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- ----- Original Message -----From: Roma Virtual NetworkSent: Friday, April 10, 2009 5:00 PMSubject: [Romano Liloro] Roma Virtual Network - On-line Bulletin - 11 April 2009ROMA VIRTUAL NETWORKOn-Line Bulletin 11/04/2009General Secretary of IRU: All countries of Southeastern and Central Europe to establish to the Roma national minority the special status
06/04/2009 - Discrimination in the media is a provoking subject. Present to discuss it were: on one side the Roma minority’s representatives and on the other one the journalists. In the middle, PER Regional Center and the National Council of Audiovisual. The result was a debate where the Roma said that sometimes the press discriminates, and the journalists opined that in principle they reflect the reality.
„How can professionalism protect the media against the outside pressures?” „What can the journalists do to improve the ethical standards, especially during periods of social conflicts?” „What is the role of journalists’ unions and associations and of the editorial corporations?” „What formative, editorial and engagement standards are still missing?” These are part of the questions, to which the participants tried to find some answers during the roundtable discussion on „The Freedom of Expression and the Danger of Intolerance in Mass-Media”.Romania: “There is ethnic segregation in several schools from Mures County”
06/04/2009 - Oana Badea, secretary of state in the Ministry of Education, Research and Innovation, stated on Thursday, March 26 in Tirgu Mures that after the visit made in several schools from the county, she noticed that the Roma children are victims of the ethnic segregation, announced NewsIn.
The official visited three schools from Mures County: the elementary school from Valea Rece; the I-VIII classes school from Craciunesti and the one from Gornesti and was very displeased. “The school from Valea Rece (Roma neighbourhood from Tirgu Mures) segregate pupils and the one from Craciunesti doesn’t make any effort to stimulate Roma children to attend the classes.Romania: Half of the salary of an employed person belonging to the minorities will be covered from European funds
06/04/2009 - For employing a representative of the minorities, any company will receive from European funds half of the salary offered to the respective representative. Marian Sirbu, minister of labour, made this announcement last Tuesday.
Any company that has no debts can receive money from the European Social Fund (FSE), if it creates new jobs for unemployed persons, for persons belonging to minorities, who have only high school graduation, are over the age of 50, or have a disability.Bulgaria marks International Roma people day8 April is the international day of the Roma people. The days is declares as such in 1992 by the UN and the European union after a proposal of the International organization “Romano union”.
For the occasion, the ministry of labor and social policy organizes a round table on the topic “European Roma policy and Bulgaria’s place in it”.
Ambassadors from the member countries of “Decade of Roma inclusion 2005-2015” (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Czech republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia and Spain), deputy ministers responsible for the implementation of the initiative, representatives of institutions engaged with the implementation of the National plan for action of the initiative will take part in the round table.
Other participants in the round table will the “Open society” institute, the Commission for protection against discrimination, members of the Council for integration of the Roma people, the National council for cooperation on the ethnic and demographic issues and Roma leaders from Bulgaria.
Bulgarian PM Sergei Stanishev will visit Perushtitza to attend the Municipal festival of the Roma culture, organized for the International day of the Roma people.
Source: bulgarian.ibox.bgMore than half of Roma people in Bulgaria don’t work07/04/2009 - A total of 56.9% of the Roma people in Bulgaria don’t and don’t want to work. This announced yesterday Baki Huseinov, coordinator of the international initiative for the Roma integration during a seminar on the topic “Empowerment of Roma women”. The initiative is related to tomorrow’s International day of the Roma people. It became clear at the seminar that Bulgaria is one of the countries in Europe with highest level of birth rate among the girls of Roma origin.
According to Huseinov the high unemployment among the Roma people exists because of the low education, the lack of skills and the women’s duties in bringing up their many children. Many of those who work are engaged in the grey economy and therefore they don’t have any medical insurance. However, there is a tendency for decrease in the early giving of birth among the Roma women, said at the seminar the Bulgarian minister of labor and social policy Emilia Maslarova.
