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PANDEMY OF ANTIGYPSISM-2020

 

The Year 2020 will remain in our memory as pandemic Covid-19 year, unfortunately as well as year of pandemy of rasism and discrimination.

 

Thus, in May 2020, the Afro-American George Floyd was killed, which led to a wave of struggle for the equality of Afro-Americans in the United States, and again underlined the daily presence of institutional, ie, systemic discrimination.

On the same day that Floyd was killed by members of the American police, a Roma boy was beaten by French police in the suburbs of Paris in France. Although many Roma organizations reported the case, the wave of anti-discrimination against Roma by the system, but also by individuals, was unfortunately absent. The case is simply covered up.

There are daily cases of racism against Roma throughout Europe throughout 2020. There is no public reaction against antigypsism. There are flagrant examples of racism and violence against Roma throughout the Balkans, and it is simply a race to see who will attack Roma more or less.

Thus, in the middle of Belgrade, in Serbia, a Roma couple was beaten in public transport, on a bus, apparently the whole bus (about 60 passengers),has seen it,  with the epilogue that the official eyewitness was only one girl.

In Croatia, after the horrors of the earthquake and the disaster that this natural force inflicted on people and property, human evil also awoke, and the news that Roma were stealing from houses in the earthquake-stricken area spread like wildfire on social networks.

Also, in Macedonia, 30.12.2020. a new attack on Roma took place in the middle of Skopje, at a bus station. A Roma was verbally attacked, and his minor child (estimated to be no more than 7 years old) was present, visibly frightened and upset.

The Minority Initiative (Roma political party in the process of establishment) and the European Roma Organization appeal to the relevant institutions in the European Union, but also individually in all European Union countries, as well as in European countries to systematically, in practice, not only declaratively, through laws, for the permanent eradication of discrimination against Roma.

The Roma are equal and full citizens of all countries on the European continent and the protection of their rights should not be declarative, but essential, as is the protection of every other citizen of any country in Europe.

The European Union, and especially some members of the Union, should never forget the responsibility towards the Roma in Europe, given the Holocaust of the Roma in World War II, the victims of Roma civilians, where many questions remain, modern Europe should not turn its head away from new Roma victims and from the pro-fascist forces that are still operating today, as a rule, they always test the Roma first.

We believe in the readiness of citizens and institutions across Europe to tackle discrimination and racism, and that anti-discrimination protests against Afro-Americans in the United States are not just a political farce, but have their consequences in improving the daily lives and status of Europe’s most discriminated people. – Rome.

 

PANDEMIJA ANTICIGANIZMA-2020

 

Protekla 2020. godina osim sto ce ostati upamcena po pandemiji Covid-19, nazalost, ostace i  po pandemiji rasizma i diskriminacije.

Tako je u maju 2020. ubijen Afroamerikanac Dzordz Flojd, sto je povuklo za sobom talas borbe za ravnopravnost Afroamerikanaca u Sjedinjenim americkim drzavama, i ponovo podvuklo svakodnevno prisustvo institucionalne, tj, sistemske diskriminacije.

Istog dana, kada je ubijen Flojd od strane pripadnika americke policije, u Francuskoj u predgradju Pariza od strane francuske policije pretucen je maloletni Rom. Iako su mnoge romske organizacije izvestile o tom slucaju, talas borbe protiv diskrminacije nad Romima od strane sistema, ali i pojedinaca, nazalost je izostao. Slucaj je jednostavno zataskan.

Svakodnevno se nizu slucajevi rasizma nad Romima sirom Evrope tokom cele 2020. godine. Izostaje reakcija protiv od strane javnosti. Flagrantni su primeri rasizma i nasilja nad Romima na celom Balkanu, i prosto je trka u toku ko ce cesce ili vise da napadne Rome.

Tako je u sred Beograda, u Srbiji, prebijen bracni par Roma u javnom prevozu, naocigled punog autobusa (oko 60 putnika), uz epilog da je zvanicni svedok-ocevidac bila samo jedna devojka.

U Hrvatskoj, nakon strahota zemljotresa i nesrece koju je ta prirodna sila nanela i licima i imovini, jos se i ljudsko zlo probudilo pa je kao vatrena stihija socijalnim mrezama protutnjala vest kako Romi kradu po kucama koje se nalaze na, zemljotresom zahvacenom, podrucju.

Takodje, u Makedoniji, 30.12.2020. desio se novi napad na Rome u sred Skoplja, na autobuskoj stanici. Verbalno je napadnut Rom, a i njegovo maloletno dete (po proceni staro ne vise od 7 godina) bilo je prisutno, vidno uplaseno i uznemireno.

Manjinska inicijativa (romska politicka partija u osnivanju) i Evropska Romska Orgnaizacija apeluju na nadlezne institucije u Evropskoj Uniji, ali i pojedinacno u svim zemljama Evropske Unije, kao i zemljama u Evropi da se sistemski, u praksi, ne samo  deklarativno, kroz zakone, opredele za trajno iskorenjavanje diskriminacije nad Romima.

Romi su ravnopravni i punopravni gradjani svih drzava na evropskom kontinentu i zastita njihovih prava ne sme biti deklarativna, vec sustinska, kao sto je zastita svakog drugog gradjanina bilo koje drzave u Evropi.

Evropska unija, a pogotovo pojedine clanice Unije, nikako ne smeju da zaborave odgovornost prema Romima u Evropi, s obzirom na Holokaust Roma u Drugom svetskom ratu, na zrtve Roma civila, gde su jos mnoga pitanja otvorena, savremena Evropa ne sme da okrece glavu od novih romskih zrtava i od profasistickih snaga koje u danas deluju i svoju snagu, kao po pravilu uvek testiraju prvo na Romima.

Verujemo u spremnost gradjana i institucija sirom Evrope da se uhvate u kostac protiv dirkiminacije i rasizma, te da protesti podrske protiv diskriminacije nad Afroamerikancima u SADu, ne budu samo politicka farsa, vec da svoje konsekvence imaju u svakodnevnom poboljsanju zivota i statusa najdiskriminisanijeg naroda u Evropi – Roma.

