Social justice in Pata Cluj

A movie about the way Romanian authorities deliberately ignores the rights of Romani people from Cluj-Napoca. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case but the very common situation of Romani communities all over Europe. One may ask if there is any hope from Brussels?! It seems this is the real face of the ‘integration policy’. As the truth is covered by mainstream media, thousand of families prepare themselves for a hard winter. In this time of crisis, where the radical right wing intensifies its actions and wants to gain the political power, after a strong and maybe wanted failure of the left and ‘internationalist’ policy, we have to ask ourselves where all the funds for integration disappeared ? As we see in the movie, the condition of those people didn’t change, as they were moved from a place of isolation to another. We speak about children and women which will freeze in the winter cold in the time when the ‘Specialist of integration’ share the amount of money they collected after their ‘successful projects’.

Carry on regardless: Italy’s Roma eviction toll tops 300 in August

By Bernard Rorke and Rosi Mangiacavallo

Despite international criticism, and calls for the Council of Europe to halt all forced evictions of Roma, Italy just carries on regardless. ERRC monitoring revealed that in the final summer month of August, the Italian authorities evicted more than 300 Roma in a series of actions across the country.


Skopje Authorities Bulldoze Roma Families’ Homes, Then Ignore Their Plight

The government of Macedonia’s capital city Skopje evicted 31 Roma families with children from a settlement under the historic Kale fortress over the summer. Authorities not only razed their home for the last nine years, but also reportedly left the families without any realistic support.

Photo-activist Vančo Džambaski published a photo album on Flickr to try to draw attention to their plight.

Mob in Ukraine Drives Dozens of Roma From Their Homes

MOSCOW — Several dozen people in a Roma community in southern Ukraine were forced to flee their homes after a mob tore through their neighborhood over the weekend, breaking windows, tearing down fences and even setting a house on fire while the heavily outnumbered police stood by and watched.

The violence in the small town, Loshchynivka, was touched off after a local man was arrested on Saturday in connection with the rape and killing of a 9-year-old girl. A Ukrainian rights organization, the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group, noted that the man was not Roma.

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But residents said tensions between non-Roma and Roma, already high, boiled over after the girl’s body was found. One villager, Oksana Glinko, told the local news media that people in Loshchynivka were “living in constant fear” of the Roma.

After the girl’s death, hundreds of residents demanded that the Roma be expelled, and on Sunday they gained the backing of the district council. Even Mikheil Saakashvili, the governor of the region of Odessa, which includes Loshchynivka, and a former president of Georgia, offered tacit support in a video message posted on Facebook, denouncing the village’s “antisocial elements.”

The Roma apparently left voluntarily, and by Sunday night about 40 of the 50 Roma in the town had left in a rush, leaving many essentials behind. Any who returned to collect their belongings were met with threats of lynching, the local news media reported.

With the authorities under pressure to prosecute the accused, a local police leader, Vadym Mohyla, said it was unfortunately “impossible to immediately punish the guilty.”