Urgent Action – Ungarn

Drohende Zwangsräumung
APPELL
ROMA MISKOLC

In der ungarischen Stadt Miskolc droht etwa 160 Familien die rechtswidrige Zwangsräumung. Die Familien gehören zum größten Teil der Roma-Gemeinschaft an und wohnen in dem Stadtviertel „Nummerierte Straßen“. Appellieren Sie an den Bürgermeister, die rechtswidrigen Zwangsräumungen zu verhindern!

ONLINE APPELL UNTERZEICHNEN (Amnesty International)

Der Dorf Diktator – Zucht und Ordnung im neuen Ungarn

“Érpatak, ein Dorf im äußersten Nordosten Ungarns, war bis 2005 ziemlich bedeutungslos – bis Mihály Zoltán Orosz zum Bürgermeister gewählt wurde, ein bekennender Rechtsextremer, der Nazi-Lieder singen lässt, ein Antisemit und Roma-Hasser.”

Ein Film von Matthias Fuchs, Keno Verseck und Benny Brunner.
WDR – 13. April 2015

Utrecht, a City of Human Rights for Roma, Sinti and Travelers?

Friederycke Haijer
The city of Utrecht is proud to be the first human rights city of the Netherlands.
But in the case of Roma, Sinti and Travelers, the city has an extinction policy that will inevitably result in ending the Roma, Sinti and Traveler lifestyle in Utrecht.

Imagine a young man whose mother just passed away. Then imagine that he receives a letter from the mayor, stating that the city will demolish the mother’s home and replace it with a concrete block.
The mayor says he wants to put an end to the young man’s way of life. For Roma, Sinti and Traveler families in the Netherlands, this is not a story that is hard to imagine. It is their reality.
The Netherlands, just like other northern and western European countries, is host to several Roma, Sinti and Traveler communities. Although these groups now mainly live in permanent or semi-permanent mobile homes, their traveling lifestyle is an important part of their heritage. (…)

Local conflicts over housing
Local Dutch authorities, including the city of Utrecht, have a history of conflict with Roma, Sinti and Traveler communities, often revolving around housing. These conflicts, which have escalated in recent years, take place at the local level. The Dutch national government does not have a policy relating to Roma, Sinti and Travelers’ housing. The national government explicitly refers this matter to local authorities,asking them to ‘normalize’ the housing situation of Roma, Sinti and Travelers.

The term normalization implies that local authorities are not to consider the mobile home lifestyle of Roma, Sinti and Travelers as ‘normal.’ The national government suggests five ‘normalization’ policy options for local authorities. The first option it suggests is a ‘zero option,’ which leaves no space for mobile home sites at all. The other four options are a ‘phasing out’ policy, integrating Travelers’ housing into conventional housing policies, a ‘demand-oriented’ policy and a ‘neutral policy.’
The national government does not ask local authorities to consider human rights when they make their policy choice or when they apply it in individual cases.

Many local authorities have interpreted ‘normalization’ and the ‘zero option’ to mean what they term an ‘extinction policy’ for Traveler sites. Local authorities openly state their intentions behind this policy.
For example, the mayor of the city of Waalre said in 2012 that he intended to make mobile home sites ‘disappear.’ (…) http://www.liberties.eu/en/news/utrecht-city-of-human-rights-for-roma-sinti-travelers

Roma-Deportation von Baden-Airpak nach Serbien und Mazedonien

„Die Scham nimmt ab mit wachsender Sünde“
Friedrich Schiller

Insgesamt 101 Menschen wurden gestern vom Baden-Airpak nach Serbien und Mazedonien abgeschoben.
Darunter befanden sich 36 Kinder. 25 der abgeschobenen Personen kamen aus Baden-Württemberg und die weiteren aus Hessen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Bayern, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Saarland und Sachsen.
Am gestrigen Tag wurden 75 Personen nach Serbien und 26 nach Mazedonien abgeschoben.
In Freiburger Flüchtlingswohnheimen wurden vier Mahnwachen durchgeführt. Dennoch wurde auch hier eine Person deportiert. Das Freiburger Forum aktiv gegen Ausgrenzung hat für heute Mittwoch um 18.00 Uhr auf dem Freiburger Rathausplatz eine Kundgebung angemeldet.

Die Roma-Abschiebung gestern durch die grün-rote Politik geschah zum Jahrestag der Deportation der baden- württembergischen Sinti und Roma nach Auschwitz. Des Weiteren jährt sich am 24. März auch der Beginn des Natobombadements auf Jugoslawien.

József Debreczeni on the Roma question

Ursprünglich veröffentlicht auf Hungarian Spectrum:

After describing Bishop Miklós Beer’s efforts on behalf of the Roma minority and publishing the English translation of an article by Aladár Horváth, a Roma activist, I think I should mention a book by József Debreczeni entitled Ne bántsd a cigányt!: political vitairat (Don’t hurt the Gypsies: A polemic). A rather odd title that needs some explanation. It echoes the name of a book by Miklós Zrínyi/Nikola Zrinski, a Croatian-Hungarian politician and writer (1620-1664), Ne bántsd a magyart – Az török áfium ellen való orvosság (Don’t hurt the Hungarians – An antidote to the Turkish poison). In his book Zrínyi wrote: “How it is that you, Hungarians, can see the danger with your own eyes and yet are not awakened from your deep sleep.” Zrínyi was referring to the Turkish danger, but Debreczeni finds the quotation equally applicable to the danger that exists in Hungary today as a result of an uneducated, unassimilated, poverty-stricken underclass with…

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Czech Republic: Racist gang attacks Romani man in Havířov

(…) The attack occurred on Saturday night when the man and his girlfriend were returning to the Merkur Hotel complex. “My girlfriend and I were walking back from the greengrocer’s. We crossed the road. They began to shout at us that we were black monkeys, ‘Die monkeys!’ We hid in the bushes. My girlfriend managed to get away, but they found me in the bushes and began kicking me,” victim Roman. F, who managed to flee and did his best to hide again, told the Polar television station (…).
http://www.romea.cz/en/news/czech/czech-republic-racist-gang-attacks-romani-man-in-havirov