Archiv für März 2011

US-Frauenpreis an ungarische Roma-Politikerin

Agnes Osztolykan wurde für ihren Einsatz gegen Rassismus und Diskriminierung gewürdigt

Budapest – Für ihr Engagement bei der Integration der Roma in Ungarn erhielt die Roma-Politikerin und Parlamentsabgeordnete der ungarischen oppositionellen Grünen-Partei LMP, Agnes Osztolykan, den US-Preis „Women of Courage“. Wie die ungarischen Medien am Donnerstag berichten, wurde die Auszeichnung von US-Außenministerin Hillary Clinton in Anwesenheit von Michelle Obama in Washington überreicht. Clinton würdigte den Einsatz der zur Roma-Volksgruppe gehörenden Politikerin im Kampf gegen Rassismus und Diskriminierung.

Nach der Preisverleihung betonte Agnes Osztolykan, die Auszeichnung nicht allein, sondern im Namen aller ungarischer Roma-Frauen erhalten zu haben, die sich sowohl im Parlament als auch im Zivilleben für die Integration der größten ungarischen Volksgruppe einsetzten. Agnes Osztolykan (36) studierte Politologie, arbeitete als Pädagogin bei der Soros-Stiftung und leitet das Sekretariat der internationalen Initiative „Jahrzehnt-Programm“ in Budapest, die der Verbesserung der Lebensqualität der Roma dient.

Der Preis „Women of Courage“ war 2007 von der damaligen Außenministerin Condoleezza Rice gegründet worden und soll der Anerkennung von Frauen dienen, die sich mit außerordentlichem Mut für die Rechte der Frauen einsetzen. Außer Agnes Ostolykan erhielten weitere neun Frauen aus aller Welt die Auszeichnung in Washington.

Quelle: Der Standard
Stand: 11.02.2011

EU strategy on Roma inclusion

European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek made the following statement on the adoption of the European Parliament report on the EU’s strategy on Roma inclusion:

„I welcome the adoption of the report by the EP as a step forward on Roma inclusion. I pay tribute to our Rapporteur Lívia Járóka for guiding this important report through the European Parliament. If we preach human rights around the world, we also need to respect them particularly in our own backyard.

In particular, the European Parliament calls for equal access for Roma to employment, education and quality housing, the protection of fundamental rights, better use of EU funding and fighting against discrimination at all levels. This will require greater effort from local, national and EU authorities. (mehr…)

Czech court increases sentences for Bedřiška arson on appeal

The High Court in Olomouc has handed down stricter sentences than the first instance court did in the case of an arson attack on a Roma home in the Bedřiška settlement of Ostrava. Instead of suspended sentences, the youth whom the court found responsible for the attack will serve four years in prison and his mother 7.5 years. The High Court judged the youngster’s crime to be attempted reckless endangerment, while his mother was convicted of abetting reckless endangerment.

The son was originally sentenced by the Regional Court in Ostrava to a three-year suspended sentence for attempted reckless endangerment, while his mother was originally given an 18-month suspended sentence for not preventing her son from throwing the Molotov cocktail. No one was injured during the attack, as the fire was put out before the bottle could explode. (mehr…)

Two gatherings against racism and neo-Nazism planned for Nový Bydžov

In response to a march announced for Saturday 12 March by the Workers‘ Social Justice Party (Dělnická strana sociální spravedlnosti – DSSS) in the town of Nový Bydžov, which neo-Nazis are planning to support, two other gatherings against neo-Nazism and racism have been scheduled there. The Nový Bydžov is not alone! Initiative (Iniciativa Nový Bydžov není sám!) is planning a peaceful, non-violent gathering in the town. This will complement a previously announced student gathering which the Mayor of Nový Bydžov speculates will be a gathering of left-wing extremists. According to the Nový Bydžov is not alone! declaration, those signed up to the Initiative will actively come out against racism, neo-Nazism, and crime. „We condemn all criminal acts, but we reject the principle of collective guilt being exploited as part of anti-Roma rhetoric,“ Initiative representatives told news server Romea.cz. (mehr…)

Antiziganism and neo-nazi activity

Novy Bydzov is a small town of around 7.000 people located on the east
from Prague, about one hour driving away. Recently it hit news because
of the so-called racial tension between Roma population and white
inhabitants, followed by the official statement of the Major of the town saying „Roma people rape, steal and loot in the middle of the day“.

Neo-nazis smelt their chance and call for a march through the town.
Their march is organized by the same people as the serious attempt to
mass attack on Roma population in Litvinov two years ago. Translated
call for action follows: (mehr…)

Verdict tomorrow on attempted pogrom in Czech town after two and a half years of delay

Tomorrow (Thursday 24 February 2011) the Regional Court in Ostrava should announce a first-instance verdict in the case of those accused of committing a targeted racist attack on randomly selected Roma people in two neighborhoods of the North Moravian town of Havířov. In 2009, the High Court in Olomouc decided the case could be qualified as attempted murder. The case was therefore removed from the docket of the District Court in Karviná and transferred to the Regional Court.

