In Memoriam: Marko D. Knudsen (1974 – 2023 )

On November 21, 2023, the Roma and the Roma community both from Europe and the world lost a prominent Roma expert and activist. Marko Knudsen started his activism with his involvement from an early age, and throughout this period he contributed a lot to the fight against discrimination and anti-Gypsyism. He was appreciated both by the Roma community and by others. He expressed his knowledge as an expert for the Georg Eckert Institute, he also worked in the Hamburg Integration Advisory Board, and also as a special education teacher and social worker in the Roma Education Association in Hamburg. Among other things, he was active in the inclusion and participation of Roma and Sinti, Advisor to important Roma and Sinti institutions and personalities: he works as an expert in the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

He was also a famous and recognized film producer and film worker

He worked as a TV producer at Offener Kanal Hamburg,

He lived and worked in Hamburg

The painter Sever Zolak photographs Sladjana Novakov and presents her as a Roma woman with an academic degree, a brave, elegant woman of exceptional beauty.

Sladjana Novakov is an educated Roma woman, with an academic degree, who no longer lives in an informal settlement. He is originally from the Roma settlement Opovo, near Zrenjanin, now lives in Belgrade and is 30 years old. Sever Zolak chose Sladjana for this portrait in order to remind the public of the fact that Roma women are extremely rarely an inspiration for artists, and that, even when they are present in different spheres of art, they are often demystified through the role of unusual women.

This is the first time Sladjana poses. This exhibition was staged in Belgrade, - Museum of the City of Belgrade, Republic of Serbia in the period from 15. 10. - 29. 10. 2020 where the model was Sladjana Novakov, the make-up by Dragan Vurdelja and the dress designed by Ines Jankovic




Due to racial profiling of Roma, S. Macedonia should pay a fine of 13,000 euros, the Court in Strasbourg decided

The European Court of Human Rights passed a verdict against S. Macedonia condemning the racial profiling of Roma at border crossings, and the verdict refers to five applicants of Roma ethnicity, represented by the European Center for Roma Rights (ECRR) from Brussels and private lawyers working for the Macedonian Association of Young Lawyers ( MAYL).

ECRR points out that on October 24, the Court found discrimination against four of the five Roma applicants and a violation of their freedom of movement, adding that the Court ordered the country, within three months after the ruling, to pay them compensation in different amounts based on non-material damage, in the total amount of 13,000 euros. ECRR says that in the judgment passed, the applicants are part of the people who were victims of racial profiling at the border crossings in 2014. The lawsuits before the domestic courts were filed with the joint assistance of the European Center for Roma Rights and the Macedonian Association of Young Lawyers.

Germany and racism: Sinti and Roma are threatened everywhere

In Germany, it is documented for the first time where and how "anti-Gypsyism" occurs. It is often found in state institutions. Are 621 registered incidents with an "anti-Gypsy" connotation in one year too many or too few? Is violence against Sinti and Roma decreasing or increasing? The Center for reports and information on "anti-Gypsy" phenomena (MIA) will be able to give answers to these questions in 2024 at the earliest. The balance that is now presented is a premiere. Unlike the status report published in 2021 by the Independent Commission, from now on the new form of reports is planned on an annual basis.

"With that, the MIA will shed light on a series of 'anti-Gypsy' crimes and incidents", writes in the foreword the president of the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma, Romani Rose. The MIA Center, which is funded by the Family Ministry in Germany, does not refrain from using discriminatory words for the sake of better understanding. "In our report, we use the term 'gypsy' in some places. Such an 'anti-Gypsy' term causes a lot of suffering, violence and isolation to this day. We use the term as rarely as possible and exclusively in quotation marks," the MIA team explains its decision. With quotation marks, it should be made clear that such a term and the "anti-Gypsy" representations and prejudices hidden behind it are only a construction. of the majority in society, say MIA.





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Од 5 Ноември 2022 достапен документарниот филм на СП БТР „Небо, Точак, Земја„ на Max TV и Max TV GO со пребарување –Видеотека


6-to Romano Čhavorikanoo muzikakoro festivali 
„Čhavorikano Suno 2022“ – SP BTR

6-ти Ромски Детски музички фестивал
„Детски Сон 2022„ – СП БТР

6th Romani Children's Music Festival
"Children's Dream 2022" - SP BTR

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