February 17, 2012
Madrid, Spain
A Spanish Gypsy boy tries to gets his father’s attention while he watches an excavator demolish their home at the Puerta de Hierro neighbourhood (via guardian.co.uk)

Madrid, Spain

A Spanish Gypsy boy tries to gets his father’s attention while he watches an excavator demolish their home at the Puerta de Hierro neighbourhood (via guardian.co.uk)

February 6, 2012
PhotoMythology - Romani Gypsies

golden-zephyr:

This series of photographs and  images are a visual  story of the Romani  I have known and their struggle to maintain Tradition in the face of Modernity and ongoing racism and persecution. HIghlighting children from California to the Camp lands of Italy and France,  these images represent over twenty five years of our relationship. My intention has been to see beyond the stereotype of “Gypsy” which limits our understanding of the Roma.



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January 8, 2012
March commemorates young Romany shot dead in Czech town
About 200 people attended today´s funeral of a young Romany man who was shot dead in Tanvald a week ago, and a following march in his commemoration, which ended without any incidents in the afternoon.
After a requiem mass in the local church, accompanied by strong emotions, the crowd followed the coffin on its way to the Tanvald cemetery, from which most participants set off for the place where the 22-year-old man died to observe a minute of silence and lit candles.
Police officers, including an anti-conflict team, monitored the funeral’s course.
They closed the place of the young man´s death during the commemorative event. That is why the site remained closed to a group of people who wanted to protest against the uproar following the Romany´s death.
"He was far from innocent, they [Romanies] must know that we will defend ourselves, we will not allow ourselves to be robbed and attacked easily. We have children and we are starting to fear letting them walk in the streets," a man from the group of critics told CTK.
Tension between the majority population and Romanies, whose number has been rising, has escalated in Tanvald, a town with 7,000 inhabitants, recently. Romanies have moved there from elsewhere in the Czech Republic and also from Slovakia. (via ČeskéNoviny.cz)

March commemorates young Romany shot dead in Czech town

About 200 people attended today´s funeral of a young Romany man who was shot dead in Tanvald a week ago, and a following march in his commemoration, which ended without any incidents in the afternoon.

After a requiem mass in the local church, accompanied by strong emotions, the crowd followed the coffin on its way to the Tanvald cemetery, from which most participants set off for the place where the 22-year-old man died to observe a minute of silence and lit candles.

Police officers, including an anti-conflict team, monitored the funeral’s course.

They closed the place of the young man´s death during the commemorative event. That is why the site remained closed to a group of people who wanted to protest against the uproar following the Romany´s death.

"He was far from innocent, they [Romanies] must know that we will defend ourselves, we will not allow ourselves to be robbed and attacked easily. We have children and we are starting to fear letting them walk in the streets," a man from the group of critics told CTK.

Tension between the majority population and Romanies, whose number has been rising, has escalated in Tanvald, a town with 7,000 inhabitants, recently. Romanies have moved there from elsewhere in the Czech Republic and also from Slovakia. (via ČeskéNoviny.cz)

December 20, 2011
Photo Alba Escayo

Photo Alba Escayo

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December 16, 2011

Stop Gender inequality in Roma communities

Model the situation as it looks gender inequalities in marginalized Roma communities. The document consists of hexagonal scene, analysis expert on gender equality and slogans Roma celebrities.
produced by: Gipsy Television http://www.gipsytv.eu

(source: TheGipsyTV)

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December 15, 2011
Czech Republic: pub owners must apologise for baseball bat with racist text

The owners of a pub in Hojsova Straz, west Bohemia, have to apologise to a Romany man for having placed a baseball bat with the text Against Gypsies in the pub, the Prague High Court ruled yesterday.

The Romany man rightly considered the presence of the bat in the pub discriminatory and an attack on his ethnic group, the court said.

However, the court did not adjudge the financial compensation of 150,000 crowns to him that he had demanded.

The Romany man filed a lawsuit for the protection of the person, but lower instance courts rejected it, arguing that this was not any discrimination, a racist attack or harassment over ethnic group and the colour of skin. (via Prague Monitor)

December 13, 2011
Italian girl’s rape claim sparks arson attack on Gypsy camp
A 16-year-old Italian girl whose claim that she was raped by Gypsies prompted a furious mob to launch an arson attack on a Turin Roma camp has admitted to police that she invented her story.
Hundreds of residents of the deprived Turin suburb of Vallette took to the streets on Saturday to protest after the girl, who has not been named, claimed she had been dragged behind a building and raped by two Gypsy men.
A splinter group of around 50 residents then marched towards a nearby camp where they reportedly called for all women and children to leave before throwing firecrackers and setting fire to caravans, shacks and cars.
Police officers evacuated the camp moments before the group arrived and no injuries were reported, but fire crews were unable to prevent the camp being destroyed.
The girl’s brother, who initially backed her story, arrived with police as the flames grew to announce his sister had confessed to inventing the episode, but his appeal to call off the attack came too late.
Italian daily La Repubblica reported the girl had promised her family she would remain a virgin until she married and lied about the rape after sleeping with her boyfriend. (via guardian.co.uk)

Italian girl’s rape claim sparks arson attack on Gypsy camp

A 16-year-old Italian girl whose claim that she was raped by Gypsies prompted a furious mob to launch an arson attack on a Turin Roma camp has admitted to police that she invented her story.