 

 

CALL FOR EUROPEAN AND INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

Roma are still victims of racism, discrimination, segregation and anti-Gypsyism in the 21st century, a new modern Holocaust against the Roma population and nation, which were victims of German Nazism and their occupiers, fascists, Belgraders, Bulgarian and Hungarian Nazis, Ustashas and Chetniks. in the common part of mass killing in a brutal, inhuman and unreasonable way, and even today the victims who are being persecuted, humiliation / belittling even in modern times. The Roma living in the Ghetto were persecuted by right-wingers who ruled Nazism. Countries that were present and brutally abused and killed the Roma population in the Holocaust should finally acknowledge and correct their sins and mistakes so that the Roma can get a chance to live as a whole nation, whose right-wingers are trying to wipe them off the Earth and try to to change the history which heaven has never been forgotten.

We therefore call on all responsible countries and Germany to take their responsibility and offer assistance to the Roma population so that they can live in dignity and in a way that suits the 21st century.

 

Please do not close your eyes to what has happened in the past and what is happening today.

 

President of the European Roma Organization, Haris Tahirović

LIFE OF ROMA IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF GRAČANICA


In a modest way, a child from the Roma community from Gracanica wanted to introduce himself to our media. A seven-year-old child is playing together with his compatriots in front of the house, in front of the railway in Gracanica, which has not been working for a long time. During this situation with Roma children, our eyes are drawn to the view of dilapidated and old-fashioned houses in this neighborhood, but the fresh color of the painted doors characterizes the mood for life and that life continues. People who cross the street greet us and want to talk about their problems and the hard life they live.

Ragip Ferati talks about the difficult life and problems concerning the Roma community in Gracanica, five hundred (500), families of this community currently living in Gracanica, of which a significant number are displaced from Pristina. Even Mr. Ferati is one of those who was forced to leave his house in Pristina in 1999 and find a temporary stay in one of the camps in Belgrade, but eventually returned from Belgrade, but not in Pristina, but in Gracanica as a refugee.
Ragipi used to work as a barber, but now he does well in any job he finds to survive and barely survives

Ragip Ferati: I have no income or social benefits, I can’t spend anyway, I don’t have bread to eat, since I returned from Belgrade, I don’t work or have other income. For three years since I returned, I have not had the conditions to live. “I returned of my own free will, neither the Red Cross nor the employment agency gave me anything.

Iekhipe: Can you return to Pristina?

Ragip Ferati: “I can, why not, but I don’t have any conditions for return, if I had conditions for return, I would return immediately, this is my birthplace, I was born here and I will live here.”

Roma from Gracanica survive by collecting cans, scrap metal can sometimes be found in some construction works and unloading and loading some construction material. Very few of these Roma feel the social feeling provided by the Serbian government, but there is an educational center run by a Roma NGO in this neighborhood. All the children from the neighborhood gather here after school to continue learning to read and write and some of the cultural activities.
While we were making this report on the life of Roma in Gracanica, 18-year-old Elvis was present near us, where he carefully followed the conversation we had about their difficult life in Gracanica. Elvis only finished five grades of elementary school.

Elvis Salijević: I did not attend school, I made a lot of mistakes because I finished school. I was younger and I didn’t think about schooling, at the moment I have nothing to do and I am unemployed. You are currently working privately, wherever you find a job, sometimes when we are invited to load and unload, sometimes we work in this cage, we load furniture, etc …

Iekhipe: You are 18 now and have you thought about your future?

Elvis Salijević: But I didn’t think, now I have the best years when a person can create something good in his life. But in these conditions, what we have, we cannot have a healthy future. For that reason, I do not want to stay here because I do not have any conditions.


These Roma children and young people in Gracanica, although they live in very difficult conditions and sing hopelessly and look very happy at first sight, need more hope to survive and do not think of leaving their homeland like Elvis.

Appeal

Distinguished representatives of the European Union, the President of the European Parliament, ambassadors, Your Excellency, foundations and others.

 

With great concern, the European Roma Organization, working with its members among the Roma and Sinti, in discussions about the current serious situation and the progress of European strategies as well as the achievement of goals, unfortunately it can be stated that ten steps have been taken back.

Before the beginning of the epidemic, the Roma and Sinti communities, which in the past had discrimination, segregation, anti-Gypsyism, attacks on Roma settlements, all negative trends increased, not decreased. We believe that you yourself have noticed that there has been intolerance between the members of the European Union and third countries such as the Balkans, the strengthening of right-wing options which, through their actions, increase the trend of increased discrimination against Roma. Because it has been established that the Roma and Sinti communities in the countries they come from face serious human rights violations and not equal treatment. Faced with the coronavirus and increased mortality, and left to their own devices, at the mercy of other countries and their health, solidarity, the Roma and Sinti communities have already lost many lives due to the state’s failure to implement the adopted strategy. MP Mr. Franz Romeo. Not to mention who are the most vulnerable members of the Roma sex.

Children in the environment in which they live in the 21st century, without drinking water and electricity and poor living conditions, it is not possible to talk about the suppression of the epidemic, hygiene or education of children at a distance, so our children are treated unequally with other children of the majority nation, which is offered all possible support for distance education, and our children are left to fend for themselves. Faced with social deprivation, trouble and a vicious circle, in a tunnel without the lights on and off.

Attacks on Roma and Sinti by right-wing parties and their supporters, who publish their downfalls in the media, with changes in the law, disrespect for human lives. We wonder where all this is taking us? Without your help, your solidarity, your humanity, we will not be able to achieve our goals in which we have invested a lot of effort, work, set standards, guidelines and the rule of law for a better life for all people in Europe.

