9581[S-R] Re: Roma?
- Mar 24, 2004---Roms were originally from India from what I understand. They
migrated across Europe and have their own language.
Does your husband have family in Kansas? I went to school with some
In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "Jackie and Mike Kadlec"
> Hi all, I am curious about this e-mail that was about the Romas. Ibelieve
> they are what we have all been told as Gypsies, correct? What Idon't
> understand is the culture involved. Can anyone give me anywebsites or
> general information of what is going on? I know little about theculture in
> the Czech Republic and Slovakia and would appreciate anyinformation that
> could be given or any websites that could offer some insight. Ifigure that
> any information might be able to help me with tracking down myhusband's
> family and the conditions that they lived in during the 1800'swhile they
> lived in Bohemia. Thanks.insist
> -----Original Message-----
> From: amiak27 [mailto:rmat@p...]
> Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2004 8:16 AM
> To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [S-R] Re: Roma?
> I will think more highly of the critics when they open their own
> borders to the free transit & settlement of Roma. Until that time
> they are running an academic exercise, criticizing the Slovaks for
> not solving problems they, themselves are not willing to face.
> Since Slovakia wishes to join the EU, then let the EU open the
> borders to free transit for free citizens and at the same time
> that Slovakia meet minimum standards of EU. Then criticism will betoday,
> I see the article as pure propaganda for a perceived cause.
> --- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "Mark Ranchik" <ranchik@p...>
> > What do you make of this article?
> > http://www.ihf-hr.org/viewbinary/viewhtml.php?doc_id=5367
> > Text included here for ease of reading:
> > ----------------------------------------------------------
> > Roma in Slovakia: Discrimination, Inequality, Neglect
> > Bratislava and Vienna, 16 March 2004 - In a press conference
> > the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF) andprinciples
> > Slovak Helsinki Committee (SHV) expressed their concerns at the
> > failure of the Slovak government to respect human rights
> > and standards before and in the context of the series of riotsand
> > recently conducted by members of the Roma community in Central
> > Eastern Slovakia.force
> > The riots emerged in February, in reaction to the entry into
> > a new Slovak law on social benefits (Amendment no. 45/2004 to the
> > no. 195/1998 on Social Aid). The IHF and the SHV are concerned
> > parts of this law have a clearly discriminatory intent, such as ahighly
> > provision limiting financial help to large families, which in
> > Slovakia are mostly present among the Roma community. These
> > would see their benefits reduced after the fourth child -- a
> > questionable, discriminatory policy.against
> > The IHF and the SHV stressed the failure of the state, over the
> > decade, to appropriately address widespread discrimination
> > the Roma population, in spite of expectations that improvementscommunity,
> > be brought before the country's entry into the European Union.
> > No significant steps have been undertaken to develop a
> > strategy vis-à-vis the problems of the large Slovak Roma
> > and to address the growing anti-Roma sentiment that has followedenergies
> > February events. "Discrimination, inequality, and neglect of the
> > question continue, while the authorities concentrate their
> > into countering the alleged damage caused by the Roma onSlovakia's
> > image abroad", said Aaron Rhodes, IHF Executive Director.permits
> > Discrimination against the Roma population in Slovakia has been
> > rampant for many years, and was only exacerbated by the new law.
> > Racial segregation, including depriving Roma from residence
> > in a number of Slovak towns and other unofficial measures carriedplacing
> > by local authorities and apartment owners, have led to the
> > isolation of Roma in slum settlements lacking the minimum modern
> > utilities. The extremely high unemployment rate, which the Slovak
> > authorities often put on account of the "Roma culture" and other
> > stereotypes, is largely due to widespread racial discrimination,
> > e.g. local employment offices accepting to post job announcements
> > stating that Roma would not be considered. The practice of
> > segregating Roma pupils in special neighbourhood schools or
> > them in schools for children with developmental disabilitiesand
> > a burning issue raised regularly by the European Roma Rights
> > an IHF cooperating organisation.
> > Concerned about reports of abuse committed by the large police
> > military forces deployed in the context of the February riots,the
> > IHF and the SHC are calling upon the state to carry out proper,death
> > independent investigations into these abuses. The case of the
> > of Radoslav Puky is of particular concern for both organisations,investigations
> > which are urging the authorities to carry out proper
> > into the circumstances of the death and to establish anindependent
> > committee in charge of the civil supervision of the investigativeemail to
> > results.
> > Urgent steps must be undertaken by the authorities to address the
> > increasing intolerance within the majority Slovak population
> > Roma people.
> > For more information:
> > Aaron Rhodes, IHF Executive Director: +43-1-408 88 22 or +43-676-
> > 6612
> > Ingrid Baumannova, SHC Executive Director: +421-2-5296 8875
> > Henriette Schroeder, IHF Press Officer: +43-676-725 4829
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