Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

9581[S-R] Re: Roma?

Expand Messages
  • Paula
    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
      Kadlecs.
      paula

      In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "Jackie and Mike Kadlec"
      <mep@t...> wrote:
      > Hi all, I am curious about this e-mail that was about the Romas. I
      believe
      > they are what we have all been told as Gypsies, correct? What I
      don't
      > understand is the culture involved. Can anyone give me any
      websites or
      > general information of what is going on? I know little about the
      culture in
      > the Czech Republic and Slovakia and would appreciate any
      information that
      > could be given or any websites that could offer some insight. I
      figure that
      > any information might be able to help me with tracking down my
      husband's
      > family and the conditions that they lived in during the 1800's
      while they
      > lived in Bohemia. Thanks.
      >
      > Jackie
      >
      > -----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
      insist
      > that Slovakia meet minimum standards of EU. Then criticism will be
      > justified.
      >
      > I see the article as pure propaganda for a perceived cause.
      >
      > Ron
      >
      > --- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "Mark Ranchik" <ranchik@p...>
      > wrote:
      > > 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
      today,
      > > the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF) and
      > the
      > > Slovak Helsinki Committee (SHV) expressed their concerns at the
      > > failure of the Slovak government to respect human rights
      principles
      > > and standards before and in the context of the series of riots
      > > recently conducted by members of the Roma community in Central
      and
      > > Eastern Slovakia.
      > >
      > > The riots emerged in February, in reaction to the entry into
      force
      > of
      > > a new Slovak law on social benefits (Amendment no. 45/2004 to the
      > Act
      > > no. 195/1998 on Social Aid). The IHF and the SHV are concerned
      that
      > > parts of this law have a clearly discriminatory intent, such as a
      > > provision limiting financial help to large families, which in
      > > Slovakia are mostly present among the Roma community. These
      > families
      > > would see their benefits reduced after the fourth child -- a
      highly
      > > questionable, discriminatory policy.
      > >
      > > The IHF and the SHV stressed the failure of the state, over the
      > last
      > > decade, to appropriately address widespread discrimination
      against
      > > the Roma population, in spite of expectations that improvements
      > would
      > > be brought before the country's entry into the European Union.
      > >
      > > No significant steps have been undertaken to develop a
      > comprehensive
      > > strategy vis-à-vis the problems of the large Slovak Roma
      community,
      > > and to address the growing anti-Roma sentiment that has followed
      > the
      > > February events. "Discrimination, inequality, and neglect of the
      > Roma
      > > question continue, while the authorities concentrate their
      energies
      > > into countering the alleged damage caused by the Roma on
      Slovakia's
      > > image abroad", said Aaron Rhodes, IHF Executive Director.
      > >
      > > 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
      permits
      > > in a number of Slovak towns and other unofficial measures carried
      > out
      > > by local authorities and apartment owners, have led to the
      > increased
      > > 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,
      > with
      > > 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
      placing
      > > them in schools for children with developmental disabilities
      > remains
      > > a burning issue raised regularly by the European Roma Rights
      > Centre,
      > > an IHF cooperating organisation.
      > >
      > > Concerned about reports of abuse committed by the large police
      and
      > > military forces deployed in the context of the February riots,
      the
      > > IHF and the SHC are calling upon the state to carry out proper,
      > > independent investigations into these abuses. The case of the
      death
      > > of Radoslav Puky is of particular concern for both organisations,
      > > which are urging the authorities to carry out proper
      investigations
      > > into the circumstances of the death and to establish an
      independent
      > > committee in charge of the civil supervision of the investigative
      > > results.
      > >
      > > Urgent steps must be undertaken by the authorities to address the
      > > increasing intolerance within the majority Slovak population
      > towards
      > > Roma people.
      > >
      > >
      > > For more information:
      > > Aaron Rhodes, IHF Executive Director: +43-1-408 88 22 or +43-676-
      > 635
      > > 6612
      > > Ingrid Baumannova, SHC Executive Director: +421-2-5296 8875
      > > Henriette Schroeder, IHF Press Officer: +43-676-725 4829
      >
      >
      >
      > To unsubscribe from this group, go to
      > http://www.yahoogroups.com/group/SLOVAK-ROOTS -or- send blank
      email to
      > SLOVAK-ROOTS-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com
      > Yahoo! Groups Links
    • Show all 6 messages in this topic