In fear of repeating the Holocaust, those who do so without remorse, this heinous act against the Roma and Sinti, are afraid of repeating all this so as not to revive the past that has befallen many peoples. That is why I invite you, ladies and gentlemen, to find a solution together and discuss serious topics that we face every day and we want to talk to you and contribute to the solution with new perspectives. How can we help and prevent such behavior that pretends to lead us into a downfall. Therefore, the European Roma Organization and its members want to work together to address these issues and fears of Roma and Sinti and to work together to help find a solution.

We truly thank you in advance for your response!

President of the European Roma Organization

 

Haris Tahirović

Distance teaching in the Roma language for Roma students from Kosovo

In a modest way, a child from the Roma community from Gracanica wanted to introduce himself to our media. A seven-year-old child is playing together with his compatriots in front of the house, in front of the railway in Gracanica, which has not been working for a long time. During this situation with Roma children, our eyes are drawn to the view of dilapidated and old-fashioned houses in this neighborhood, but the fresh color of the painted doors characterizes the mood for life and that life continues. People who cross the street greet us and want to talk about their problems and the hard life they live.

Ragip Ferati talks about the difficult life and problems concerning the Roma community in Gracanica, five hundred (500), families of this community currently living in Gracanica, of which a significant number are displaced from Pristina. Even Mr. Ferati is one of those who was forced to leave his house in Pristina in 1999 and find a temporary stay in one of the camps in Belgrade, but eventually returned from Belgrade, but not in Pristina, but in Gracanica as a refugee.
Ragipi used to work as a barber, but now he does well in any job he finds to survive and barely survives

Ragip Ferati: I have no income or social benefits, I can’t spend anyway, I don’t have bread to eat, since I returned from Belgrade, I don’t work or have other income. For three years since I returned, I have not had the conditions to live. “I returned of my own free will, neither the Red Cross nor the employment agency gave me anything.

Iekhipe: Can you return to Pristina?

Ragip Ferati: “I can, why not, but I don’t have any conditions for return, if I had conditions for return, I would return immediately, this is my birthplace, I was born here and I will live here.”

Roma from Gracanica survive by collecting cans, scrap metal can sometimes be found in some construction works and unloading and loading some construction material. Very few of these Roma feel the social feeling provided by the Serbian government, but there is an educational center run by a Roma NGO in this neighborhood. All the children from the neighborhood gather here after school to continue learning to read and write and some of the cultural activities.
While we were making this report on the life of Roma in Gracanica, 18-year-old Elvis was present near us, where he carefully followed the conversation we had about their difficult life in Gracanica. Elvis only finished five grades of elementary school.

Elvis Salijević: I did not attend school, I made a lot of mistakes because I finished school. I was younger and I didn’t think about schooling, at the moment I have nothing to do and I am unemployed. You are currently working privately, wherever you find a job, sometimes when we are invited to load and unload, sometimes we work in this cage, we load furniture, etc …

Iekhipe: You are 18 now and have you thought about your future?

Elvis Salijević: But I didn’t think, now I have the best years when a person can create something good in his life. But in these conditions, what we have, we cannot have a healthy future. For that reason, I do not want to stay here because I do not have any conditions.


These Roma children and young people in Gracanica, although they live in very difficult conditions and sing hopelessly and look very happy at first sight, need more hope to survive and do not think of leaving their homeland like Elvis.

Distance teaching in the Roma language for Roma students from Kosovo

Dana  05.01.2021, u 13:00 h. počelo je prvo snimanje “Obrazovanja na daljinu”  za ućenike osnovne škole za učenike prvog nivoa od 2-5 razreda, sa nastavnim planom i programom Ministarstva za Obrazovanja i Nauke Republike Kosovo za Romski jezik.

Materijali koji će biti objavljeni na Javnom Servisu Kosova – Radio Televizija Kosova RTK, gde ćete na vreme biti obavešteni o emitovanju materijala.

Prema planu koji je izradila grupa za snimanje “Obrazovanja na daljinu”,  sa zvaničnicima Ministarstva prosvete i nauke i profesionalne grupe nastavnika i Romskih aktivista, snimaće se  60 nastavne jedinice oko po 5 minuta po jedinici, iz programa nastave romskog jezika i iz plana Romani Chib 1, Romani Chib 2, Romani Chib 3.

Sledeće osoblje je angažovano na snimanju “Obrazovanja na daljinu”,  za romski jezik:

Glavni koordinator Daut Qulangji, Koordinator Avdi Misini, Monitoring Gjizel Shaljani, Romski učitelj Emrah Cermijani, Romska učiteljica Urma Menekshe, Zvaničnik baze podataka Senad Gushani.

Kao glavni koordinator u ovom projektu, veoma sam zadovoljan realizacijom ovog istorijskog događaja za Rome sa Kosova, koji se realizuje u saradnji sa zvaničnicima Ministarstva prosvete i nauke.

Romska deca od 18. januara imaće priliku da pohađaju 60 nastavnih jedinica na romskom jeziku putem mrežne platforme na RTK i Youtube.

Još jednom hvala svim zvaničnicima MPN na čelu sa ministrom prosvete i svima koji su dali svoj doprinos u realizaciji ovog veoma dobrodošlog projekta za romsku zajednicu kako u zemlji, tako i u dijaspori.

On 05.01.2021, at 13:00. The first recording of “Distance Education” for primary school students for first level students in grades 2-5 has begun, with the curriculum of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kosovo for the Romani language.
Materials that will be published on the Public Service of Kosovo – Radio Television of Kosovo RTK, where you will be informed in time about the broadcast of the material.

According to the plan developed by the distance learning group “Education at a distance”, with officials from the Ministry of Education and Science and a professional group of teachers and Roma activists, 60 teaching units will be recorded for about 5 minutes per unit, from the Romani language curriculum and from the Romani Chib plan. 1, Romani Chib 2, Romani Chib 3.
The following staff was engaged to film “Distance Education” for the Romani language:
Chief Coordinator Daut Qulangji, Coordinator Avdi Misini, Monitoring Gjizel Shaljani, Roma Teacher Emrah Cermijani, Roma Teacher Urma Menekshe, Database Official Senad Gushani.