How to empower Roma women06/04/2009 - The Bulgarian minister of labor and social policy Emiliya Maslarova will open today an international seminar on the topic “Empowering of Roma women in the context of the contemporary social policies – exchange of experience and good practices”.
The beginning of the 2-day seminar is at 10 am in the Center for human resources development and regional initiatives. The aim of the seminar is to put an accent on the creation of equal opportunities for performance and development of the Roma women in the social, political and economic life of the country. This is the first international scale initiative which is initiated by Bulgaria for focusing on the potential of the Roma women for stimulation of the process of social integration of the Roma people.
Read more onFinland: Fear of Discrimination Prevents Roma Day Festivities
Although members of Finland’s Roma minority would like to celebrate Roma day, many say they keep a low profile to avoid drawing attention to themselves. Only in southern Finland's larger cities has Roma day become a tradition.Pescara: Roma families hit by the earthquake are being denied aid and shelter.Pescara, 07/04/2009 - The citizens of Aquila and nearby municipalities hit by the earthquake are mourning their dead. Those left homeless are being offered shelter and aid in hotels and hostels. Many Roma families living in makeshift accommodation were also hit by the earthquake, with the same impartial cruelty, but no shelter is being offered to them and they are being turned away when they approach the civil protection units or the hotels for help.
The authorities have defined the Roma families “vultures” and the Carabinieri of the Provincial Commando of Pescara have set up ”checkpoints” near the assistance structures in order to prevent Roma families seeking shelter. According to them, the Roma families “are trying to take advantage of the tragedy in order to sleep in hotels free of charge”.Source: EveryOne GroupRoma in Italy: "We are not maggots"
08/04/2009 - On 30 March the Guardian newspaper carried an editorial "Italy Fascism’s Shadow", commenting on the merger of Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia with Gianfranco Finis ex-neo fascist Alleanza Nationale party. The newspaper pointed out how, alone of the former axis powers, post-war Italy had never completely confronted its fascist past, concluding that despite the efforts of Fini to distance it from that legacy it remained tainted by that tradition. "A day of shame", it further declared.
Whatever the formal correctness of the argument it takes a remarkable dose of liberal naivity — or cynicism? — to imply that Berlusconi’s part in this exercise was some kind of fall from some hitherto democratic credentials. The is the notoriously ruthless billionaire monopolist of a lying propaganda empire, a convicted criminal associate of the mafia and a one time member of the secret post-war "shadow goverment" of the masonic P2, responsible over thee decades for "counter insurgency" murders and bombings, including the massacre at Bologna railway station in 1981.
Schooling of Roma children in Belgium. The parent's voice
Roma parents give their points of view about their own and their children’s schooling, their problems and their vision of the world (2009)
This publication presents the results of a study commissioned by the King Baudouin Foundation to have a better understanding of Roma parents’ points of view regarding their children’s schooling in Belgium.
Forty-five Roma, with national origins representing almost the totality of Central and Eastern European countries, were interviewed with the help of Roma cultural mediators and asked to express their views about their own and their children’s schooling, the difficulties they face and their vision of the world.Turkey: Roma people mark their day amid Sulukule tragedy09/04/2009 - Yesterday was the International Day of the Roma, which the Roma residents of İstanbul commemorated with mixed feelings as they recently lost the battle to save their neighborhood, Sulukule, from a renovation project being carried out by the Fatih Municipality and the İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality.
"We're mourning instead of holding celebrations," said many Roma people, the majority of whose houses were recently demolished by the Fatih Municipality as part of the renovation project.
The İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality plans to construct 620 new houses, a hotel and a culture and entertainment center in Sulukule. The neighborhood renovation project and the relocation of its inhabitants have drawn the indignation of residents as well as that of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). İstanbul is currently on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is expected to take the necessary steps to protect its historical sites, one of which is the neighborhood of Sulukule.
Immigrants made up 71 Percent of Russia’s Excess of Deaths over Births in 2008, FMS Says
Vienna, 08/04/2009 - (...) Fifty-one percent of Russians dislike Roma, the same figure as for Chechens, Nikolay Bessonov, a specialist on Roma culture, told a roundtable today on the occasion of International Roma Day. And other participants at that meeting described the way in which Russian treat Roma given these attitudes.
