SUPPORTER OF THE WEB SIDE

MR. AGUSH DEMIROVSKI FROM MACEDONIA

NEVER SAY AND JUDGE OTHER PEOPLE BEFORE LEARN ABOUT THEM WHO THEY ARE

The Roma mobilize their own knowledge: this is a paradigm shift. Interview with Tímea Junghaus

An international centre of Roma culture will open in Berlin in September. Supported by the Council of Europe, Open Society Foundations, and the German Foreign Ministry, the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) will host exhibitions, conduct scientific research, and support the work of local Roma organisations across Europe through lobbying strategies, encouraging the dissemination of information and fostering cultural mobility.

April 8th International Roma Day -The Video is taken by Moses Solomon

April 8, 1971, Orpington, near London, was held the first World Roma Congress. Since then, April 8 has a special place on the calendar for all Roma celebrating this day.The day was formally ratified during the 4th World Roma Congress in Poland in 1990.Much has changed in Eastern Europe over 22 years. But one group that has seen relatively little improvement in its fortunes over this period has been the Roma. Unemployment levels among Roma remain high. Access to decent education, health care, and other social services is limited. Representation in politics and business is minimal. And discrimination remains pervasive.

The Istanbul Roma that once were...... Sulukule

This is a rough cut of a personal project that I co-produced with Tuncay Toker. It was never aired. We tried many different media outlets at the time the demolitions were coming into full effect, but no one seemed to be interested in Istanbul's Roma community. Their community has now been destroyed because of neo-conservative economic policies. Istanbul's Roma have since been displaced and are scattered across the city and beyond. Parisian ghetto style neighbourhoods are being created outside the city. Development, yes, but at what cost? Destroying the social fabric of a city is a crime and should be stopped. Unfortunately Istanbul is racing ahead with development projects that often don't include any real thought for the protection of what makes this city so exceptionally special - its cultural heritage needs to be protected. Film by Jody Sabral & Tuncay