As the main coordinator in this project, I am very pleased with the realization of this historic event for Roma from Kosovo, which is being realized in cooperation with officials of the Ministry of Education and Science.
From January 18, Roma children will have the opportunity to attend 60 teaching units in the Romani language via the online platform on RTK and Youtube.
Thanks again to all MPN officials led by the Minister of Education and all those who contributed to the realization of this very welcome project for the Roma community both in the country and in the diaspora.

General secretary of European Roma Organisation about Bulgaria elections because of vote selling, which are influencing on Roma community. She warned them not to sell votes and give their vote to someone they trust and to opt for Roma protection authorities

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A fire broke out in a Roma settlement near the Pancevo bridge this afternoon, which literally engulfed three barracks in a short time, and thanks to sheer luck no one was killed in the fire, although as many as six children lived in one building, including a six-month-old baby and a six-year-old, which were pulled out at the last minute.

For the sets, they have already formed narrow expert groups with external experts (among others with representatives of the primary school, civil initiative, the Supreme State Prosecutor’s Office, the Financial Administration), who will immediately start working and formulate solutions.

As State Secretary dr. Olaj, the working group also concluded that “the new National Program for Roma for the period 2021–2030, with the additional involvement of the Government Office for Nationalities, will be designed to have measurable goals and it will be possible to update the effects of the set measures. to supplement ”. Among the key short-term goals in the field of internal affairs, he pointed out the greater proactive work of the police in Roma settlements. This means that the police “before there are any problems with their work in the community, cause them not to happen. For many years, the police more or less responded and intervened. This is not a solution to the problem, the immediate solution is in proactive work. As far as I know, the Novo mesto Police Administration has already thoroughly tackled this. ”He estimated that the results of such work could be visible in half a year. “Politics wants change, let’s do something to improve the safety of people on the ground,” he concluded. Olaj.

Member of the group, Mayor of the Municipality of Kočevje dr. Vladimir Prebilič welcomed today’s step forward in resolving the Roma issue: “For the first time, we sat in the forum of state secretaries of those ministries that, in our opinion, are most called to ensure the cohabitation and inclusion of Roma in our community in an inclusive way.” The only thing they want in the local community is that “we will all live in peace and coexistence. Unfortunately, this is not possible at the moment, but I think we have a good basis to be able to achieve this in a relatively short time. “

Jožef Horvat Sandreli, a representative of the Council of the Roma Community of the Republic of Slovenia, said that the work of the working group was aimed at improving the situation of the Roma community. It is very important to understand, “that different groups of the Roma community live in Slovenia, who also have different problems, that the conditions and position of the Roma community in different environments are different. So the south-eastern part, Prekmurje, the cities – this must be taken as different situations. ” It is necessary to solve current problems more effectively, including in the field of education, social affairs, employment, living conditions, he emphasized and pointed out the rights and responsibilities on all sides.

The Government of the Republic of Slovenia established the Working Group for the Treatment of Roma Issues on 23 July this year, which includes representatives of state bodies, self-governing local communities and the council of the Roma community. The working group replaced the current government commission for the protection of the Roma community.

The Government of the Republic of Slovenia and the President of the Government Commission for Roma Issues are introducing more repression and discrimination against the Roma community and bringing political decisions without Roma and increasing discrimination and segregation towards members of the Roma community. help the Roma but introduces additional sanctions, which are pointed out by Roma organizations and the European Roma Organization for assistance and support in the fight against such decisions.

Contribution to the fight against the Holocaust in the defense of the country. This must not happen again, as more than 2.5 million Roma were killed in the camps and in Jasenovac. Such mass destruction is unacceptable

Opening Remarks at the Closing Event: RECI – A DECADE OF COLLABORATION – Evidence and Research for Roma Children
In my recent 2-year experience at Roma Education Fund, I have realized the importance of the 10-year RECI partnership. There are many key takeaways and lessons learned.
REF as an international organization with a network of national and local NGOs, showcases the necessity and ability of civil society to collect information and community experiences in order to develop evidence-based reporting and advocacy. The evidence and reports have been critical in establishing dialog with national stakeholders and policy makers. Further, the knowledge gained from project supported by REF and other partners was critical in gathering evidence for scaling up interventions and government adoption. For instance, the RECI reports complimented Roma Education Fund’s Toy Library Network, where 58 libraries in 10 countries have been established. With many of them being either hosted, supported, and adopted by the local municipality. The partnership has created a synergy, where our organization has influenced Early Childhood Education and Care reforms through its experience and network. At the same time the reports contributed to the development of Roma Education Funds parenting and other Early Childhood programs with the goal of filling in the institutional gaps.
Early Childhood Education and parenting is a continued priority for the Roma Education Fund. Through a European Funded project titled Regional Action for Roma Education, we have developed a parenting handbook and facilitators guide that is being used throughout our grantee network. Further, we are planning to expand out toy library network, where families can not only gain access to educational toys which stimulate child development, but gain other types of support through parenting clubs and providing space and environment to build attachment between the parent and child. Additionally, Roma Education Fund is committed to supporting enrollment in quality kindergartens, as well as activities that establish kindergartens as multicultural environments that support, not exclude Romani parents and children.
In closing, I would like to emphasize that Roma Education Fund is continuing our leadership to safeguard Romani children’s futures. While the RECI project is ending, we encourage international, national, and local partnerships to continue the work on implementation and advocacy.
For the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, December 10, Roma Versitas Kosovo organized a one day debate in the topic of Human Rights of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities. Our invited guests included; Ms. Dafina Halili (Journalist with Kosovo 2.0), Mr. Daut Qulangjiu (Journalist with RTK) as well as Human Rights Activists belonging to minority communities.
This event was a good opportunity to analyze the current Human Rights situation of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in the context of Kosovo as well as the future of activism.

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Members of the Working Group for the Treatment of Roma Issues, chaired by the State Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior, dr. Anton Olaj, identified four problem areas at today’s first meeting.

