Police have cleared hundreds of Roma people from a slum-like camp built on a disused rail line in north Paris. More than 350 Roma people had lived in the camp on La Petite Ceinture since mid-2015. Activists said many left early ahead of the police action. The site belongs to the national rail authority SNCF. France has one of Europe's toughest policies towards Roma. Most live in camps that are regularly demolished and every year thousands are deported.
The next concert of Roma and Sinti Philharmonics, "Requiem für Auschwitz" from Roger Moreno Rathgeb, will be performed in the "Frauenkirche Dresden" an 27th January 2016. Chimes and drumbeats are at the beginning of a work that was written against forgetting. The Sinto musician Roger "Moreno" Rathgeb composed his Requiem for Auschwitz in memory of hundreds of thousands of Roma and Sinti who perished in Auschwitz-Birkenau during the WWII.
Out of the 25 countries that have ratified the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML), 15 have officially recognised Romani as a minority language traditionally present on their territory. This is the highest number of ratifications for a single language under the Charter and it reflects, among others, the status of Romani as a European language.
The Fifth Dosta! Congress Prize has been awarded to four communities, rewarding their distinguished efforts for their participatory and innovative work in combating anti-Gypsyism and promoting the inclusion of Roma in political and social life. The 2015 laureates are Ghent (Belgium) for the First Prize, Kragujevac (Serbia) and Reggio Nell’Emilia (Italy) for the Second joint-Prize and Madrid (Spain) for the Third Prize. By this prize, the Dosta!
On 6 and 7 October 2015, the Council of Europe is organising together with the Government of “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” the 5th International Review Conference of Roma Women in Skopje at the Hotel Holiday Inn.The Review Conference will be attended by more than 100 participants, including Roma women from 20 member States of the Council of Europe, political figures, government representatives and experts.