The Council of Europe calls on member states to better study the history of the Roma

The Council of Europe has for the first time called on its member states to better integrate the history of Roma into curricula.

 The recommendation, adopted by the Committee of Ministers, a body representing the foreign ministers of the pan-European organization, "calls on member states for the first time" to integrate Roma's history into programs and educational materials, "the statement said. of the Council, which calls for the fight against "permanent anti-organization" in Europe.

The recommendation "aims to strengthen understanding of the fact that Roma are an integral part of national and European society" and emphasizes "the importance of Holocaust teaching by the Nazis and their allies and other acts against them (across Europe)". .

The text of the resolution calls on states to integrate "commemorative activities" related to the European Day of Commemoration of the Roma Holocaust, scheduled for August 2, or by choosing a "date that best suits the historical context of the country concerned, for example during local commemorations related to the closure or deportation of Roma to concentration camps. "

The Committee of Ministers also considers it important to include "positive stories from the history" of the Roma, such as their "contribution to local, national and European cultural heritage" or their "active role (..) in the anti-Nazi and anti-fascist movements of resistance ”.

In addition to the six million Jews deported by the Nazis during World War II, Hitler's sheikh reserved the same fate for approximately 500,000 members of ethnic communities called Roma, Sinti, or Gypsies. August 2 was declared a day to celebrate their Holocaust. Twenty-three thousand Roma from all over Europe were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau between March 1943 and July 1944. Almost everyone died there.

And the pandemic is an obstacle to the 2021 census, not just the law

Prior to the postponement of the 2021 census, parliamentary parties could not reach an agreement for months on a law that would allow for statistical operations.

Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani announced today that the population census will probably return to the political agenda after the elections.

Working groups had the last attempt to "fix" the Law on the Census a few months ago, when some of the remarks made by the opposition were harmonized.

The population census, scheduled for April, has been postponed due to early parliamentary elections. Announce that the census will be conducted in April 2021.

Prior to the postponement of the census, parliamentary parties could not reach an agreement for months on a law that would allow for statistical operations.

The last census in the country was conducted in 2002, after the military conflict. In 2011 there was an attempt to conduct a census, but the census was interrupted by a decision of the then government of VMRO-DPMNE and DUI. In this case, the SPO also opened a case involving DUI leader Ali Ahmeti and former Prime Minister and VMRO-DPMNE leader Nikola Gruevski.

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With the online archive, a reliable source of knowledge has been created, available worldwide, that opposes stereotypes and prejudices with facts.

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Czech Republic: Romani actors should boycott Czech cop show over antigypsyist content

The Czech TV station TV Prima and its program "Police in Action" (Policie v akci) are being discussed on Romani-related Facebook pages in the Czech Republic. Once again, the channel is not exactly getting rave reviews.

"Today, after a long time, I once again saw the Police in Action program on TV Prima - and I was absolutely horrified. I've only seen it twice, but both times, Romani people  have been depicted there as animals stealing mobile phones, mugging a women at knifepoint, etc.," posted the anonymous administrator of the Facebook page called "The Roma of the Czech Republic Vote" (Romové-České republiky-volí).

The Facebook critic is not doubting whether such things actually happen, but is of the opinion that almost all such cases are due to "Romani junkies who are addicted to drugs, which the rest of us Roma are naturally not proud of at all! HOWEVER, there is a 'but' here! What is the purpose of this program? To spark even more animosity among the majority society against us? Are there too few drug addicts, murderers or pedophiles from the majority society for TV Prima to show them? The purpose is clear, it is to constantly confirm to the majority society that we Roma will never improve, that we are just criminals."



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