Hundreds of residents of the deprived Turin suburb of Vallette took to the streets on Saturday to protest after the girl, who has not been named, claimed she had been dragged behind a building and raped by two Gypsy men.

A splinter group of around 50 residents then marched towards a nearby camp where they reportedly called for all women and children to leave before throwing firecrackers and setting fire to caravans, shacks and cars.

Police officers evacuated the camp moments before the group arrived and no injuries were reported, but fire crews were unable to prevent the camp being destroyed.

The girl’s brother, who initially backed her story, arrived with police as the flames grew to announce his sister had confessed to inventing the episode, but his appeal to call off the attack came too late.

Italian daily La Repubblica reported the girl had promised her family she would remain a virgin until she married and lied about the rape after sleeping with her boyfriend. (via guardian.co.uk)

December 10, 2011

Confronting Hate Crimes Against Roma

http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/discrimination/pages.aspx?id=85 - From 2004 until 2009, Viktória Mohácsi was a member of the European Parliament— one of only two Euro-parliamentarians of Roma origin in a region with as many as 12 million Roma people. Mohácsi lost her seat against a backdrop of rising xenophobia, anti-Roma rhetoric, and antisemitism.

Mohácsi founded Desegregation, an organization in Hungary that monitors and records hate crimes against Roma and presses for stronger government responses to the rising tide of violence there. Mohácsi advocates respect for the human rights of Roma people throughout Europe and, despite death threats against her and her family, has devoted herself to ending the extreme violence, widespread discrimination, hate-filled popular rhetoric, and massive unemployment facing this increasingly vulnerable and marginalized European population.

(source: HumanRightsFirstOrg)

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December 10, 2011
Shot by the Portuguese photographer Bruno Paixão from Faro in Algarve, a small highlight for this wonderful series of portraits of young and old Gipsy’s closeups.
(source: Gipsy Kings Ghettographik Portraits)

Shot by the Portuguese photographer Bruno Paixão from Faro in Algarve, a small highlight for this wonderful series of portraits of young and old Gipsy’s closeups.

(source: Gipsy Kings Ghettographik Portraits)

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December 10, 2011
French Roma policy violates European Social Charter

In a decision of 28 June COHRE v. France, no. 63/2010 [PDF], which was only recently made public, the European Committee of Social Rights has found the French zero tolerance policy towards East European Roma living in illegal camps to be in violation of the European Social Charter. The case, which was lodged by the NGO Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions COHRE , concerns the eviction and expulsion measures announced by French president Sarkozy in the summer of 2010. Hundreds of illegal camps were dismantled and thousands of Roma were expelled to Romania and Bulgaria. Most expulsions took place on a “voluntary” basis, in exchange for the payment of 300 euro per adult and 100 euro per child.

The Committee first considered the complaint under Art. E the principle of non-discrimination in conjunction with Art. 31, § 2 of the European Social Charter. The latter provision concerns the right to housing and particularly requires states to “take measures designed to prevent and reduce homelessness with a view to its gradual elimination.” According to the Committee’s case-law the illegal occupation of a site or dwelling may justify the eviction of illegal occupants. The Committee however requires that the criteria of illegal occupation must not be unduly wide; that the eviction takes place in accordance with the applicable rules of procedure; that these rules are sufficiently protective of the rights of the persons concerned; and that the eviction is carried out in conditions that respect the dignity of the persons concerned. The authorities must moreover take steps to rehouse or financially assist these persons.

The Committee considered that France had failed to demonstrate that the forced evictions were carried out in conditions that respected their dignity, or that the Roma were offered alternative accommodation. Furthermore these evictions took place against a background of ethnic discrimination, Roma stigmatisation and constraint, in the form of the threat of immediate expulsion from France. The Committee attached considerable weight to the fact that a particular ethnic group was explicitly singled out. Therefore the Committee ruled that the evictions constituted a clear and direct discrimination, in violation of Art. E in conjunction with Art. 31, § 2 of the Charter. (via Strasbourg Observers)

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