Germany and racism: Sinti and Roma are threatened everywhere

In Germany, it is documented for the first time where and how "anti-Gypsyism" occurs. It is often found in state institutions. Are 621 registered incidents with an "anti-Gypsy" connotation in one year too many or too few? Is violence against Sinti and Roma decreasing or increasing? The Center for reports and information on "anti-Gypsy" phenomena (MIA) will be able to give answers to these questions in 2024 at the earliest. The balance that is now presented is a premiere. Unlike the status report published in 2021 by the Independent Commission, from now on the new form of reports is planned on an annual basis.

"With that, the MIA will shed light on a series of 'anti-Gypsy' crimes and incidents", writes in the foreword the president of the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma, Romani Rose. The MIA Center, which is funded by the Family Ministry in Germany, does not refrain from using discriminatory words for the sake of better understanding. "In our report, we use the term 'gypsy' in some places. Such an 'anti-Gypsy' term causes a lot of suffering, violence and isolation to this day. We use the term as rarely as possible and exclusively in quotation marks," the MIA team explains its decision. With quotation marks, it should be made clear that such a term and the "anti-Gypsy" representations and prejudices hidden behind it are only a construction. of the majority in society, say MIA.





IRU with a reaction to the insult to the Roma by Conner Russo, the president of the "Voruit" party from Belgium: "Joking or not, what was expressed is an insult to the Roma community, a reaction is needed"

After the recent controversy that rocked Belgium, caused by inappropriate remarks of Conner Rousseau, the president of the "VORUIT" political party, leaves a bitter taste not only for the Roma, but also for everyone who cherishes basic values.

The apology given during the press conference is in some respects good, but the lack of a specific apology to the Roma by Mr. Russo casts a shadow over its sincerity and raises the question of whether this incident is just a political maneuver or a genuine apology.

IRU reacts to the silence of the political elite regarding the support for the Roma community. Criticism of racism is present, but solidarity with those directly affected is absent. Where are the ministers from Belgium to express Belgium's bitterness in the EU institutions?

That is why the IRU asks the Belgian authorities, as well as the EU, to react promptly and preventively. So that the Roma from Belgium do not feel that they are left alone and without support. Conner Russo himself should know that it is the responsibility of political leaders to express themselves with great care and respect for all communities."

Belgium, as part and at the same time the "heart" of Europe, must show that it is open to all its citizens, regardless of skin color or cultural backgrounds.

In the future, the IRU will not tolerate such developments, and also, if insults continue in this way, it will engage in organizing, together with other relevant Roma organizations, mass protests throughout Belgium and other European cities," says the statement of the IRU signed by its president Zoran Dimov. .

At the beginning of October, 111 years since the famous Kumanovo battle, new details about the famous Roma trumpeter Amet Ametovich

At the beginning of October of the current year, 111 years have passed since the famous "Battle of Kumanovo". A significant contribution to the unfolding of this legendary battle against the Turkish Ottomans was made by the military trumpeter Amet Ametović, a Roma from Leskovac, who deceived the enemies of the Serbian army by playing the signal for retreat and the signal for the attack to the Serbian army... For such a deed, King of Serbia HRH Petar the First Karadjordjević was awarded him with the highest Serbian award. However, historians who later covered this battle made a careless mistake: that it was Ahmed Amedović (and not properly Amet Ametović). His descendants even today, among whom is Vladimir - Vlada Amzić, editor at the House of Roma Culture in Leskovac, beat the bull that that the mistake is corrected, and that at least one street in Leskovac bears the name of the legendary war trumpeter from Leskovac... During our conversation today, they told us that the people of Leskovac, like Nišlije, could erect a monument to this and other Roma musicians and form a youth music competition in Leskovac...


Video: Tragedy: One-year-old Roma girl dies a day after being placed in a foster family, her father seeks answers

On the afternoon of September 4, a one-year-old girl from Pečenjevac near Leskovac was placed in a foster family in the village of Šarlince, and the next morning her father was informed that his daughter had died. According to still unofficial information from pneumonia.

The unhappy father claims that the document for his consent to hand over the child to foster care was literally forged, and the Center for Social Work denies this.

"I'm just looking for answers." Three weeks have passed since then, and I don't know anything, nor have they told me anything at the Center for Social Work. They brought my dead child home without any documents, I buried him without a death certificate, and the autopsy report is still not there," said Denis Demirovic, the father of the deceased girl.

The director of the Center for Social Work, Predrag Momčilović, claims that Demirović voluntarily gave his consent that day for the two girls to be placed in a foster family and that all legal procedures were followed.

For the case of the death, he adds, the investigation procedure is being conducted before the Higher Public Prosecutor's Office in Leskovac, and the autopsy report has not yet been fully completed.

In the child's electronic health records, it can be seen that on August 19, he was taken to the doctor because of a sore throat," Momcilovic points out. .

The father, on the other hand, claims that the child was completely healthy when he handed him over to social workers.

"It is true that he had a fever a week ago. I took her to the doctor on August 26, 27, 28 and 29. After that, she was completely healthy. Did the doctor give the wrong treatment? But if it is as they claim, why was the child not examined by doctors before being taken to a foster family? Does this mean that the social workers were irresponsible and did not respect the legal procedures?" Demirovic doubts.

The director confirms that the child was placed with a foster parent without a previous medical examination.

There is an announcement on social networks that the REU organization offered to give the Demirović family free legal assistance, but unfortunately, Mr. Imer Kajtazi did not appear at the scheduled meeting with the REU president. For what reasons it is not yet known, the president of the REU Parliament, Tanja Jovanović Milovanović, announced on her FB profile.



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