Post Tagged with: "Hungarian Roma"

Zsolt Bayer (left) receiving his award from János Lázár. Photo: MTI.

Hungarians return national awards to protest racist Zsolt Bayer’s medal

The Orbán government’s decision to award one of its own with a state medal–Fidesz founder and rabidly racist columnist Zsolt Bayer–has convinced a growing number of prominent Hungarians to return their state distinctions in protest. The message is clear and simple: if the singularly foul-mouthed Mr. Bayer can be recognized by the Orbán regime with the Hungarian Middle Cross–a publicist […]

by · August 22, 2016 · Politics
Noémi's children have been taken away from her and put into foster care. She lives in a shack in the forest, from where she goes to work every morning to a local Tesco.

Evictions in Székesfehérvár: How the Roma Parliament is handling a housing crisis in Hungary

Residents of Székesfehérvár—largely Hungarian citizens of Roma ethnicity—have turned to our organization for assistance in confronting their housing crisis. In three meetings in July, a total of thirty families asked for the Roma Parliament to represent them and advocate for their legal rights and interests. According to the families, there are at least 60-80 households, or about 500 individuals, currently […]

by · July 29, 2016 · Focus
Bursting Jobbik's bubble... Photo: Áron Süveg.

April 8 – International Romani Day

International Romani Day was first declared in 1990 to celebrate Roma culture and raise awareness of the issues facing Roma people and draw attention to discrimination directed at communities globally. Roma people were targeted for extermination by the Nazis in Europe, at least 200,000 were killed in concentration camps between 1939 and 1945. It is estimated that about a quarter […]

by · April 8, 2016 · Culture
Roma in Tiszavasvári. Photo: Dániel Németh / Magyar Narancs

Panic breaks out in a Hungarian Roma community

Panic broke out on Tuesday in the eastern Hungarian town of Tiszavasvári, with parents storming into the local school and kindergarten to take home children, as news spread that the local municipal government, led by far-right mayor Erik Fülöp, was planning to take Roma children into state care. According to official statistics, 9% of the town’s population of 12,840 is […]

by · February 16, 2016 · Focus
Gina Csanyi-Robah

Distorted remarks and lies: Hungarian Government press release distorts remarks from meeting between Hungarian Deputy State Secretary Latorcai and Gina Csanyi-Robah, co-founder of the Canada Romani Alliance

During the last week of November, I received a phone call asking for me to attend a meeting at the office of the Honourary Consul General of Hungary in Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Csaba Latorcai, Deputy State Secretary for Priority Affairs from the Prime Minister’s Office in Hungary, requested a sit down meeting with me to discuss Hungarian Roma in Canada. […]

by · December 11, 2015 · Focus
The victim of the attack in Kőbánya (left) standing with another skinhead, who happens to be Béla Incze, vice president of the Sixty-Four Counties Youth Movement.

A Hungarian skinhead is assaulted – What the story tells us about Jobbik’s media

The Alfahír website, closely associated with Hungary’s Jobbik party, ran a story about a peaceful young man who was brutally assaulted on the streets of Budapest on October 23rd, a national holiday, apparently for no other reason than for being a Hungarian “patriot.” He was beaten up by a group of seven men and women, who Alfahír reported were of […]

by · November 4, 2015 · Politics
László Farkas, also known as gypsyROBOT.

Homophobia in Hungary’s Roma community

Dezső Máté is a Junior Research Fellow at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences’ Institute for Minority Studies whose work focuses on the fate of a minority within a minority: namely the treatment of Gay Roma in Hungary within their own ethno-cultural community. In the past, he has also explored the survival of Roma languages and the representation of minorities  within […]

by · October 29, 2015 · Culture
Mrs. Lajos Nagy (Emma néni): 1944-2015.

The death of Hungary’s “Aunt Emma”

This week, a 71 year old double amputee called Mrs. Lajos Nagy, but much more commonly referred to as Emma néni (Aunt Emma), passed away, after surviving an endless cycle of evictions and homelessness. According to a community group called the Hungarian Social Forum (Magyar Szociális Fórum – MSZF), she was evicted from the homeless shelter where she was staying, […]

by · October 11, 2015 · Focus
The Érpatak model. Photo: Film promotional poster / BIDF

An example of ghettoization in the heart of Europe

On Saturday, I watched the screening of the film The Érpatak Model at the Uránia movie theatre, in Budapest. Until now I assumed that Viktor Orbán’s rotten regime can’t come up with anything new for me. Was I ever wrong! The film depicts how in a community of 1,800 residents, a mayor–who appears to be visibly mentally ill–has essentially become the […]

by · September 28, 2015 · Politics
Canada Border Services Agency.

Canada Border Services responds to HFP: CBSA officers deployed at Budapest Airport

Following an incident that raised concerns surrounding possible discrimination at the Budapest Airport, on the part of Canadian officials who have been reportedly hindering Hungarian passport-holders from boarding Air Transat and SkyGreece flights to Montreal and Toronto, the Hungarian Free Press contacted the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) for comment. Spokesperson Wendy Atkins responded to the HFP’s questions below. Ms. […]

by · August 18, 2015 · East