Nantes. Field missions for Romanian families.

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Objective : To encourage the integration of Roma and Romanian children, living in extreme material and moral difficulties in FRANCE. To provide for free distribution of schoolbags. To promote children’s rights, living in discriminated communities, and their right to education.

Location of the action: area of NANTES (44), FRANCE.

Means and resources deployed – September to December 2018 : Our Association sent out a Team of volunteers to organize free distributions of schoolbags, school supplies, toys, chocolates with pralin, for families Roma and Romanian children, living in extreme material and moral difficulties (caravans, muddy campground, driving rain) in the area of NANTES.

Learn more : “For more than a thousand years, Roma people have been an integral part of European civilisation. Today, with an estimated population of 10-12 million in Europe, approximately six million of whom live in the EU, Roma people are the biggest ethnic minority in Europe“.  (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights)

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Field missions with Romanian families.

4 keys to successful Roma inclusion.

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Working with Roma: Participation and empowerment of local communities 

There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to local inclusion but four key elements can boost the chances of success, finds the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights’ latest report.

“Roma are subject to persistent discrimination, marginalisation and are shunned by society,” says FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty. “To break the cycle of poverty borne out of such exclusion, Roma need to be fully involved and fully engaged in any integration efforts that target them.”

The Working with Roma: Participation and empowerment of local communitiesreport draws on lessons learnt from Roma participation in local integration activities in 21 places across 11 Member States. They covered such activities as local housing, education and employment.

Looking across all activities, four key success factors emerge:

  1. Participation: Roma should be meaningfully engaged in projects and policies from start to end. This includes agreeing on specific goals and outcomes, and addressing issues that meet people’s needs, such as adequate housing, education, and jobs. They should also have a real role in decision-making and jointly creating the change they want to achieve.
  2. Trust: As Roma communities and local authorities are often frustrated after repeated efforts that result in little progress, building trust is vital. When planning new activities, focusing on previous successful projects and trusted local authorities, community members and networks who are willing to help also improves success.
  3. Communications: Clear, accessible and targeted communications about aims, what participation actually means, as well as project budgets and whether participation is voluntary or paid, can create real understanding and buy-in of inclusion efforts. It also helps manage expectations. In addition, taking time to support people to properly engage and voice opinions can lead to more sustainable commitments.
  4. Community relations: It is important to know the different relationships within local communities when planning projects. This ensures people who can champion the project are fully on board. It helps to address interests that are shared by Roma and non-Roma alike, such as housing or employment. Allowing all sides to engage in respectful dialogue with local authorities can also improve the chances of success.

Learn more : Press-release/2018/4-keys-successful-roma-inclusion

Nantes. Access to education for Roma and Romanian children.

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Objective : To encourage the integration of Roma and Romanian children, living in extreme material and moral difficulties in FRANCE. To provide for free distribution of schoolbags. To promote children’s rights, living in discriminated communities, and their right to education.

Location of the action : area of NANTES (44), FRANCE.

Means and resources deployed :

September 2018 : Our Association sent out a Team of volunteers to organize free distributions of schoolbags to Roma and Romanian children, living in extreme material and moral difficulties in the area of NANTES.

Learn more : “For more than a thousand years, Roma people have been an integral part of European civilisation. Today, with an estimated population of 10-12 million in Europe, approximately six million of whom live in the EU, Roma people are the biggest ethnic minority in Europe“.  (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights)

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Distribution of schoolbags.

Distribution of schoolbags.

Integration of ethnic and national minorities : Roma and Romanian persons with their children.

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Objective : To encourage the integration of of Roma and Romanian persons, and their children, living in extreme material and moral difficulties in FRANCE. To provide for free distribution of meals and moral support. To restore the human dignity of Roma and Romanian persons, with their children. To promote children’s rights and their right to education.

Location of the action : areal of NANTES (44), FRANCE.

Means and resources deployed :

April 2018 (Easter) : Our Association sent out a Team of volunteers to organize free distributions of chocolates to Roma and Romanian persons, and their children, living in extreme material and moral difficulties in the area of NANTES, and to give them a human and moral support.

