Roma Worldwide News summary - May 20, 2006
- New Romani radio program announced
- Two Roma men convicted of murder have been acquitted
- June 6-7th there will be a conference in Budapest called “The European Union and the Roma”
- (Vienna) – European Monitoring Center for Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) has released a report that finds that education systems throughout Europe are failing Roma students; Roma are subjects of systemic discrimination and exclusion from education.
- The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is conducting a political leadership training series for 25 emerging Roma leaders through its Roma Political Participation Program in Romania. NDI is now recruiting participants for the program.
Romania & Bulgaria
- Both countries are waiting for the European Commission to finalize a report of their EU accession dates (report out May 16)
- 18 Romani children who were forced to go to segregated schools in the Czech Republic filed their final appeal today before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
- European Court of Human Rights has declared admissible the application of Mr. Pejrusan Jasar against Macedonia in a torture case (this is the 1st time this has ever happened!)
- On May 16th there was a remembrance ceremony to commemorate the first deportation of the Roma and Sinti into Nazi concentration camps
- 10th Annual California Herdeljezi Festival 2006 on May 20th - Roma festival that supports the Roma of Kosovo
- Council of Europe recently started the implementation of a third joint Council of Europe/European Commission project called"Equal Rights and Treatment for Roma in SEE." It will last two years and will be implemented in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, and Macedonia. It will raise awareness of Roma issues and improve Roma participation in social and public spheres.
- The World Bank’s Roma website has launched a publications page for past World Bank publications about Roma:
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