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PANDEMY OF ANTIGYPSISM-2020

 

The Year 2020 will remain in our memory as pandemic Covid-19 year, unfortunately as well as year of pandemy of rasism and discrimination.

 

Thus, in May 2020, the Afro-American George Floyd was killed, which led to a wave of struggle for the equality of Afro-Americans in the United States, and again underlined the daily presence of institutional, ie, systemic discrimination.

On the same day that Floyd was killed by members of the American police, a Roma boy was beaten by French police in the suburbs of Paris in France. Although many Roma organizations reported the case, the wave of anti-discrimination against Roma by the system, but also by individuals, was unfortunately absent. The case is simply covered up.

There are daily cases of racism against Roma throughout Europe throughout 2020. There is no public reaction against antigypsism. There are flagrant examples of racism and violence against Roma throughout the Balkans, and it is simply a race to see who will attack Roma more or less.

Thus, in the middle of Belgrade, in Serbia, a Roma couple was beaten in public transport, on a bus, apparently the whole bus (about 60 passengers),has seen it,  with the epilogue that the official eyewitness was only one girl.

In Croatia, after the horrors of the earthquake and the disaster that this natural force inflicted on people and property, human evil also awoke, and the news that Roma were stealing from houses in the earthquake-stricken area spread like wildfire on social networks.

Also, in Macedonia, 30.12.2020. a new attack on Roma took place in the middle of Skopje, at a bus station. A Roma was verbally attacked, and his minor child (estimated to be no more than 7 years old) was present, visibly frightened and upset.

The Minority Initiative (Roma political party in the process of establishment) and the European Roma Organization appeal to the relevant institutions in the European Union, but also individually in all European Union countries, as well as in European countries to systematically, in practice, not only declaratively, through laws, for the permanent eradication of discrimination against Roma.

The Roma are equal and full citizens of all countries on the European continent and the protection of their rights should not be declarative, but essential, as is the protection of every other citizen of any country in Europe.

The European Union, and especially some members of the Union, should never forget the responsibility towards the Roma in Europe, given the Holocaust of the Roma in World War II, the victims of Roma civilians, where many questions remain, modern Europe should not turn its head away from new Roma victims and from the pro-fascist forces that are still operating today, as a rule, they always test the Roma first.

We believe in the readiness of citizens and institutions across Europe to tackle discrimination and racism, and that anti-discrimination protests against Afro-Americans in the United States are not just a political farce, but have their consequences in improving the daily lives and status of Europe’s most discriminated people. – Rome.

 

PANDEMIJA ANTICIGANIZMA-2020

 

Protekla 2020. godina osim sto ce ostati upamcena po pandemiji Covid-19, nazalost, ostace i  po pandemiji rasizma i diskriminacije.

Tako je u maju 2020. ubijen Afroamerikanac Dzordz Flojd, sto je povuklo za sobom talas borbe za ravnopravnost Afroamerikanaca u Sjedinjenim americkim drzavama, i ponovo podvuklo svakodnevno prisustvo institucionalne, tj, sistemske diskriminacije.

Istog dana, kada je ubijen Flojd od strane pripadnika americke policije, u Francuskoj u predgradju Pariza od strane francuske policije pretucen je maloletni Rom. Iako su mnoge romske organizacije izvestile o tom slucaju, talas borbe protiv diskrminacije nad Romima od strane sistema, ali i pojedinaca, nazalost je izostao. Slucaj je jednostavno zataskan.

Svakodnevno se nizu slucajevi rasizma nad Romima sirom Evrope tokom cele 2020. godine. Izostaje reakcija protiv od strane javnosti. Flagrantni su primeri rasizma i nasilja nad Romima na celom Balkanu, i prosto je trka u toku ko ce cesce ili vise da napadne Rome.

Tako je u sred Beograda, u Srbiji, prebijen bracni par Roma u javnom prevozu, naocigled punog autobusa (oko 60 putnika), uz epilog da je zvanicni svedok-ocevidac bila samo jedna devojka.

U Hrvatskoj, nakon strahota zemljotresa i nesrece koju je ta prirodna sila nanela i licima i imovini, jos se i ljudsko zlo probudilo pa je kao vatrena stihija socijalnim mrezama protutnjala vest kako Romi kradu po kucama koje se nalaze na, zemljotresom zahvacenom, podrucju.

Takodje, u Makedoniji, 30.12.2020. desio se novi napad na Rome u sred Skoplja, na autobuskoj stanici. Verbalno je napadnut Rom, a i njegovo maloletno dete (po proceni staro ne vise od 7 godina) bilo je prisutno, vidno uplaseno i uznemireno.

Manjinska inicijativa (romska politicka partija u osnivanju) i Evropska Romska Orgnaizacija apeluju na nadlezne institucije u Evropskoj Uniji, ali i pojedinacno u svim zemljama Evropske Unije, kao i zemljama u Evropi da se sistemski, u praksi, ne samo  deklarativno, kroz zakone, opredele za trajno iskorenjavanje diskriminacije nad Romima.

Romi su ravnopravni i punopravni gradjani svih drzava na evropskom kontinentu i zastita njihovih prava ne sme biti deklarativna, vec sustinska, kao sto je zastita svakog drugog gradjanina bilo koje drzave u Evropi.

Evropska unija, a pogotovo pojedine clanice Unije, nikako ne smeju da zaborave odgovornost prema Romima u Evropi, s obzirom na Holokaust Roma u Drugom svetskom ratu, na zrtve Roma civila, gde su jos mnoga pitanja otvorena, savremena Evropa ne sme da okrece glavu od novih romskih zrtava i od profasistickih snaga koje u danas deluju i svoju snagu, kao po pravilu uvek testiraju prvo na Romima.

Verujemo u spremnost gradjana i institucija sirom Evrope da se uhvate u kostac protiv dirkiminacije i rasizma, te da protesti podrske protiv diskriminacije nad Afroamerikancima u SADu, ne budu samo politicka farsa, vec da svoje konsekvence imaju u svakodnevnom poboljsanju zivota i statusa najdiskriminisanijeg naroda u Evropi – Roma.