Natalya Shkurenok, a specialist at Memorial’s anti-discrimination center, said that guards at a metro station in St. Petersburg after noticing the presence of a group of Roma nearby shouted out, “Be Careful, There are Gypsies!” – using the traditional and from the perspective of the Roma pejorative term for their community.
Shkurenok said that her group had had some success in this case: After Memorial complained to the North capital’s metro management, the guard involved in this incident was stripped of one of the prizes he had been awarded. But after this case was reported via the Internet, many people sent flowers to the female guard as well.Roma in America: Diverse, million-strong community values its cultural identity
Washington, 07/04/2009 - On International Roma Day, attention will be on Europe, where the Romani people have survived centuries of marginalization and persecution. Even today European Roma strive for social parity and economic opportunity. Less widely known are U.S. Roma, whom the Census Bureau numbers at up to a million, dispersed around the U.S., with groupings in places including Texas, California and the Midwest.
Romani people trace their origin to Eastern and Central Europe, but have been negatively stereotyped in the United States and Europe, most often by popular media, as “Gypsies” with presumably anti-social behaviors. Preconceptions have led to prejudice and ethnic profiling, including discriminatory local laws.
International Roma Day celebrates Romani culture and raises awareness of the issues facing the Romani people. April 8 has been set aside for the yearly observance since the time of the fourth World Romani Congress, held in Poland in 1990. The United States on this day also calls for respect of the human rights of Roma.
ANNOUNCEMENTSConsultant for Final Evaluation of Minority Populations Project in KosovoVacancy for Consultancy for Final Evaluation of Minority Populations Project "Empowerment of Roma, Ashkaeli and Egyptian communities in Kosovo"
07/04/2009 - CARE International Kosovo (CIK) would like to contract the services of an individual/organization to undertake a final evaluation of the effects and impact of the "Empowerment of Roma, Ashkaeli and Egyptian Communities in Kosovo" Project in terms of its contribution in addressing some of the causes underlying the discrimination and exclusion of the Roma, Ashkaeli and Egyptian (RAE) minority population in Kosovo. The project tackles a number of critical factors that prevent their stabilisation and re-integration into Kosovo society such as their unequal access to health and education services, poverty of income and unemployment, and the lack of strong and effective civil society organizations with the capacity to advocate for the fulfillment of their needs, concerns and expectations. The project is being implemented in the Regions of Prishtinë/Pristina, Pejë/Pec, Gjilan/Gnjilane and Mitrovicë/Mitrovica and had a significant rely and cooperation with municipal government authorities.
OSI FellowshipThe Open Society Fellowship supports individuals seeking innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges. The fellowship funds work that will enrich public understanding of those challenges and stimulate far-reaching and probing conversations within the Open Society Institute and in the world.
A fellow's contribution may take several forms. A fellowship project might identify a problem that has not previously been recognized, develop new policy ideas to address familiar problems, or offer a new advocacy strategy. Fellows should take advantage of the considerable intellectual and logistical resources of the Open Society Institute in carrying out their projects.
More details are available on: http://www.soros. org/initiatives/ fellowshipEderlezi celebration in Perth Western Australia04/04/2009 - For more info, a bigger picture of the poster and more news from Australia go to http://www.sintiromanicommunity.orgAuthor: Yvonne SleeRoma Virtual Network (RVN) is a public organization affiliated with the International Romani Union (IRU). It is aimed to provide the international Roma community and related non-Roma organizations with useful information on Roma issues in variety of languages via the Internet. The activity of RVN actively helps facilitate the cooperation and exchange of information within Roma organizations and individuals, between Roma and non-Roma organizations and individuals and also between Roma civil society and official institutions. It relates with the variety of Roma-related political, cultural, economic and social issues on local and international levels. It is aimed to support the improvement of the Roma situation in Europe and other regions of the world.Roma Virtual Network (RVN) is officially recognized and registered as public organization (No. 580478410) according to the decision of Certification Organizations Registry within the Israeli Ministry of Justice.
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