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Albania: Roma community in Tirana protesting for housing 27/10/2014 - A number...

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:30am
Albania: Roma community in Tirana protesting for housing

27/10/2014 - A number of Roma families’ from Selita (Tirana) affected from the Ring Road construction together with their fellow citizens and young activists protested yesterday on 27 October at the Ministry of Urban Development and at the Tirana Municipality. The protest aim was to ask both institutions to meet and offer a decent and acceptable solution for the houses of 70 Roma families which will be affected by the investment in the road infrastructure. The Roma families have built their houses during the 1980 and 1990 while the majority of them are still in the process of legalization but due to recent changes in the Law of Legalization of Informal Buildings made on May 2014 they find themselves excluded from the legalization process. This situation does exclude the families from compensation and furthermore will result with their forceful eviction by losing their house and becoming homeless.

The protest started at 11:00 at the Ministry of Urban Development. The protesters did call for solution and presented their problem while the children showed the drawings of their house. After about an hour a ministry staff did call a representative group from the protesters to enter in the building and discuss their requests. In the meeting the ministry staff did mention that the main solution should come from the Tirana Municipality but however there is a possibility that the Government approve a decision that might qualify the buildings for legalization so that the families do receive compensation for the loss of the house. After the talk with the ministry staff the protesters moved to the Tirana Municipality and were able to meet outside the building the Major, Lulzim Basha who was entering the building. After the major listened the protesters he organized a meeting with his staff and gave some specific orders one of which was the meeting of the Tirana Municipality staff with the staff of the Ministry of Urban Development in order to discuss the solution of the problem. The meeting among Tirana Municipality staff, the Ministry of Urban Development staff and a small group of representatives from the protesters has been organized in the same day at 15:30. During the meeting both institutions did agree to work together in order to find a sustainable solution to the problem in order to prevent forceful eviction.

A message for the international institutions that monitor Albania

We as young activists and the Roma community of Selita after months of attempts to keep institutions accountable in order to prevent eviction which would harm our families both psychologically, physically and economically by making us homeless (we do live in modest but normal houses not shacks). We ask for your help to ask these two institutions that which is their plan to respond to our problem. We will try and be consistent in asking the authorities to find a solution before removing us from the home we have built with sacrifice and efforts, but still we need your support which will help to protect our right to housing and to a decent life.

I hope that you can help us in asking the Albanian government and the Tirana Municipality to find the way of cooperation so that this crucial problem be resolved effectively.

Best Regards
Brisilda Taco
Albanian Roma Activist
brisildataco@yahoo.com


The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia: EU actively supp...

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 9:52pm
The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia: EU actively support Roma inclusion in Serbia
http://www.europa.rs/en/projects/projektne_aktivnosti/4760/EU+actively+support+Roma+inclusion+in+Serbia.html


EU actively support Roma inclusion in Serbia
www.europa.rs
European Union is Serbia's most active donor, specially in the area of inclusion of Roma into society, their education, employment, healthcare, housing and legal rights, said Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Michael Davenport at the Workshop on Political Inclusion of Roma.

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Tue, 10/28/2014 - 9:45pm

Intimidation of Roma people in Waterford “effectively a lynch mob”- Minister
www.thejournal.ie
Three Roma families were forced to leave a house in Waterford.

Italian City Considers Separate Buses for Gypsies http://www.breitbart.com/Breit...

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 1:23pm
Italian City Considers Separate Buses for Gypsies
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/10/27/Gypsy-Bus-Turin-Route-69


Italian City Considers Separate Buses for Gypsies
www.breitbart.com
A suburb of Turin, Italy is considering running a new ‘gypsy only’ bus after violence has sparked protests among the natives, who complain they are attacked, spat upon and robbed by travellers using the service.

Ireland: Three Roma families evacuated from home as 200-strong mob protests outs...

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 1:22pm
Ireland: Three Roma families evacuated from home as 200-strong mob protests outside
http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/three-roma-families-evacuated-from-home-as-200strong-mob-protests-outside-30694388.html


Three Roma families evacuated from home as 200-strong mob protests outside - Independent.ie
www.independent.ie
THREE families had to be evacuated from a house in Waterford last night after protestors descended on their home and kicked in a door and all the downstairs windows.

Deutsche Welle: Fear and loathing: talking Roma in France http://www.dw.de/fear-...

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 1:21pm
Deutsche Welle: Fear and loathing: talking Roma in France
http://www.dw.de/fear-and-loathing-talking-roma-in-france/a-18010276


Fear and loathing: talking Roma in France | #WhoAmI | Life Links | DW.DE | 27.10.2014

An estimated 20,000 ethnic Roma live in France. But Alina, a young Roma, told Life Links:"We're not accepted by society." Our reporter Gönna took to the streets of Paris to ask: What do you think about Roma?

Mello Prize promotes Roma dialogue http://www.thenews.pl/1/6/Artykul/185509,Mell...

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 1:21pm
Mello Prize promotes Roma dialogue
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Mello Prize promotes Roma dialogue
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A Bulgarian centre promoting dialogue with the country\'s Roma community has won Poland\'s 11th Sergio Vieira de Mello Prize in the NGO category.

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Tue, 10/28/2014 - 1:20pm
Ireland: Gardaí called to public order incident in Waterford
http://www.thejournal.ie/roma-families-waterford-1747505-Oct2014/


Gardaí called to public order incident in Waterford
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Pavee Point got a Facebook page ‘Get Them Out Of Town’ removed from Facebook earlier this month.

Busting the myth - The Slovak Spectator http://spectator.sme.sk/articles/view/55...

