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Latcho Drom en romaní significa buena suerte y buen viaje. Latcho Drom es un proyecto que quiere documentar a traves de la imagen fija, el viaje de la musica gitana desde el Rajastan hasta España . El proyecto finalizá con la publicación de un libro que se distribuirá entre todos sus protagonistas.
Latcho Drom means good luck and good riddance in Romani. Latcho Drom is a project that wants to document the journey of Romani music from Rajastan to Spain through a series of images. The project will end with the publication of a book, which will be distributed among all those involved.
Europe’s Roma are paying a high price amid the spiralling economic crisis, the head of the Council of Europe said Tuesday, warning that many more were likely to head westward as conditions deteriorate in the East.
“Minorities in Europe are coming under a lot more pressure than they have in a long time,” Thorbjoern Jagland said in an interview with AFP ahead of an address at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
“The tensions are really growing,” he said, speaking in his native Norwegian.
“Many more Roma will be coming westward because the situation is so dire where they live” in the East, he said, pointing out that “when times are rough, it is the minorities who often suffer the most from economic hardship.”
At the same time, the Roma are often used as scapegoats in countries facing crisis, with other inhabitants blaming them for taking low-wage jobs or receiving benefits.
The situation is worst in countries where the majority of Roma live, such as Romania and Bulgaria, said Jagland, who is also the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee that hands out the prestigious peace prize.
Romania has the biggest Roma minority in Europe with 620,000 people, according to the latest official census more than two million, according to NGOs while as many as 700,000 Roma live in Bulgaria.
Most live in poverty and suffer severe discrimination in the employment and health care sectors.
“When you see the conditions Roma are living in here in Western Europe and they say that it is better than where they came from you start getting an idea of what conditions are like back home,” Jagland said.
But tensions are also growing in Western countries, which increasingly are becoming unwilling hosts for impoverished Roma seeking a better life.
And when EU migration rules are relaxed on January 1, 2014, many more are likely to make the trip, Jagland said.
“I think there is reason now to send out a warning to all countries in Europe about what they have in store,” he said, cautioning that “this situation with the Roma can become very uncomfortable in Europe.”
The 47-member state Council of Europe has noted growing tensions in a number of German cities and in France, where nearly 12,000 ethnic Roma were evicted from makeshift camps last year.
Jagland stressed the need for Western countries to prepare for an influx of Roma and to improve conditions for those already in those countries, but lamented that many seem reluctant to do so.
He said despite the glaring needs of Roma both in eastern and western Europe, governments were barely tapping into the funds the European Commission makes available to help such populations.
“This should be a political priority, but countries are not using the funds available. I don’t know why. Probably because it is not very popular to do things for the Roma,” he said.
Not all is bleak however. Jagland emphasised that Spain was a good example of how a country can successfully integrate Roma.
“The Roma there are accepted as regular citizens. The children go to school. They are involved in cultural life,” he said, pointing out that Roma did not seem to be disproportionately affected by Spain’s deep economic crisis.
That is not the case in many other countries, he said, cautioning that Europe seems to be headed towards a new period “of inherited prejudices that come to the surface in a hateful way when social conditions deteriorate.”
The Russian Federation’s government in 2013 intends to begin improving the image of Roma and their process to socio-economic integration. The cabinet has already approved a comprehensive plan that will incorporate the ethnic group in a number of cultural, educational and business projects.The newspaper “Известия” (Proceedings) writes on 20 February.
According to a government source, this is the only “comprehensive ethnic-oriented programme” in Russia. “There is not such a programme for other ethnicities. Roma, especially, are adrift and in need of care in the nation-state”, said the newspaper.
The document provides the establishment of television films and programmes, which will tell the history of the Russian Roma and the “problems of integrating into a modern society”. In addition, the government will organise a press conference with Roma leaders from the autonomies.
The ministry of regional development and the regional governors have mandated to help the Roma that would like to do business. Potential entrepreneurs will be trained and advised. In addition, Roma businessmen will receive benefits on the receipt of communication channels and the purchase of office equipment. Free legal advice centres will be open for them; however, for those without documents, there will be a simplified process organised to issue passports.
A separate unit of government will be designed to address the problem of neglect and lack of education of Roma children. A special alphabet-learning-book will be developed to help teach them the Russian language. Younger students will receive textbooks on the Romani language. In placed where Roma live, youth clubs will be opened, which will teach traditional crafts, such as the blacksmith business, horse breeding, sewing, embroidery and weaving.
