investing in children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage” which specifically encourages to ensuring “a focus on children who face an increased risk due to multiple disadvantage such as Roma children.”

You can read the recommendation here.


* CCME Final European Conference "Tolerance, Pluralism and Social Cohesion: Responding to the Challenges of the 21st Century in Europe" - 6-7.03.2013, Brussels
The conference will discuss the results of the research project ACCEPT Pluralism and will be in Brussels on 6-7 March 2013 at the Euroflat hotel. In the afternoon of 6 March one part will be in the European Parliament.
* European Commission Conference "From pilots to outcomes"- 15.03.2013, Brussels
This conference is organised by the European Commission Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme, and will focus on evidence-based lessons on socio-economic inclusion for Roma communities.The conference will be also streamed on the internet. If you would like to follow it on line or join the sessions in Moldava nad Bodvou, Slovakia,in person, send a message to jaroslav.kling@undp.org. 

For more info go here
* Launch of the European Alliance of Cities and Regions for Roma Inclusion - 20.03.2013, Strasbourg
The Launch will take place during the 24th Session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe on 20 March 2013 in Strasbourg, France at the end of the plenary debate on the issue of social exclusion at local and regional level and will be followed by a reception and a concert, co-organised with one of the founding participants of the Alliance - the city of Strasbourg.
* FSG Conference "Working with Roma families- a key towards the success of their children at school" - 21.03.2013, Brussels
The provisional agenda of the conference is available here
For more information, please contact marta.hernandez@gitanos.org
Register by 15.03.2013
* The Gypsy Lore Society Annual Meeting and Conference on Gypsy Studies - 12-14.09.2013, Glasgow, Scotland
Registration for the 2013 Gypsy Lore Society Annual Meeting is now open. Papers on any aspect of Gypsy/Romani Studies are most welcome. Please send abstracts via e-mail attachment (maximum 500 words) to the program chair, Dr Colin Clark, c.r.clark@strath.ac.uk. Submissions should include the author’s name, institutional affiliation (if relevant), address, daytime telephone and e-mail address. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is May 31, 2013 and you will be notified if your paper has been accepted by June 30th, 2013. Please address all conference inquiries to Dr Colin Clark, at the address below, or call 07826068961 or e-mail c.r.clark@strath.ac.uk.
ODIHR Annual Report on Hate Crime
The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is now preparing the 2012 annual report on hate crimes. The report provides an overview of data collected on hate crimes, and of responses to hate crimes. It will be launched on 15 November, 2013 the day before International Tolerance Day.

As in previous years, ODIHR encourages submissions from non-governmental organizations and has compiled information to assist NGOs. Information should be sent to tndinfo@odihr.pl no later than 5 April 2013 indicating in the subject line "HCR 2012 (NAME OF YOUR ORGANIZATION)". For more information about ODIHR and hate crime visit http://tandis.odihr.pl.

More information can be found here.
Sample format for collecting information on Hate Crimes can be found here.
*  World Premiere of the Documentary “BROKEN SILENCE” - Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 12:30 Theater aan het Spui in The Hague (Spui 187).

The film has been selected for the International Movies that Matter Film Festival in The Hague and will be screened with English subtitles.
To register, reply this mail, or mail to: info@solfilmprodukties.nl
Raoul the Zwart, producer and Bob Entrop, director
* European Commission multimedia competition “Migrants in Europe”
The European Commission is organising a multimedia competition titled “Migrants in Europe”. The deadline for entries in the competition is 21 June 2013. The objective of the competition is to sensitise young communication professionals and the media to a more balanced view of migration and immigrants.
Works can be submitted in three categories; poster, photo and video.
Students attending arts, graphic, communication and journalism schools in all of EU and Croatia can participate. The schools are to submit their students’ creations.  The prize is 10.000€ for each of the three categories plus one public prize.

Find out more here.
* OSCE/ODIHR vacancy: Trainers on European Integration for Young Roma Professionals (multiple locations in the Western Balkans)
OSCE/ODIHR seeks trainers on European Integrations for the purpose of raising competence of 25 Young Roma Professionals within the project "Best Practice for Roma Integration".

Find out more here.
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