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* ERIO Press release: It's urgent to take a strong stance against anti-Gypsyism
Brussels, 27/01/2016 - On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, ERIO remembers the victims and survivors of the Nazi regime. We call for the safeguard of Europe’s diversity and for European and national leaders to take a strong stance against anti-Gypsyism. Read our full statement here.

Watch the DVD "The untold story: Roma and Sinti Holocaust" done for the MemoROM project. It includes 5 short videos with interviews with Sinti Holocaust survivors as well as with experts on the topic. Subtitles are available in several languages.

MemoRom website: http://www.romasintiholocaust.eu/en

OTHER news

* EU tribunal to try crimes against minorities in Kosovo
By NEOline, IR

The process is seen as part of a truth and reconciliation effort for the unity of Kosovo.
The Dutch government announced on Friday that a special tribunal in The Hague will try crimes allegedly committed by the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) against the Serbian minority. The tribunal will be known as the Kosovo Relocated Specialist Judicial Institution, in which international judges will apply Kosovo law. Proceedings will be funded by the EU. Cooperation with the tribunal will be a condition for Kosovo’s negotiations for any further EU integration talks and those convicted will be jailed in Kosovo.
KLA is an Albanian guerrilla group that fought the Federal Yugoslav army in the 1998-1998 war of independence of Kosovo, which had more than 10,000 casualties. NATO intervened in 1999 with an 11-week air strike support to KLA, responding to reports of massacres against ethnic Albanian civilians. The tribunal will focus on alleged crimes against ethnic Serb and Roma civilians, as well as their cultural monuments.
Read more here
* It’s time to end ‘the last acceptable racism’ – against Gypsies and Travellers
By Mike Doherty

Gypsies and Travellers are in the news again, and for all the wrong reasons. After last year’s revelations about a secret Facebook group where serving and retired Metropolitan police officers swapped insults about “fucking pikeys”, allegations have surfaced of holiday camp operators having “Traveller blacklists”. So now seems like a good time to take stock of what is often called “the last acceptable racism”.

Met police officers 'used racist Facebook group'  The facts and figures are stark. Nine out of 10 Gypsy and Traveller children have suffered racial abuse, and two-thirds of children from Traveller groups have also been bullied or physically attacked. A 2004 report from Stonewall listed some common prejudices: “It was argued that these groups did not conform to the system by paying taxes, they had a reputation for unreliable business practices and they did not respect private property. They were also criticised… for not belonging to a community and allegedly having a negative impact on the environment: for example, they are unsightly, dirty or unhygienic.”

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* World Bank: Equal Opportunity for Marginalized Roma - the Foundation of Inclusive Growth in Aging Europe
By World Bank

The Roma are one of Europe’s largest ethnic minorities. While many Roma achieve success in their professional and civic lives, far too many others are among the region’s poorest and most vulnerable people – often facing pervasive poverty, exclusion, and discrimination.
Leveling the playing field for Roma populations is a necessary pre-requisite for European societies to attain shared prosperity and inclusive growth. A new World Bank report, Being Fair, Faring Better: Promoting Equality of Opportunity for Marginalized Roma, focuses on those Roma across the region who are most at risk of being marginalized and looks at ways to improve their access to opportunities.

In the EU member countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) with substantial Roma populations, inequalities between Roma and non-Roma are striking and usually start early in life. Some of these inequalities reflect hard-wired family circumstances. For example, a Roma child is much more likely to grow up in a household at the very bottom of the income distribution, or have parents with little or no education.

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* Holocaust remembrance: Scottish activists speak out against today’s racism
By David Jamieson

Europe is in the throwes of its worst refugee crisis since the second world war
Prominent Scottish anti-racism activists have marked International Holocaust Remembrance day by speaking out against anti-refugee and anti-Roma intolerance.
Amal Azzudin one of the famous 'Glasgow Girls' who made headlines in 2005 by with a campaign to stop the deportation of their classmate, and Iliya Shterev, a representative of the Roma community in Scotland, spoke to CommonSpace about the need to combat modern racism as a form of Holocaust remembrance. Azzudin, who last year visited both the site of Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland and refugee landing points in Greece, told CommonSpace that there are frightening parallels between the persecution of European Jews and the present day refugee crisis.
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* Slovakia: Three children burn to death in Romani settlement
By bau, translated by Gwendolyn Albert

Three children died around in the early morning hours of Sunday in the Romani settlement in the municipality of Lomnička (Stará Ľubovňa district) in eastern Slovakia. A two-year-old boy, four-year-old boy and five-year-old girl tragically burned to death. Their mother managed to save two of their other siblings from the dwelling after it caught fire. As the mother told the JOJ television station, the family was warming themselves using candles in the bitter cold.
The mother says she fell asleep and did not wake up until the room was ablaze. Part of the roof collapsed in the room where the children were sleeping. Their mother managed to drag her oldest and youngest children from the fire. Unfortunately, suspicions that the other three children remained inside were later confirmed.
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* Glasgow leading the way in welcoming Roma population
By Catriona Stewart

Leaders from across Europe are in Glasgow to discover how the city works with its Roma population.  For two days, delegates from local authorities in Romania, Bulgaria, Spain and Hungary will share advice about how to integrate Roma people into local communities. They will hear from Glasgow's social work department, Glasgow City Council, Govanhill Housing Association and a host of other agencies. It is hoped that the conference, part of European Commission scheme RomaNet Works, will inspire those involved to try difference approaches to integration which have proved to be successful elsewhere.

Read more here


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.

Want to apply for membership?
To apply for membership please fill in this registration form and send it to office@erionet.eu
School Drawing Competition: For Roma, with Roma

You are invited to take part in a drawing competition organised by the European Commission for 7-10 year olds. The aim of the competition is to help children, teachers and parents think about what we share that allows us to live together in an inclusive and mixed society.
To enter, work in a group to create a drawing that represents the theme above. Draw your ideas of five ways we are all the same; whether we are Roma or not.

The deadline for the competition is 16 February 2016.
More information can be found here.
EU Action Grants Combating Racism, Xenophobia, Homophobia and Other Forms of Intolerance Deadline: 18 February 2016

The European Union is currently inviting Action Grants supporting transnational projects to prevent and combat racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance. This call for proposals for action grants is based on the 2015 annual work programme of the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (REC Programme). The indicative available budget under this call for proposals is EUR 5.400.000.

Funding Priorities
The proposals under this call will focus on the priorities described below:
  • Best practices to prevent and combat racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance (BEST)
  • Training and capacity building for strengthening criminal responses to hate crime and hate speech (TRAI)
  • Empowering and supporting victims of hate crime and hate speech (VICT)

Eligibility Criteria
  • To be eligible, applications must fulfill all of the following criteria.
  • Applicants and partners must be legally constituted public or private organisations, or international organizations
  • Bodies set up by the European Union falling under Article 208 of the Financial Regulations (EU bodies and institutions) are not eligible for funding and cannot submit applications. They can be associated to an application, but their costs will not be co-financed.Only legally constituted organisations can participate. Natural persons (private individuals) are not allowed to submit applications.
  • Non-profit organisation must be: a legal entity that is by its legal form non-profit-making; or has a legal statutory obligation not to distribute profits to its shareholders or individual members. The provision that profits will not be distributed must be clearly stipulated either in the law or in the statutes of the organisation; decisions on (not) distributing profits made by its managing board, associates, stakeholders, members or representatives are not sufficient proof of the non-profit nature.
  • Eligible country: All EU Member states including Iceland and Liechtenstein.

EU Member Countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

How to Apply Applicants must submit applications via PRIAMOS online system.
For more information, please visit EU Action Grants here.
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