The documentation notes that under the members of the Roma community, there will be tightened control to help stop the spread of drugs.
According to the national census of 2010, there are more than 200 thousand Roma living in Russia.
A workshop on reducing stereotypes and prejudices between Roma and non Roma in Razgrad region was organized by Integro Association and regional administration of Razgrad on 29 and 30 of January 2013. Members of 6 municipality administrations, local councilors, servants of public services and Roma NGO activists came together to discuss the situation and indentify the main problems of Roma population from the region.
The workshop gave opportunity for identifying and debating the main stereotypes existing of each other among the Roma and non-Roma population as well. Prof. Ilona Tomova from Bulgarian Science Academy’s Institute for population and human studies presented the findings from in-depth interviews and opinion survey, held in 2012 in Razgrad region, on interethnic relationships and attitude towards Roma. One of the main findings of the research was that social distances between ethnic groups in Razgrad are shorter than in the other part of the country. This appears to be an opportunity for reaching real effectiveness in realization of the Roma integration policy in the region.
The event gave opportunity also the participants together to look for possible measures and steps that should be taken by municipalities, NGOs and regional administration in order to tackle the problems faced by Roma community. All this finally contributed for the efficiency of regional strategy planning that is going currently in Razgrad region.
The workshop was one of the three workshops planned in the frame of the project “Identifying and Reducing Prejudices as a Source of Conflict between Roma and Non-Roma Population - Cases of Bulgaria, Italy, Romania, and Slovenia Compared – REDUPRE”, co-finance by the EU fundamental rights and citizenship program.
A People Uncounted tells the true story of the Roma, commonly referred to as Gypsies—a people who have been both romanticized and vilified in popular culture and who have endured centuries of intolerance and persecution in Europe, including an estimated 500,000 who were murdered in the Holocaust.
A People Uncounted documents their colorful but often difficult lives, including how their present state has been shaped by the tragedies of the past. Filmed in 11 countries and featuring dozens of Roma—including Holocaust survivors, historians, activists and musicians—A People Uncounted brings the Romani history to life through the rich interplay of their poetry, music, and compelling first hand accounts.
As ethnic intolerance flares up across Europe, A People Uncounted sheds light on this unique culture while presenting the Roma tale as emblematic of the world’s legacy of racism and genocide.
It said in a statement: “We condemn the refusal of the municipality to admit children in a school canteen, which forces them to return home by foot.”
The makeshift school has “poor hygiene and safety,” the charity said. “School should be a place where children integrate, but some officials have sought to make it a divider.”
The temporary Roma camp in the city is controversial with Mayor Christiane Demontès attempting to have its inhabitants forcibly removed. Approximately 15,000 ethnic Roma, mostly originating from Bulgaria and Romania, live across France.
Comments made by Zsolt Bayer, Confidant and personal friend of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
(…) The majority of Gypsies is not suited to living in community. Not suited to live amongst humans. These Gypsies are animals, and behave like animals. They immediately want to copulate/fuck with anybody they see. When they encounter resistance they murder.
A founding member of Hungary’s governing Fidesz party has been sharply criticized for writing a newspaper column that contained offensive remarks about the nation’s Roma minority.
Writing about a New Year’s Eve bar fight in which several people were seriously injured and some of the attackers were reportedly Roma, the journalist Zsolt Bayer said “a significant part of the Roma are unfit for coexistence. They are not fit to live among people. These Roma are animals and they behave like animals.”
Bayer’s commentary in Saturday’s Magyar Hirlap newspaper criticized the “politically correct Western world” for advocating tolerance and understanding of Roma, who make up around 7 percent of Hungary’s 10 million people and often are among its poorest and least educated citizens. Roma also are known as Gypsies.
Justice Minister Tibor Navracsics criticized the article on Monday night.
Opposition parties said authorities must decide whether Bayer should be prosecuted for incitement against a minority and urged Fidesz to expel him. If that doesn’t happen, opposition groups have called for a protest on Sunday outside Fidesz headquarters.
However, Fidesz spokeswoman Gabriella Selmeczi said at a news conference Tuesday that the party will not take a position on an opinion piece. “Zsolt Bayer wrote this article not as a politician but as a journalist, and we don’t qualify the opinions of journalists,” Selmeczi said.