 

 

CALL FOR EUROPEAN AND INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

Roma are still victims of racism, discrimination, segregation and anti-Gypsyism in the 21st century, a new modern Holocaust against the Roma population and nation, which were victims of German Nazism and their occupiers, fascists, Belgraders, Bulgarian and Hungarian Nazis, Ustashas and Chetniks. in the common part of mass killing in a brutal, inhuman and unreasonable way, and even today the victims who are being persecuted, humiliation / belittling even in modern times. The Roma living in the Ghetto were persecuted by right-wingers who ruled Nazism. Countries that were present and brutally abused and killed the Roma population in the Holocaust should finally acknowledge and correct their sins and mistakes so that the Roma can get a chance to live as a whole nation, whose right-wingers are trying to wipe them off the Earth and try to to change the history which heaven has never been forgotten.

We therefore call on all responsible countries and Germany to take their responsibility and offer assistance to the Roma population so that they can live in dignity and in a way that suits the 21st century.

 

Please do not close your eyes to what has happened in the past and what is happening today.

 

President of the European Roma Organization, Haris Tahirović

LIFE OF ROMA IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF GRAČANICA


In a modest way, a child from the Roma community from Gracanica wanted to introduce himself to our media. A seven-year-old child is playing together with his compatriots in front of the house, in front of the railway in Gracanica, which has not been working for a long time. During this situation with Roma children, our eyes are drawn to the view of dilapidated and old-fashioned houses in this neighborhood, but the fresh color of the painted doors characterizes the mood for life and that life continues. People who cross the street greet us and want to talk about their problems and the hard life they live.

Ragip Ferati talks about the difficult life and problems concerning the Roma community in Gracanica, five hundred (500), families of this community currently living in Gracanica, of which a significant number are displaced from Pristina. Even Mr. Ferati is one of those who was forced to leave his house in Pristina in 1999 and find a temporary stay in one of the camps in Belgrade, but eventually returned from Belgrade, but not in Pristina, but in Gracanica as a refugee.
Ragipi used to work as a barber, but now he does well in any job he finds to survive and barely survives

Ragip Ferati: I have no income or social benefits, I can’t spend anyway, I don’t have bread to eat, since I returned from Belgrade, I don’t work or have other income. For three years since I returned, I have not had the conditions to live. “I returned of my own free will, neither the Red Cross nor the employment agency gave me anything.

Iekhipe: Can you return to Pristina?

Ragip Ferati: “I can, why not, but I don’t have any conditions for return, if I had conditions for return, I would return immediately, this is my birthplace, I was born here and I will live here.”

Roma from Gracanica survive by collecting cans, scrap metal can sometimes be found in some construction works and unloading and loading some construction material. Very few of these Roma feel the social feeling provided by the Serbian government, but there is an educational center run by a Roma NGO in this neighborhood. All the children from the neighborhood gather here after school to continue learning to read and write and some of the cultural activities.
While we were making this report on the life of Roma in Gracanica, 18-year-old Elvis was present near us, where he carefully followed the conversation we had about their difficult life in Gracanica. Elvis only finished five grades of elementary school.

Elvis Salijević: I did not attend school, I made a lot of mistakes because I finished school. I was younger and I didn’t think about schooling, at the moment I have nothing to do and I am unemployed. You are currently working privately, wherever you find a job, sometimes when we are invited to load and unload, sometimes we work in this cage, we load furniture, etc …

Iekhipe: You are 18 now and have you thought about your future?

Elvis Salijević: But I didn’t think, now I have the best years when a person can create something good in his life. But in these conditions, what we have, we cannot have a healthy future. For that reason, I do not want to stay here because I do not have any conditions.


These Roma children and young people in Gracanica, although they live in very difficult conditions and sing hopelessly and look very happy at first sight, need more hope to survive and do not think of leaving their homeland like Elvis.

Appeal

Distinguished representatives of the European Union, the President of the European Parliament, ambassadors, Your Excellency, foundations and others.

 

With great concern, the European Roma Organization, working with its members among the Roma and Sinti, in discussions about the current serious situation and the progress of European strategies as well as the achievement of goals, unfortunately it can be stated that ten steps have been taken back.

Before the beginning of the epidemic, the Roma and Sinti communities, which in the past had discrimination, segregation, anti-Gypsyism, attacks on Roma settlements, all negative trends increased, not decreased. We believe that you yourself have noticed that there has been intolerance between the members of the European Union and third countries such as the Balkans, the strengthening of right-wing options which, through their actions, increase the trend of increased discrimination against Roma. Because it has been established that the Roma and Sinti communities in the countries they come from face serious human rights violations and not equal treatment. Faced with the coronavirus and increased mortality, and left to their own devices, at the mercy of other countries and their health, solidarity, the Roma and Sinti communities have already lost many lives due to the state’s failure to implement the adopted strategy. MP Mr. Franz Romeo. Not to mention who are the most vulnerable members of the Roma sex.

Children in the environment in which they live in the 21st century, without drinking water and electricity and poor living conditions, it is not possible to talk about the suppression of the epidemic, hygiene or education of children at a distance, so our children are treated unequally with other children of the majority nation, which is offered all possible support for distance education, and our children are left to fend for themselves. Faced with social deprivation, trouble and a vicious circle, in a tunnel without the lights on and off.

Attacks on Roma and Sinti by right-wing parties and their supporters, who publish their downfalls in the media, with changes in the law, disrespect for human lives. We wonder where all this is taking us? Without your help, your solidarity, your humanity, we will not be able to achieve our goals in which we have invested a lot of effort, work, set standards, guidelines and the rule of law for a better life for all people in Europe.

