Global Minorities Alliance calls for inclusion and Roma rights

Press Release

GMA delegates with Anne McTaggart, Member of Scottish Parliament

GMA delegates with Anne McTaggart, Member of Scottish Parliament

Global Minorities Alliance is highlighting the plight of the most persecuted minority in Europe, and urges the Scottish Government to introduce national laws to aim for the inclusion and protection of Roma communities in Scotland.

The Alliance also calls for a commission to be set up to counter anti-gypsyism to address the current negative stereotyping of Roma in Scotland.

To commemorate 8th April, which is International Roma Day, the Alliance has also published a report which examines four core issues faced by Romacommunities across Europe, i.e political discrimination, lack of political representation, statelessness and urban marginalisation.

The report highlights the decades-long marginalisation of one of the most vulnerable ethnic groups in the continent; a group which continues to face obstacles on their way to having their full human rights, as well as socio-economic entitlements, recognised.

Since their migration to Europe in the 12th century, Roma people have faced enslavement, abuse and discrimination. The persecution reached a climax during World War II ,where Roma people were systematically slaughtered by the Nazis. The Alliance report recommends that European states should establish Truth and Reconciliation Commissions to fully recognise the mass atrocities faced by Roma during War World II. The recognition of this ‘forgotten genocide’ might be a way to restore trust between Roma people and European society. Continue reading

Glasgow bar Bloc+ raises funds for Global Minorities Alliance

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#GMABlog #persecution #barbloc+ #jesuisbloc+ #fundraising #Glasgow

A Glasgow based restaurant, bar and music venue has raised £315 to help persecuted communities across the world.

Global Minorities Alliance received a cheque from Bloc+ after they learnt that the venue was fundraising for GMA causes by auctioning ‘Je suis Bloc+’ t-shirts.

Global Minorities Alliance Ambassador for Music and Culture, Shazar Khan, received the cheque along with Rebecca Gebauer, GMA’s Director of Diplomatic Affairs. They thanked Bloc+ for this generous donation and for their support for the Alliance.

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Placing a leash on a dragon? Defiance of the United States by the ECHR

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By Monique Bouffé

#ECHR #Torture #Guantanamo #HumanRights

Last month, the ECHR (European Court of Human Rights) rejected Poland’s appeal of al-Nashiri v. Poland and Abu Zubaydah v. Poland for the Grand Chamber to rehear the entire case. This is a fundamental step for the protection of human rights with regard to the rule of law and torture, and shows the Court beginning to extend, if unintentionally, its influence outside of the scope of the Council of Europe.

These cases in question concern Poland’s assistance of the United States’ ‘High-Value Detainees Programme’, by allowing CIA agents to abduct suspects, secretly and forcibly transfer the applicants across borders to secret detention centres, where they were subsequently detained and tortured for information on Al Qaeda and the Taliban. This was done to at least 136 persons without any access to legal counsel, family or friends and without any information or knowledge of when, or if, they might be released. Both applicants in question are still detained indefinitely in Guantanamo Bay without charge.

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