Found a website today - Romalgbt - that is (unfortunately for most of my Roma followers) in Czech and is basically a free clinic for people in the Czech Republic. They offer an ear and free counseling to anyone who needs help.
Their tagline says it all: “jsem také člověk” - I am also a person.
They have pages about coming out, places of interest, links and how to contact them. It’s SUCH a great thing to see… Generally, LGBT is considered taboo (marime) by the older generations and we’re not even allowed to talk about it… so this is a great development. For my Czech followers:
“Ahoj holky a kluci,
vítejte na stránkách první romské LGBT (lesbické-gay-bisexuální-transgender) poradny. Proč zrovna romské? Protože i mezi námi jsou příslušníci LGBT menšiny. V našich rodinách je ale tohle téma často tabu a kolikrát nám chybí někdo, s kým bychom si mohli normálně promluvit. I proto jsme založili poradnu, na kterou se můžete kdykoliv anonymně a zcela bezplatně obrátit, pokud:
- řešíte svou sexuální orientaci
- bojíte se reakce rodiny
- bojíte se reakce okolí (kamarádi, spolužáci, pracovní kolektiv)
- vaše rodina už to ví a má s tím problém, včetně toho, že čelíte fyzickému nebo psychickému nátlaku
- jste obětí šikany ve škole nebo na pracovišti
- řešíte jakýkoliv jiný problém, který souvisí s LGBT tematikou
Jak nás můžete kontaktovat?
Nejlépe e-mailem na adresu uvedenou v kontaktech. Záleží na vás, jestli dáváte přednost písemné nebo osobní komunikaci. Můžete nám svůj problém popsat, anebo jen mailem poslat telefonní číslo a my se vám ozveme.
Sami jsme prožili něco podobného co možná prožíváte teď vy, tak se nestyďte a klidně se ozvěte, jsme tu pro vás.”
(54# Czech Republic) Elena Gorolová: Why she kicks ass
“Everything is possible, where there is a will”
She is the spokesperson for the Group of Women Harmed by Forced Sterilization in the Czech Republic, who has broken not only Czech but also Roma gender stereotypes, by speaking out in public about her experience as a survivor of forced sterilisation and advocating for redress. Her efforts have brought this issue visible at the local, national, and international levels; and were further recognised when the Government of the Czech Republic acknowledged these harms in 2009.
She is also the coordinator of the Human Rights Team of the Ostrava-based nonprofit organization Vzájemné soužití (Life Together) and civil society member of the Czech Government Council for Roma Community Affairs, and is a well known speaker to the UN.
To this day, she has a bitter memory of the critical moment in the delivery room when health care workers gave her a paper to sign and said “Sign this or you will die.” “No one told me what it meant, I was young,” says Gorolová. Doctors sterilised her in 1990 at the age of 21. The doctors decided to sterilise her in the course of her second Caesarean delivery. Two or more Caesarean deliveries, was the most frequent reason cited as a precedent to sterilise.
However, the women harmed by these sterilisations say the problem is that they never gave their informed consent to the surgery, nor were they given any information about sterilisation and what it really meant. Elena is one of eighty-seven (87) women who sent complaints of being forcibly sterilised to the Czech Public Defender of Rights (the ombudsman). In December 2005, in his Final Statement on this issue, the ombudsman accepted that sterilisations performed on Romani women during the communist era had been of a eugenic nature. Both his report and cases litigated by the League of Human Rights now show that illegal sterilisations have continued up until today.
“After our demonstrations, the women had to deal with many local papers writing untrue articles about them,” she said. “On how they were perceived by neighbours, alleging that they owed money, or did not pay rent, or comparing the difference between the states of mind of Romani and non-Romani women when consenting to sterilization.” But the changes they have won have been rewarding. The term “informed consent” is now a part of the vocabulary at hospitals and more women have been coming forward to share their experiences.
“The nurse told me that previously the method had been to tie the tubes, but that some women had become pregnant despite this,” she said. “They didn’t want any more Roma children to be born…I have experienced discrimination since I was a child…they just don’t like the Roma people.”
She strives to create friendly platforms for communication between Roma and non-Roma in Ostrav, and to improve the living conditions of families in need.
On the occasion of Elena Gorolová’s presentation in the UN Committee on 17th August, the Human Rights Team at Life Together organised two significant events: a peaceful meeting in Ostrava and an opening ceremony at the Brno-based Museum of Romani Culture.