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 1:19pm
Busting the myth - The Slovak Spectator
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Busting the myth - The Slovak Spectator
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The Slovak Spectator is Slovakia's only English-language newspaper. It is published weekly and covers local news, culture and business.

Moldava mayor talks Roma, cancelled concert - The Slovak Spectator http://specta...

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 1:19pm
Moldava mayor talks Roma, cancelled concert - The Slovak Spectator
http://spectator.sme.sk/articles/view/55670/2/moldava_mayor_talks_roma_cancelled_concert.html


Moldava mayor talks Roma, cancelled concert - The Slovak Spectator
spectator.sme.sk
The Slovak Spectator is Slovakia's only English-language newspaper. It is published weekly and covers local news, culture and business.

Hungarian mayor wants to replace Roma slum with football stadium http://www.neu...

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 1:18pm
Hungarian mayor wants to replace Roma slum with football stadium
http://www.neurope.eu/article/hungarian-mayor-wants-replace-roma-slum-football-stadium


Hungarian mayor wants to replace Roma slum with football stadium
www.neurope.eu
Hundreds of Roma (Gypsy) families in the Hungarian city Miskolc fear they will be evicted and banished in the name of urban development. Local authorities have said they want to proceed with a slum demolition drive in order to pave the way for a football stadium and parking lot. About 1,000 Roma li…

EUFAJ: The Practice of Child Marriage and Its Side Effects www.libertas-institut...

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 1:17pm
EUFAJ: The Practice of Child Marriage and Its Side Effects
www.libertas-institut.com/de/EUFAJ/no1_2_2013.pdf


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Is French new anti-terror law is just anti-Roma? http://romadebates.wordpress.co...

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 11:09pm
Is French new anti-terror law is just anti-Roma?
http://romadebates.wordpress.com/2014/10/26/french-new-anti-terror-law/


Is French new anti-terror law is just anti-Roma?
romadebates.wordpress.com
Human Rights campaigners and immigrants' support groups have sounded the alarm about the small print in France’s new anti-terrorism bill, which they say will allow Paris to stop the freedom of move...

Italian town accused of &#039;apartheid&#039; over separate bus for Roma http://www.teleg...

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 7:54pm
Italian town accused of 'apartheid' over separate bus for Roma
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/11187551/Italian-town-accused-of-apartheid-over-separate-bus-for-Roma.html


Italian town accused of 'apartheid' over separate bus for Roma - Telegraph
www.telegraph.co.uk
Mayor of Borgaro draws national criticism after his proposal for "two lines, one for us and one for them" is welcomed at town community meeting

Norway Amnesty Prize 2014 to Arild Knutsen http://www.tnp.no/norway/panorama/466...

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 7:53pm
Norway Amnesty Prize 2014 to Arild Knutsen
http://www.tnp.no/norway/panorama/4665-norway-amnesty-prize-2014-to-arild-knutsen


Norway Amnesty Prize 2014 to Arild Knutsen - The Nordic Page
www.tnp.no
This year’s Amnesty Prize goes to Arild Knutsen (45) for his efforts in Norway for drug users’ rights and to have been an important spokesperson for visiting Roma people and their right.

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Sat, 10/25/2014 - 3:38pm
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http://spectator.sme.sk/articles/view/55664/10/measures_concerning_roma_evaluated.html


Measures concerning Roma evaluated - The Slovak Spectator
spectator.sme.sk
The Slovak Spectator is Slovakia's only English-language newspaper. It is published weekly and covers local news, culture and business.

4.3 Million GBP For Sterilised Roma Women http://austriantimes.at/news/Around_th...

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 3:37pm
4.3 Million GBP For Sterilised Roma Women
http://austriantimes.at/news/Around_the_World/2014-10-24/51887/4.3_Million_GBP_For_Sterilised_Roma_Women


4.3 Million GBP For Sterilised Roma Women - Around the World News - Austrian Times Online News -...
austriantimes.at
Report on Austrian Times english news online newspaper: Nine years after a group of Roma woman who were sterilised by racist Czech doctors launched a class action lawsuit in the country the government has finally agreed to compensate them.

Tim Jones from No5 speaks on proposed changes to planning guidance on Travellers...

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 3:36pm
Tim Jones from No5 speaks on proposed changes to planning guidance on Travellers
http://www.thelawyer.com/firms-and-the-bar/tim-jones-from-no5-speaks-on-proposed-changes-to-planning-guidance-on-travellers/3027571.article


Tim Jones from No5 speaks on proposed changes to planning guidance on travellers | Firm News |...
www.thelawyer.com
Tim Jones, planning and environment barrister at No5 Chambers, spoke at a meeting on the EU Framework for National Roma Integration strategies.

Der Alternative W&#xe4;hler steht rechts http://www.neues-deutschland.de/artikel/9501...

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 3:35pm
Der Alternative Wähler steht rechts
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Auf die Reaktion der »Alternative für Deutschland« auf diese Studie darf man gespannt sein: In einer Befragung stimmte eine Mehrheit der AfD-Wählerschaft rechtsradikalen Positionen zu. Schlimmer seien nur noch NPD-Anhänger.

Italian town plans separate bus for Roma http://www.thelocal.it/20141024/italian...

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 3:34pm
Italian town plans separate bus for Roma
http://www.thelocal.it/20141024/italian-mayor-champions-roma-only-bus-plan


Italian town plans separate bus for Roma - The Local
www.thelocal.it
A mayor in north-west Italy has backed a controversial plan to create a bus route only for Roma people, a move which has been likened to the segregation policie

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