Romania: Conference on Roma Rights

 SO KERES, EUROPA? – What’s up Europe?

“In Europe, a lot of young Roma need to fight against stereotypes and discrimination every day. It is time for us to claim our space and build a movement of Roma in Europe!”, says Alexandra Bahor, a young Romni from Romania. 


Around 300 young Roma and Non-Roma youth activists and youth leaders from more than 15 European countries are expected to brought together for a multifaceted program, including workshops, interactions with the local communities and a public event in Cluj-Napoca. The city was selected to hold the title of the European Youth Capital 2015 – A considerable occasion to raise the voice of Roma youth on a European level!

Cluj-Napoca stands in the centre of our event for a very specific reason: On 17 December 2010, 76 families were forcibly evicted without adequate notice by local authorities from Coastei Street in the centre of the city of Cluj-Napoca. No consultation with the affected families took place prior to the eviction and no feasible alternatives to the eviction were explored. Forty of these families were relocated to inadequate housing conditions on the outskirts of the city (in Pata Rat), close to the city’s garbage dump and a former chemical waste dump, while the remaining families were left without alternative housing. We want to share the interests of the communities and show solidarity!

The idea is to offer a platform to young people to express themselves, their knowledge and ideas. Not only topics such as the Holocaust and especially Transnistria will stand in the centre of attention but also questions around Europe, identity and discrimination. The arts will not lose out either: Singing and dance workshops as well as street music and graffiti are part of the activities. The knowledge and discussions will find their expression through 48-hour-actions and the initiative and the engagement of the Changemakers. In Cluj, the participants create their own projects and will find the space to raise awareness for curical issues and a topics. During the event-week fun and relaxation will not come too short: Open discussions, jam sessions and

The initiators of the event are Phiren Amenca, a Roma organisation based in Budapest and the Platform of Former Volunteers. The latter is a new project by Phiren Amenca for former and current volunteers of the organisation who want to actively engage and exchange experience and knowledge after or during a voluntary service. The Platform is an open space for the development of projects and exchange that are initiated by its members.

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Refugee Week 2015: celebrate!

refugee weekBy GMA

There are lots of reasons for sadness this year’s #RefugeeWeek. According to Refugee Action, there are now more refugees worldwide than ever before; one in every 122 people worldwide is displaced from their home, and someone is forced to flee every two seconds. This year, more than 1,800 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean, and more people set out into the unknown everyday.

And yet the theme for this year’s Refugee Week is celebrate. Why? Because behind all the sadness (and behind all the media scaremongering about ‘migrants’ which cannot see the story behind a refugee’s flight) there is something else which needs to be grasped – that is, that #RefugeesContribute.

There’s the journey, there’s the fight to be recognised as being in need of protection, and then there’s integration into often new ways of life in a new country. It’s a process which requires resilience to get by, and this resilience often leads to refugees contributing way more back to a country than they supposedly ‘take’, as these images show:

10360624_10153949505249377_3448472978362496321_n 10563098_10153949505259377_1259230812819714048_n 1461295_10153949505269377_2926693228431033240_n 11061240_10153949505279377_8726795237543755324_n 11401350_10153949505359377_934134908733752965_nAs well as these famous refugees and industries which sprang out of refugee communities, there are many thousands of refugees across the UK trying to make their new country a better place, as #RefugeeWeek shows.

#RefugeeWeek in Scotland has become such a large cultural event that this year (which is also the Scottish Refugee Council’s 30th anniversary) it became a Refugee Festival instead. More than 100 events across many different mediums (theatre, comedy, film, art, music, family events, community events, discussions, workshops, etc) celebrated what a diverse and welcoming place Scotland can be. The photos from the Welcome Tent which was erected in the city centre – which can be viewed here – show how positive the messages about refugees can be when celebration (rather than persecution) is focused on.

The world can be a dark place for people seeking safety at the moment, full of war and danger and discrimination. The news gets worse and worse; but that doesn’t stop refugees from finding safety, and succeeding against the odds.

So this year, for Refugee Week, celebrate the contributions refugees have made – and think about the contributions refugees will continue to make to our country.

War Is The Enemy

Humans have been fighting one another since primitive times, but people have also been debating about the rights and wrongs of fighting for just as long. War is ancient and modern, but has war really benefited the globe?

War can be defined as a state armed dispute between different countries and groups within a country. It contends by force of arms, such as in conflicts and crusades.

War is a calamity formed by people, against others. According to most, war isn’t just a chance, instead it is always a choice that someone makes. Countries spend a lot of cash on exercising soldiers to fight and kill. Countries spend even more on producing and formulating weapons and machinery to fight and kill.

Here the term Pacifism comes into place. Pacifism can be defined as the judgement that war and violence is inexcusable and that all disagreements should be resolved through unwarlike means. Pacifism can also defined as learning to outdo the governed belief that armed force is a reasonable way in negotiating with disagreements. Pacifists see war as human punishment to solve issues with ferocity, savagery and killing, as well as state that society has already become level-headed for the modern world, to determine that warlike outrage is an offence, people need to be charged for them, adjudicated and therefore penalised. In essence, Pacifists believe that war is a crime against humanity and that issues should be sought out in another way.

The bottom line of Pacifism is the following: war distorts the standard objectives of society, where morality is forgotten and it is impractical and senseless in a conflict, where the strong do what they want and the weak do what need to do. The choice to pursue war is ruled by pragmatism, which is defined as an approach that assesses theories or viewpoints, in terms of triumph of their actual implementation.

War also effects and puts immense impairment on the economy. If one does not have relative knowledge and profit to formulate weapons, then amenities will not be used coherently. This will lead to society suffering, not just in the front of soldiers, but in the front of their homes, where they will combat hunger.

Throughout the years, governing superiors have formed hate and fear to influence people to participate, even if it’s conflicting to their intuitive and peaceful inclinations. They begin by automating the enemy and anyone who goes against them in their own country. They then proclaim that their arguments are correct, imperial and loyal to murder, in the name of their homeland. Therefore evil ploy is vital for the governing superiors.

We do not need to educate society that killing is wrong, as society already knows this. What we instead need to do is educate society that it’s not correct, imperial or loyal to murder someone that has caused no harm or precisely intimidates you. It is not ones job to murder purely because of controlling superiors. The world needs to come together to promote peace.

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