Almost two and a half years have passed since the crime was committed, and the defendants have been at liberty during that time. The state prosecutor has charged eight young men with committing a racially motivated, targeted gang attack on Roma people in the neighborhoods of Šumbark and Prostřední Suchá in Havířov. One of the victims has suffered permanent damage to his health as a result of the attack. By law the trial will be closed, as one of the defendants was not yet 18 years old at the time of the crime. The announcement of the verdict, however, will be public. (mehr…)

Remembrance for 2009 Roma slayings

Candles were lit and a mass was celebrated in Budapest on Tuesday in memory of the Roma father and his son who were murdered two years ago in the central Hungarian village of Tatarszentgyorgy.

27-year-old Robert Csorba and his five-year-old son were killed by gun shots as they were trying to escape their house set ablaze by a petrol bomb. The six-year-old daughter of the family suffered serious injuries.

The murder was part of a series of attacks carried out in central and eastern Hungarian villages from July 2008 to August 2009. The brutal attacks killed six Roma people and seriously injured five others. A total of 78 shots were fired at nine different locations and Molotov cocktails thrown at seven homes.

Four suspects taken into custody in August 2009 awaiting trial, scheduled for this March.

„We should not let Hungary to be split, and people to be killed only because they were born as Roma,“ Agnes Daroczi of the Phralipe Independent Roma Organisation told the commemoration in front of Saint Stephen’s Basilica.

She said that the Tatarszentgyorgy victims had been killed by „neo-Nazi murderers“ and expressed hope that the court trial would clarify who had stood in the background and commissioned the perpetrators.

Quelle: caboodle.hu
Stand: 23.02.2011

Porrajmos — the persecution of the Roma and Sinti by the Nazis

The Roma and Sinti have their own term for their genocide at the hands of the Nazis. They call it the Baro Porrajmos which means the “Great Devouring.” The total number of Roma and Sinti (Gypsies) who were murdered in the Nazi death camps is still unknown. The US Holocaust Memorial Museum estimates that 220,000 were killed, but other sources put the total deaths at 500,000 or more than half the total number of Gypsies in all the countries of Europe.

After World War II ended, Germany gave compensation to the Jewish survivors, but compensation claims by the Gypsies were denied by the Germans in the 1950s on the grounds that the Gypsies had been persecuted under the Nazi regime because they were “asocial” or had broken the laws of the country, not because of racism. After a few years of protest by the Gypsies, compensation was finally given to the survivors.

In October 1999, I visited the Buchenwald Memorial Site near Weimar, Gemrany. I purchased the camp guidebook from the Buchenwald Museum. (mehr…)

Der Boxer, der nicht siegen durfte

Diffamiert von den Nazis, weil er ein Sinto war – 1942 wurde Johann „Rukeli“ Trollmann ins KZ Neuengamme gesteckt und 1944 ermordet.

Im Ring war er kaum zu besiegen. Doch sein größter Gegner war kein fairer Sportsmann. 1944 wurde der Boxer Johann „Rukeli“ Trollmann im KZ erschlagen. In Berlin-Kreuzberg trägt jetzt eine Sporthalle seinen Namen.

Vielleicht hat Johann Trollmann die Halle am Kreuzberger Marheinekeplatz, die nunmehr seinen Namen trägt, mit eigenen Augen gesehen, auf dem Weg zu seinem größten sportlichen Triumph. Denn ganz in der Nähe, im Sommergarten der Bockbierbrauerei in der Fidicinstraße, wurde am 9. Juni 1933 der Kampf um die Deutsche Meisterschaft der Berufsboxer im Halbschwergewicht ausgetragen. Trollmann, eigentlich zu leicht für diese Gewichtsklasse, traf auf den favorisierten, für seine Schlagkraft berühmten Adolf Witt aus Kiel. Doch mit seinem als „Trollmann-Tanz“ bekannten Kampfstil siegte David über Goliath. (mehr…)

Museum of Roma Culture removed from Holocaust memorial project at Hodonín by Kunštát

Representatives of the Society of Roma in Moravia are criticizing the fact that the Museum of Roma Culture in Brno will not be a co-designer of a new memorial to the Roma Holocaust to be erected at Hodonín by Kunštát. Karel Holomek told the Czech Press Agency today that the museum has devoted itself to the creation of such a memorial for the past 20 years and has a full understanding of the history of the camp. He has sent a letter to the Czech Prime Minister, the Culture Minister and the Education Minister protesting the fact that the museum is about to lose its ability to influence the project.

Last year the Czech Education Ministry planned to build the world’s first information center about the Roma Holocaust at the site of the former concentration camp for Roma in Hodonín by Kunštát. The ministry has recently released the following statement about those plans: „Construction of the large International Educational and Conference Center on a far-off site in the forest is not an economical option. Above all, it would be unsustainable without permanent increases in state investment.“ (mehr…)