Call to all Roma cultural activists to send information on how many projects have been applied and how they have been approved for the 2019 annual program of the Ministry of Culture

According to the published results of the Annual Program Competition for 2019 by the Ministry of Culture, the approved funding for the implementation of projects is the question: How many Roma cultural workers have applied and how many of them have been approved?

For a timely response to this institution, complete information is needed on the number of submitted applications, the amount of the requested funds, and on the other hand information on the approved funds for the total number of submitted applications.

This initiative is initiated by the President of the REDICM Zoran Dimov, who is a member of the working group for drafting a National Action Plan for the Promotion of Roma Culture, in accordance with the Strategy for Roma 2014-2020. Otherwise, this Working Group was established in November 2018 with a decision by the Government of the Republic of Macedonia and the then Minister without Portfolio Axel Ahmedovski.

The basic point is to see the real number of submitted requests, and then to draw a conclusion on the level at which the Roma culture is targeted, and according to which criteria the Commission from the Ministry of Culture has defined the awarded or denied projects.
Therefore, once again we ask all Roma legal and physical entities in the field of culture who have applied for the Ministry of Culture in 2019 to send information on the applied projects, how many applications they sent, how much the budget was on demand, how much they approved and the amount of indebted and approved assets.

You can do so on the following email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Ministry of Culture for 2019 approved about 12,000 euros for Roma projects. Let's continue with weddings - they are more cost-effective!

After the announcement of the result of the approved funds for cultural events for 2019, which the Ministry of Culture has accepted, the lack of cooperation from all sides is high.

In this context are also included Roma, who have been living in this region for centuries.

And in the past, but now also by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia, once again showed great indolence when it comes to the realization of cultural events of the Roma in the country. Over 30 Roma subjects who were ready to organize cultural events during this 2019 have applied for this competition.
Again, the Commissions that worked on reviewing these projects, as they were "blind" about the significance of these projects when it comes to Roma culture. As a small example, the long-standing subject SP BTR Production has for years organized a series of cultural events that have left a lasting mark and rating for this year have competed with their own two projects, which, according to some criteria of the Ministry of Culture, did not meet the criteria despite their background and no one was approved!

According to the list of approved funds when it comes to cultural events for the Roma, this year, the Commission chose only seven events from five subjects-applicants. Over 40,000 Euros were requested from those entities and around 12,000 Euros were approved,
The publishing association "Kham Syan" for the "Life's Knowledge" work demanded over 1,500 euros, and was given 680 euros. Writer Jusuf Suleiman asked for 2,500 euros for his book "Alijanca", which was given to him 1,500. ZHR "Esma" from Skopje for "Stories of grandmother of my city from the requested 1,750 euros, 1,000 euros have been approved.

Romano Ilo from Skopje for two events Romani May Folklore Days and Romani Music Festival asked for over 20,000 euros, fewer than 3,000 Euros have been approved, as well as Ensemble Rushit Shakir from Kumanovo for the folk festival "Yekhpe" and Roma Tube Fest of the requested nearly 15,000 approved is almost 6..000 euros.

According to the Ministry of Culture, in this 2019 Roma culture is worth only 1,000 euros per month !. Modestly not to say - almost NOW !. Thank you very much that we Roma have appreciated a lot. So we Roma Roma workers forget about culture and focus on what others do not recognize, music and weddings. God is more lucrative!

There may have been 800,000 Roma, Serbs and Jews killed in Jasenovac and therefore should not be silent

Gideon Greyf, an Israeli historian and author of the book "Jasenovac, the Balkan Auschwitz", said that the joint Serbian-Croatian commission of 1945 came to the conclusion that there were approximately 1.4 million victims, and that later scientists confirmed that the minimum number of casualties in Jasenovac was 700,000 .

- Other books write "a few hundred thousand" but I would say the minimum number is 700,000, and maybe 800,000 Roma, Serbs and Jews and other innocent people. They were victims, and we must not keep silent about this, he stressed.

Greyf for TV Pink said a very important initiative to reconstruct and study all the mass graves of that period, with the emphasis that Israel in that segment has great experience and technology.

Greyf also noted that filming the Jasenovac film with renowned director Emir Kusturica considers as its moral obligation that this must be realized. Kusturica said he would do everything in his power, and I'm here to help him with his history, "said Greyf.

He pointed out that in some European countries, those who deny Nazism and the Holocaust are stronger and do everything to forget and fail.


History of Roma: Slaves in Europe

Roma in Europe moved about 1100 and their trades, such as making tessile, weapons and the like, were used by Europeans. But because of the different language and the dark color of the cosset, the attitude towards the Roma changed.

Due to the frequent wars in Europe, many trade routes were closed, the military and the population were hard-fed, they began to rely more on a free labor force for cheaper food and goods production. In other words, the Roma turned them into slaves.

The oldest document mentioning the Roma as slaves was between 1331 and 1355, during the reign of the Austrian military leader Rudolf IV and the king of Serbs, Bulgarians, Greeks and Albanians - Stefan Dushan, where one fifth of their Roma gave it to the monasteries and landowners.
Roma were divided as house slaves and slaves to work in the fields.
Otherwise Boyari (feudal aristocracy in Russia, Bulgaria, Moldova and Wallachia) were the most rigorous to their slaves. They had a special penal law where Roma beating on their feet was allowed until "meat hangs in towels". If they caught a fugitive, after ruthless whipping, they would place an iron bang around their necks with sharp spikes so that they could not move their head, and if they accidentally move up or fall asleep because those spikes around their necks would kill him.
In other parts of Europe, it was not so explicit the slavery of the Roma, but the situation may have been even worse. Pope Pius V tried in 1568 to embolden all Roma from that region under the influence of the Roman Catholic Church.
The Portuguese in the 17th and 18th centuries sent the Roma to their colonies in South America, Africa and India, while Portuguese King Ivan V developed obsessive hatred for the Roma and regularly sent them to Brazil and Angola without any charges against them.

In France, deportation decisions are from 1427, where they were initially only occasional, but from 1560, commands began to emigrate immediately to leave the country or to embark on galleries. King Louis XIV in 1682 gave orders that all Roma-moths in bands to embark on galleries, and women flog and be expelled from the kingdom without any form of trial.
Otherwise, in the German museum in Nordlingen - Nordlingen, many torture tortures used against Roma in Germany can be seen, as well as a poster showing Roma with fragmented skin and flesh from whipping, before they are taken to hanging, with the inscription "Punishment for Roma and Their Wives in this Country" The complete legal provision for the freedom of the Roma slaves, commonly known as the "Sloboda", where the European Roma people mention today, occurred in

1864th year. A coup and the government of the new Romanian state, under the leadership of Mikhail Kogalniceeanu, who represented the advanced wing, passed a law that abolishes slavery and domination and gave it the land to the peasants.


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