In fear of repeating the Holocaust, those who do so without remorse, this heinous act against the Roma and Sinti, are afraid of repeating all this so as not to revive the past that has befallen many peoples. That is why I invite you, ladies and gentlemen, to find a solution together and discuss serious topics that we face every day and we want to talk to you and contribute to the solution with new perspectives. How can we help and prevent such behavior that pretends to lead us into a downfall. Therefore, the European Roma Organization and its members want to work together to address these issues and fears of Roma and Sinti and to work together to help find a solution.

We truly thank you in advance for your response!

President of the European Roma Organization

 

Haris Tahirović

Distance teaching in the Roma language for Roma students from Kosovo

In a modest way, a child from the Roma community from Gracanica wanted to introduce himself to our media. A seven-year-old child is playing together with his compatriots in front of the house, in front of the railway in Gracanica, which has not been working for a long time. During this situation with Roma children, our eyes are drawn to the view of dilapidated and old-fashioned houses in this neighborhood, but the fresh color of the painted doors characterizes the mood for life and that life continues. People who cross the street greet us and want to talk about their problems and the hard life they live.

Ragip Ferati talks about the difficult life and problems concerning the Roma community in Gracanica, five hundred (500), families of this community currently living in Gracanica, of which a significant number are displaced from Pristina. Even Mr. Ferati is one of those who was forced to leave his house in Pristina in 1999 and find a temporary stay in one of the camps in Belgrade, but eventually returned from Belgrade, but not in Pristina, but in Gracanica as a refugee.
Ragipi used to work as a barber, but now he does well in any job he finds to survive and barely survives

Ragip Ferati: I have no income or social benefits, I can’t spend anyway, I don’t have bread to eat, since I returned from Belgrade, I don’t work or have other income. For three years since I returned, I have not had the conditions to live. “I returned of my own free will, neither the Red Cross nor the employment agency gave me anything.

Iekhipe: Can you return to Pristina?

Ragip Ferati: “I can, why not, but I don’t have any conditions for return, if I had conditions for return, I would return immediately, this is my birthplace, I was born here and I will live here.”

Roma from Gracanica survive by collecting cans, scrap metal can sometimes be found in some construction works and unloading and loading some construction material. Very few of these Roma feel the social feeling provided by the Serbian government, but there is an educational center run by a Roma NGO in this neighborhood. All the children from the neighborhood gather here after school to continue learning to read and write and some of the cultural activities.
While we were making this report on the life of Roma in Gracanica, 18-year-old Elvis was present near us, where he carefully followed the conversation we had about their difficult life in Gracanica. Elvis only finished five grades of elementary school.

Elvis Salijević: I did not attend school, I made a lot of mistakes because I finished school. I was younger and I didn’t think about schooling, at the moment I have nothing to do and I am unemployed. You are currently working privately, wherever you find a job, sometimes when we are invited to load and unload, sometimes we work in this cage, we load furniture, etc …

Iekhipe: You are 18 now and have you thought about your future?

Elvis Salijević: But I didn’t think, now I have the best years when a person can create something good in his life. But in these conditions, what we have, we cannot have a healthy future. For that reason, I do not want to stay here because I do not have any conditions.


These Roma children and young people in Gracanica, although they live in very difficult conditions and sing hopelessly and look very happy at first sight, need more hope to survive and do not think of leaving their homeland like Elvis.

Distance teaching in the Roma language for Roma students from Kosovo

Dana  05.01.2021, u 13:00 h. počelo je prvo snimanje “Obrazovanja na daljinu”  za ućenike osnovne škole za učenike prvog nivoa od 2-5 razreda, sa nastavnim planom i programom Ministarstva za Obrazovanja i Nauke Republike Kosovo za Romski jezik.

Materijali koji će biti objavljeni na Javnom Servisu Kosova – Radio Televizija Kosova RTK, gde ćete na vreme biti obavešteni o emitovanju materijala.

Prema planu koji je izradila grupa za snimanje “Obrazovanja na daljinu”,  sa zvaničnicima Ministarstva prosvete i nauke i profesionalne grupe nastavnika i Romskih aktivista, snimaće se  60 nastavne jedinice oko po 5 minuta po jedinici, iz programa nastave romskog jezika i iz plana Romani Chib 1, Romani Chib 2, Romani Chib 3.

Sledeće osoblje je angažovano na snimanju “Obrazovanja na daljinu”,  za romski jezik:

Glavni koordinator Daut Qulangji, Koordinator Avdi Misini, Monitoring Gjizel Shaljani, Romski učitelj Emrah Cermijani, Romska učiteljica Urma Menekshe, Zvaničnik baze podataka Senad Gushani.

Kao glavni koordinator u ovom projektu, veoma sam zadovoljan realizacijom ovog istorijskog događaja za Rome sa Kosova, koji se realizuje u saradnji sa zvaničnicima Ministarstva prosvete i nauke.

Romska deca od 18. januara imaće priliku da pohađaju 60 nastavnih jedinica na romskom jeziku putem mrežne platforme na RTK i Youtube.

Još jednom hvala svim zvaničnicima MPN na čelu sa ministrom prosvete i svima koji su dali svoj doprinos u realizaciji ovog veoma dobrodošlog projekta za romsku zajednicu kako u zemlji, tako i u dijaspori.

On 05.01.2021, at 13:00. The first recording of “Distance Education” for primary school students for first level students in grades 2-5 has begun, with the curriculum of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kosovo for the Romani language.
Materials that will be published on the Public Service of Kosovo – Radio Television of Kosovo RTK, where you will be informed in time about the broadcast of the material.

According to the plan developed by the distance learning group “Education at a distance”, with officials from the Ministry of Education and Science and a professional group of teachers and Roma activists, 60 teaching units will be recorded for about 5 minutes per unit, from the Romani language curriculum and from the Romani Chib plan. 1, Romani Chib 2, Romani Chib 3.
The following staff was engaged to film “Distance Education” for the Romani language:
Chief Coordinator Daut Qulangji, Coordinator Avdi Misini, Monitoring Gjizel Shaljani, Roma Teacher Emrah Cermijani, Roma Teacher Urma Menekshe, Database Official Senad Gushani.

