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ERRC: Europe has an increase in the collective punishment of Roma for individual offenses

The European Roma Rights Center (ERRC) published a list of facts condemning the acts of collective punishment of the Roma community in 10 European countries.

The publication was published during the "EU Roma Week" event, held in the European Parliament of March 18-21, and pointed out examples of violations committed against Roma by state authorities and far-right groups.

The fact sheet highlights the collective punishment against Roma in Europe, disputes the collective perception of Roma, where racist officials use them as justifiable but unlawful punishment of the entire community, for alleged crimes of some Roma individuals.

The ERRC condemns the violation of individual rights, and consider that collective punishment is one of the most extreme manifestations of anti-Roma sentiment in Europe, writes European Interest.

"Regardless of the society where public institutions allow the collective punishment of an ethnic group, where several people are susceptible to a crime, or simply because they are poor, violating the fundamental principles of any state where the laws of a lawful state are governed", the director of the ERRC , Adam Weiss

Hungarian bishop complains about the situation of the Roma in the country

The Hungarian Bishop Janos Szekely warns of the consequences of social exclusion of the Roma in his home country. In the majority of communities inhabited by Roma in the northeast and south of Hungary, there is "huge misery", complained the diocesan bishop of Szombathely in an interview for the current issue of the Catholic weekly "Uj Ember".

Unemployment is high, school education is of the lowest quality and people feel a sense of hopelessness. "The longer the social advancement of the Roma is postponed, the closer we come to a split in the country", feared Szekely, the Rome Apostolic Commissioner of the Hungarian Bishops' Conference.

Politics and Hungarian society abandoned people instead of using resources for their equality. In the regions inhabited mainly by Roma, in the face of the situation, there is a longing for the emergence of a separate Roma country. "Far and wide we hear of the Roma: If a country does so little for us, then it is better to go their separate ways," said the Bishop.

Link: https://www.kathpress.at/goto/meldung/1750929/ungarischer-bischof-beklagt-lage-der-roma-im-land

The highest European salaries are from the EU, the Balkan countries at the bottom

According to the latest data published by the Eurostat survey, published by several Balkan media, the highest non-EU citizens are on the Old Continent.

At the very top is Switzerland with an average monthly salary of 4,370 euros, the second is Iceland with 3,568, and the third Norway with 3,310 euros. Of the EU member states, the average wage is the highest in Denmark - 3,309 euros, followed by Luxembourg with 3,159, and Sweden with 2,570 ... The Germans, meanwhile, have an average salary of 2,270 euros.

The lowest salaries in Europe are Moldavians - 212 euros, and a little before them are the Ukrainians with 240 and the Belarusians with 337.

According to these data, in the Balkans the convincing leader is Slovenia with an average salary of 1,077 euros, followed by Greece with 917, Croatia with 827, Romania with 535, Montenegro with 512, Serbia with 460, Bulgaria with 457, BiH with 445, Albania with 378 , Macedonia with 376 euros.

How long will the right to health for Roma women exist only on paper?

And this 8th of April, we, women from the Women's Initiative from Shuto Orizari, marked the International Day of the Roma, alarming about the obstacles that the Romani women in our country are facing today. The obstacles we can not rely on, but over the years it has become clear that the largest among them are unemployment and lack of access to reproductive health services.

Illegal collection and ineffective measures of the Program for active protection of mothers and children significantly burden everyday life, especially among the Roma women, and confirm that in Macedonia the right to health of women in reproductive age is not guaranteed in Macedonia.

The last Community Evaluation Map, a survey conducted by Shuto Orizari Women's Initiative for the seventh time in the territory of Suto Orizari, indicated that all 100 respondents were unemployed and that even 82% of those in reproductive age paid for an ECHO review in their own gynecologist, although this service is provided free of charge.

Despite the range of measures foreseen in the Program for the Active Protection of Mothers and Children for 2018, which should have facilitated access to health services for marginalized and vulnerable, the survey shows that:

40% of women without health insurance paid for laboratory analyzes during pregnancy and childbirth, although these services are free of charge,
only 16% used the right to free folic acid,
only 11% of pregnant women were visited by patronage nurses during pregnancy,
as many as 12% of pregnant women are minors.

Therefore, it is required from the Ministry of Health and the Health Insurance Fund to finally solve the long-standing problem of unlawful collection of free health services for gynecologists and to improve the implementation of measures from preventive programs for women in reproductive age.

It is appealing to the state and to the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy to give priority to all socially vulnerable categories of citizens in the "tailoring" of employment measures, especially to Roma who belong to the most marginalized group of citizens in the country.

Otherwise, why would I congratulate the International Roma Day?

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