Due to the consequences of the coronavirus, the EU is helping the media in Serbia with 2.4 million euros

The European Union (EU) has provided € 2.4 million in grants to help the media cope with the effects of the coronavirus and continue to produce content at a time of great loss and challenge, FoNet reports.
The support will be provided during these 36 months and will be implemented by the European Fund for Democracy (EED).
The head of the EU delegation to Serbia, Ambassador Sam Fabrici, noted that "the media around the world have been trying to cope with new economic challenges and technological changes in recent years. "The COVID-19 pandemic, which affected almost all professions, further aggravated the situation in the media, especially those of a local nature," Fabrici said.


Romani people in Turkey

The Romani people in Turkey (Turkish: Türkiye'deki Romanlar). There are many subgroups, the majority group are the Şoparlar, who live in East Thrace. All subgroups in Turkey have in common, that they are Sunni muslims and speak Turkish.

There are officially about 500,000 Romani in Turkey

There are records of the presence of the Romani people from AD 800 in Thrace, known in Greek as Athinganoi and in Turkish as Çingene. The Romanlar in Turkey have their own oral tradition, according to which their Ancestors, once came as Traders from different parts of India and Pakistan as well. They arrived at the time of the Indo-Roman trade relations, to Egypt (Roman province), and settled arround the Red Sea coast. From there they went to Arabian Peninsula, to Mesopotamia, to Persia to Lesser Caucasus to East Anatolia. With the expansion of the Ottoman Empire, Romani settled in Rumelia (southeastern Europe) under Ottoman rule. The name Roman/Romanlar came from the Turkish Doğu Roman İmparatorluğu (eastern Roman empire). Sulukule in Istanbul is the oldest Romani settlement in Europe, recorded in 1054. The majority of the Romani people in Turkey live in East ThraceMarmara Region and Aegean Region. Uniquely in Ottoman history, the Muslim Romani people were given their own sanjak, or province, the sanjak of Vize. Romani people in Turkey speak Turkish as their first language, and no longer use Romani. They often marry non-Romani.

The descendants of the Ottoman Romani today are known as Muslim Roma. They are of Sunni Islamic faith of Hanafi madhab, and practise male Khitan (circumcision). In Edirne, the Kakava festival is held every year.

In modern Turkey, Xoraxane Romani do not have a legal status of ethnic minority because they are traditionally adherents of the Islamic faith, adherents of which, regardless of ethnicity or race, are considered part of the ethnic majority in Turkey. This goes as far back as the Treaty of Lausanne (1923), in which Section III "Protection of Minorities" put an emphasis on non-Muslim minorities. A group of Turkish Romani appears in the 16th century Ottoman Constantinople of the video game Assassin's Creed: Revelations.

Notable people

Sibel Can, Turkish folk pop and classical music singer

Didem, Turkish belly dancer, model and singer

Kibariye, Turkish Arabesque-pop singer

Özcan Purçu, Turkish politician

Hüsnü Şenlendirici, Turkish musician

Selim Sesler, Turkish clarinet virtuoso of Romani heritage

Ankaralı Turgut, Turkish musician

Rafet el Roman , Turkish Popstar

Appallingly racist attempt to evict Ukrainian Roma community from village in Kharkiv oblast

The good news about the anti-Roma conflict in Andriyivka (Kharkiv oblast) on 29 August is that the law enforcement bodies behaved extremely well, very likely averting bloodshed. The bad news is, of course, that an incident involving members of a single Roma family was used to fire up a huge crowd and provoke demands that all of the Roma community in Andriyivka be evicted.  One family almost certainly remains in the hiding place provided by the police, and others have every reason to feel frightened in their own homes.

What happened a few days later was much more disturbing.  There are around 300 Roma in Andriyivka which has a population of around nine thousand people.  Vitaly Stepanenko, called a public meeting for 31 August (a Saturday morning) in the central square, with this attended by around 500 people.  Stepanenko made the first, incendiary speech in which he claimed that Roma were committing acts of lawlessness, hooliganism and crimes and that the local police and authorities were turning a blind eye to this.  Judging by some of the speeches, people were intent on expressing general discontent with the authorities, however there was a pronounced anti-Roma message, which Stepanenko, in particular, was fuelling.   He specifically accused members of the Roma community of involvement in drugs and drug trafficking, and called on the police to organize a patrol of the village and neighbouring Donets.



RDS: With the new position Directory for Roma Issues, results can be achieved, but only with real work and high engagement

Today, when we celebrate 29 years of independence from our country, one of the questions that arise is: Where is the Roma community here ?. The elections are over, the Government has been formed, some of the ministries have been restricted and among them one that has been intended for the Roma for decades - the Ministry without portfolio for the implementation of the Roma strategy.

In the new Government Scheme, this place is now replaced by a Directory. Who will lead that department is still unknown, but the fact is that most Roma parties and organizations, associations and the like. they are literally "fighting" over who will take that position.

RDS from the aspect of a long-term expert on the situation with the Roma community in the country together with the Network for Sustainable and Systemic Solutions composed of Roma NGOs and associations, repeatedly reacted and offered plans and strategies to state institutions (Government, ministries, parliament). Those strategies were essentially comprehensive, and made good analyzes, plan and program for their realization and implementation.

But what is here is. Now the new Directory gives a different chance for the realization of some of those plans. The opinion of RDS is that in order to resolve those issues related to the Roma community in the country, it is necessary to appoint a real person and a team that will work in the next period. At the same time, real engagement and sincere intentions are needed, without improvisations. A connection with all relevant factors is also needed to ask questions important to the Roma community. The focus of the work needs to be placed on the priority areas that will be proposed by organizations and associations, and not to represent some form of party agenda.

According to RDS, these are in the field of social, health, employment, housing and also the focus should be on the upcoming population census which is scheduled for 2021, to know the exact demographic picture in the country and no more room for manipulation and favoritism. of one and minimizing another community.

It is necessary for the future head of that directory to be accessible, transparent, and at the same time flexible and ready for cooperation with all parties. Because only in that way can results be achieved that will benefit the Roma community as a very important element.

Here is RDS and the Network for Systems Solutions with wide arms for cooperation with all parties. Finally, RDS mentions in this case that everyone is equal and no one wants to be underestimated, discredited and no one should be favored. It is about the nation and not about individuals or a group of people.


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