As the main coordinator in this project, I am very pleased with the realization of this historic event for Roma from Kosovo, which is being realized in cooperation with officials of the Ministry of Education and Science.
From January 18, Roma children will have the opportunity to attend 60 teaching units in the Romani language via the online platform on RTK and Youtube.
Thanks again to all MPN officials led by the Minister of Education and all those who contributed to the realization of this very welcome project for the Roma community both in the country and in the diaspora.

General secretary of European Roma Organisation about Bulgaria elections because of vote selling, which are influencing on Roma community. She warned them not to sell votes and give their vote to someone they trust and to opt for Roma protection authorities

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A fire broke out in a Roma settlement near the Pancevo bridge this afternoon, which literally engulfed three barracks in a short time, and thanks to sheer luck no one was killed in the fire, although as many as six children lived in one building, including a six-month-old baby and a six-year-old, which were pulled out at the last minute.

For the sets, they have already formed narrow expert groups with external experts (among others with representatives of the primary school, civil initiative, the Supreme State Prosecutor’s Office, the Financial Administration), who will immediately start working and formulate solutions.

As State Secretary dr. Olaj, the working group also concluded that “the new National Program for Roma for the period 2021–2030, with the additional involvement of the Government Office for Nationalities, will be designed to have measurable goals and it will be possible to update the effects of the set measures. to supplement ”. Among the key short-term goals in the field of internal affairs, he pointed out the greater proactive work of the police in Roma settlements. This means that the police “before there are any problems with their work in the community, cause them not to happen. For many years, the police more or less responded and intervened. This is not a solution to the problem, the immediate solution is in proactive work. As far as I know, the Novo mesto Police Administration has already thoroughly tackled this. ”He estimated that the results of such work could be visible in half a year. “Politics wants change, let’s do something to improve the safety of people on the ground,” he concluded. Olaj.

Member of the group, Mayor of the Municipality of Kočevje dr. Vladimir Prebilič welcomed today’s step forward in resolving the Roma issue: “For the first time, we sat in the forum of state secretaries of those ministries that, in our opinion, are most called to ensure the cohabitation and inclusion of Roma in our community in an inclusive way.” The only thing they want in the local community is that “we will all live in peace and coexistence. Unfortunately, this is not possible at the moment, but I think we have a good basis to be able to achieve this in a relatively short time. “

Jožef Horvat Sandreli, a representative of the Council of the Roma Community of the Republic of Slovenia, said that the work of the working group was aimed at improving the situation of the Roma community. It is very important to understand, “that different groups of the Roma community live in Slovenia, who also have different problems, that the conditions and position of the Roma community in different environments are different. So the south-eastern part, Prekmurje, the cities – this must be taken as different situations. ” It is necessary to solve current problems more effectively, including in the field of education, social affairs, employment, living conditions, he emphasized and pointed out the rights and responsibilities on all sides.

The Government of the Republic of Slovenia established the Working Group for the Treatment of Roma Issues on 23 July this year, which includes representatives of state bodies, self-governing local communities and the council of the Roma community. The working group replaced the current government commission for the protection of the Roma community.

The Government of the Republic of Slovenia and the President of the Government Commission for Roma Issues are introducing more repression and discrimination against the Roma community and bringing political decisions without Roma and increasing discrimination and segregation towards members of the Roma community. help the Roma but introduces additional sanctions, which are pointed out by Roma organizations and the European Roma Organization for assistance and support in the fight against such decisions.

Contribution to the fight against the Holocaust in the defense of the country. This must not happen again, as more than 2.5 million Roma were killed in the camps and in Jasenovac. Such mass destruction is unacceptable

Opening Remarks at the Closing Event: RECI – A DECADE OF COLLABORATION – Evidence and Research for Roma Children
In my recent 2-year experience at Roma Education Fund, I have realized the importance of the 10-year RECI partnership. There are many key takeaways and lessons learned.
REF as an international organization with a network of national and local NGOs, showcases the necessity and ability of civil society to collect information and community experiences in order to develop evidence-based reporting and advocacy. The evidence and reports have been critical in establishing dialog with national stakeholders and policy makers. Further, the knowledge gained from project supported by REF and other partners was critical in gathering evidence for scaling up interventions and government adoption. For instance, the RECI reports complimented Roma Education Fund’s Toy Library Network, where 58 libraries in 10 countries have been established. With many of them being either hosted, supported, and adopted by the local municipality. The partnership has created a synergy, where our organization has influenced Early Childhood Education and Care reforms through its experience and network. At the same time the reports contributed to the development of Roma Education Funds parenting and other Early Childhood programs with the goal of filling in the institutional gaps.
Early Childhood Education and parenting is a continued priority for the Roma Education Fund. Through a European Funded project titled Regional Action for Roma Education, we have developed a parenting handbook and facilitators guide that is being used throughout our grantee network. Further, we are planning to expand out toy library network, where families can not only gain access to educational toys which stimulate child development, but gain other types of support through parenting clubs and providing space and environment to build attachment between the parent and child. Additionally, Roma Education Fund is committed to supporting enrollment in quality kindergartens, as well as activities that establish kindergartens as multicultural environments that support, not exclude Romani parents and children.
In closing, I would like to emphasize that Roma Education Fund is continuing our leadership to safeguard Romani children’s futures. While the RECI project is ending, we encourage international, national, and local partnerships to continue the work on implementation and advocacy.
For the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, December 10, Roma Versitas Kosovo organized a one day debate in the topic of Human Rights of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities. Our invited guests included; Ms. Dafina Halili (Journalist with Kosovo 2.0), Mr. Daut Qulangjiu (Journalist with RTK) as well as Human Rights Activists belonging to minority communities.
This event was a good opportunity to analyze the current Human Rights situation of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in the context of Kosovo as well as the future of activism.

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Members of the Working Group for the Treatment of Roma Issues, chaired by the State Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior, dr. Anton Olaj, identified four problem areas at today’s first meeting.

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