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Church of England urged to make land available to Roma People

Synod to vote to protect Roma and Travellers from ‘institutional racism’
The Church of England is being urged to make land available for Roma and travelling communities who face institutional racism and ostracisation.

It may also appoint chaplains to provide pastoral care to Roma and Travellers, and to encourage them to become part of the church.

The governing body of the C of E, the synod will vote on a motion this weekend calling on bishops and other senior church figures to “speak out publicly against racism and hate crime directed against Roma, Irish Travellers, and urge the media to stop denigrating and victimising these communities”.

Local and national church bodies must “play their part in lobbying for and enabling  land to be made available” for sites for Roma and Travellers, says the motion proposed by Stephen Cottrell, bishop of Chelmsford.

In an unusual move, people from travelling communities will address synod directly at the start of the debate.


Link: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/22/church-of-england-urged-to-make-land-available-to-gypsies?CMP=share_btn_tw

Hitler's soldiers are still receiving a pension

In Belgium, Britain and some other European countries, members of the Hitler paramilitary Schutzstaffel (SS) continue to receive German pensions.

As NBC writes, it is about 27 former soldiers. The whole situation was revealed when four lawmakers in the Belgian parliament demanded a suspension of the payment of such pensions and screened evidence that they exist and are still paid.

But, as NBC adds, there are no irregularities on the legal side in terms of payments.

Namely, Germany has inherited an obligation from the Third Reich in respect of the payment of pensions to soldiers, as stated in a decree of 1941, signed by Hitler. This is Hitler's only decision that has legally remained in force after the Potsdam Conference in 1945.

The Belgian authorities do not know exactly whose citizens it is, because only the Germans have information about the identity.

Since there is no obligation for EU Member States to inform each other about cross-border payments on pensions, payment is made without taxation. Pensions for Hitler's soldiers are from 425 to 1275 euros.

 

Roma children are most exposed to discrimination and segregation

Despite the measures and activities undertaken so far, the discrimination against Roma children in Macedonia is still present. Major discrimination is evident in the part of the registers related to the issue of persons who are not registered in the register, there is the appearance of segregation on ethnic grounds, especially when it comes to Roma students. Also, the situation with children on the street is alarming, and 98.2% of them are Roma. There have been cases of discrimination in the areas of housing and access to goods and services.

These are just some of the areas of discrimination in Roma children registered in the Report "Roma Discrimination, International and Domestic Regulations, National Policies and Institutional Set-up - Field Case Analysis" that was presented today, and is part of the project "Preventing discrimination against Roma children ".

In order to overcome such conditions, the report states, it should work on raising awareness and capacities in institutions and citizens for protection against discrimination, to increase the awareness of discrimination against discrimination, especially among victims belonging to the Roma community. In order to overcome the state of affairs, it is necessary that the domestic legislation be brought into line with the international law and the obligations that the country has accepted, as well as to improve the implementation of national policies.

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, who addressed the closing conference of the project, said that the state has an obligation to build a society for everyone, not just as a flock, but rather, and that it is the highest on the government's agenda.

- No one should be discriminated against nor neglected. At least it must be a child, especially children from vulnerable categories. For us, such rights and dignified life for all are sincere belief that this is the road to a successful joint state, a home for all, Zaev said.

EU Ambassador to Skopje Samuel Zbogar noted that although many activities are being undertaken in the country for the prevention of discrimination, it is still in place and can be seen on the streets, in the fact that many of the children do not have any documents, live in bad conditions, have no access to education and other services. Therefore, it is necessary to coordinate policies, harmonize objectives and find funds and funds for their realization.

The Ombudsman Ixhet Memeti says that these issues should be spoken openly because, as he said, the problems of the Roma are our problems, that is, problems of the whole society. Inquiry, he said, are we ready to find a solution to the problems and the integration of Roma in society. If that's the case, it should act in that direction, Memeti said.

Swastika on Simon's face - Woman fighter for Roma rights around the world

With this derogatory act two days ago on several mailboxes, the photo of Simon Veil's wife, a human rights fighter, was scraped with a swastika.
Such an act can not be characterized by any other ground, but racism, racism that has no political ideology but a crime and evil against humanity.
Who is Simon Veil?
Simon Weil is a Jewish girl born on July 17, 1927 in the French city of Nice.
She and her entire family were deported to the infamous concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, where she lost a part of her family during the Holocaust.
He served as the first president of the Peace Foundation in de la Shoa, from 2000 to 2007, and then as an honorary president. Simon Weil was also chairman of the European Parliament.
A well-known human rights fighter, but also a great champion of the same rights when it comes to Sinti and Roma.
In 2010, Simone Weil received the Civil Rights Prize for Sinti and Roma
The European Civil Rights Award for Sinti and Roma for 2010 was presented to the former European Parliament President in Berlin for her continued commitment to these two minorities.
She died on June 30, 2017 at the age of 89 in Paris. She was buried in the cemetery of French giants with numerous state honors where she was personally and French President Emanuel Macron.

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