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Xenophobia in Ukraine on the Rise

On October 4, 2005, a conference took place to address the concepts behind the proposed Law of Ukraine on "Protection from Discrimination." Dimitrina Petrova, director of the European Roma Rights Center, together with Parliamentary deputy Ivan Ivanovych Myhovych, Oleksandr Tarnawsky, and numerous other scholars, discussed anti-discrimination laws in Europe and the possibilities of their applications in Ukraine. The passing of such a law in Ukraine would offer the legal basis upon which Roma and other minorities could fight the increasing xenophobia in the country.


The International Renaissance Foundation's New Roma Strategy in Ukraine

The International Renaissance Foundation has been working in Ukraine since 1990 and is one of the thirty autonomous foundations associated with George Soros's Open Society Institute. The goal of these foundations is to sponsor projects that encourage the development of civil society. Last year's budget for the IRF was 6,185,284 USD. 818 projects were sponsored in Ukraine. The International Renaissance Foundation sponsored the Romani Yag Newspaper from 1999-2001.


Roma School Closed in Vynohradiv, Transcarpathia

The "Romano Drom" Roma organization in Vynohradiv has informed Romani Yag that the Roma school in Vynohradiv has been closed. Established by the French organization "Medical Help Without Borders" in 1998, the school had 28 students between the ages 8-15.


"Romano Drom" Organization in Poltava

According to the 2001 Census, 2,000 Roma live in the Poltava oblast. The "Romano Drom" organization under the direction of Oleksandr Buzna works to ensure the protection of Roma rights in the region and works for the general well-being of the Roma communities in Poltava.


Donetsk National Minority Festival - "Friendship 2005"

On September 22, 2005 the Festival of National Minorities took place in the Donetsk Opera House under the patronage of the regional government administration.


Discrimination Continues: Eyewitness Report

My son and I recently traveled to a village in the Liubomyrsk region, Volyn oblast. As our car turned onto the main village road, the local police inspector stopped us. He asked for identification, under the premise that a robbery had taken place in the village. Stating that we, Roma, looked suspicious, he took us to the regional police precinct.


Proceedings Published from Parliamentary Hearings

The "Etnos" press in Kyiv has published the proceedings from the Parliamentary hearings on the status of Roma in Ukraine that took place on April 12, 2005. The hearings were sponsored by the Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights, National Minorities, and International Relations.


Notes on Dr Vania de Gila Kochanowski

Romani Yag recently received the Polish edition of "Roma History, Culture, and Language" written by Dr Vania de Gila Kochanowski, the renowned Roma scholar from France. The Polish edition was published in 2003 in Polish and Romani.


backward #17 (122), Oct. 12, 2005     translated by Dr. Adriana Helbig forward

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