THE JOINT POSITION OF ROMA CIVIL SOCIETY ON THE 10th EU ROMA PLATFORM MEETING

Based on consultations with an array of Roma civil society organizations across Europe we demand that the European Commission prioritizes to discuss the following trends and outcomes at the 10th EU Roma Platform, in line with the theme ‘Mutual accountably of all’: 1. Growing anti-Roma politics increases the volume of extreme violence and killings. Roma are the most likely minority to be victims of police brutality, ethnic profiling and criminalization, forced evictions, media demonization, violence and killings. Most dangerously, all these practices are becoming norms legitimized through extreme right parties that have been democratically elected. 2. Growing tokenism at the EU and national levels decreases the legitimacy of all pro-Roma… Read More

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    The informal network of Roma NGOs in Macedonia – Roma Decade Focal Point – Macedonia, which is composed of 18 Roma NGOs and other civil society organizations and individual, strongly condemns the violation act, the hate speech and the violence against Mitko, 17 year old Roma from village Ovcepolci, Municipality of Pazardzik – Republic of Bulgaria, done on 18.04.2016. According to the news  http://goo.gl/cxf8Yh  and the video posted on social networks, the organizations condemn the behavior, the hate speech and the violence, where Mitko, neither provocated nor confronted the attacker. While the attacker, who publicly declares himself as a nationalist, attacked the young boy because he stated during… Read More

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