Learn more : “For more than a thousand years, Roma people have been an integral part of European civilisation. Today, with an estimated population of 10-12 million in Europe, approximately six million of whom live in the EU, Roma people are the biggest ethnic minority in Europe“.  (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights)

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OENDDF Team in action on a Romanian camp. Didier, Anne.

Distribution of chocolates on a Romanian camp.

OENDDF Young Team on a Romanian camp. Léna, Anaïs, Marie.

Distribution of chocolates on a Romanian camp.

Street work with women living in very precarious situations. TOURS, FRANCE

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Objective : To help women living in very precarious situations. 

Location of the action : TOURS , FRANCE.

Means and resources deployed :

June 2017 One of our Teams of volunteers has made a great Street Work, to meet homeless women who are raising children alone, and to face the challenges of their situation so they can have material needs provided and self-confidence.

Here is Maria, of Romanian origin, mother of two young children, who has made active efforts to find a job in France and who wants to be integrated socially and professionally.

The European Observatory for Non-Discrimination and Fundamental Rights (E.O.N.D.F.R.) has developed an extensive and in-depth expertise in the field of understanding the challenges with isolated homeless persons.

Field for intervention targeted by the European Commission : Europe 2020 Strategy. European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion.

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Street Work with Maria

Street Work with Maria

Street Work with Maria

Street Work with Maria

HAND 4 BURMA e. V – An N.G.O. to support the Rohingya minority.

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PERSECUTION OF THE ROHINGYAS – PLIGHT OF THE REFUGEES

The Rohingya minority is one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.

Myanmar’s treatment of the Rohingya community is an unmistakable and serious breach of international Human Rights Laws. Successive Burmese military governments have since early 1970s viewed the Rohingya Muslim minority, who live on their ancestral borderlands between the Islamic country of Bangladesh and Buddhist Myanmar, as “a threat to Myanmar’s national security and local Buddhist culture”.

The Rohingya persecution by the Myanmar military began in 1978 under the pretext of a crackdown on the illegal Bengali immigration into Western Myanmar from the then newly independent Bangladesh. The military used the Rohingya as a proxy population against the extremely nationalistic and anti-Myanmar Rakhine people, who resent Myanmar rule as a colonial occupation of their once sovereign nation.

The United Nations has repeatedly referred to human rights violations in the region, but the government of State Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi systematically refutes these reports.

On the ground, the soldiers and policemen, who are deployed in western Burma, obey the army chief, not the Aung San Suu Kyi government.

HAND 4 BURMA e. V – AN N.G.O. TO SUPPORT THE ROHINGYA MINORITY

Hand 4 Burma e. V is registered under German court n° VR 5730. Hand 4 Burma e. V has been helping the poor and needy in Bangladesh & Myanmar unregistered refugee camps since 2016 after Genocide begun in Arakan State in Myanmar. Hand 4 Burma e. V is an N.G.O. registered in GERMANY and is a professional group comprised of the Rohingya community. Its aim is to lead the path for effective change in the Rakhine state of Myanmar and Rohingya diaspora, where persons belonging to the Rohingya community are being persecuted daily.

Access to international aid workers and journalists is severely restricted in this area.

Hand 4 Burma e.V is actively seeking partnerships and associations with other development organisations for the following purposes :

  • Technical assistance and training support ;
  • Humanitarian aid ;
  • Community based organizations for self help initiatives ;
  • Community service organizations for identifying working opportunities ;
  • Emergency healthcare through mobile clinics, food and water and medicine.

HAND 4 BURMA e. V has become a Member and a Partner of the European Observatory for Non-Discrimination and Fundamental Rights.

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Yazda – An International Yazidi Organization to support the Yazidi ethno-religious minority group.

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YAZDA – An International Yazidi Organization

Yazda Organization is a US-based, 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, established to support the Yazidi ethno-religious minority group in the United States and the Yazidi homeland in northern Iraq and northeastern Syria. Yazda’s mission is to support the Yazidi community in the aftermath of the August 2014 genocide, committed by the so-called “Islamic State”, that resulted in the death of three to five thousand civilians ; abduction of five to seven thousand, mostly woman and children; and the displacement of 400,000 people from the Yazidi homelands in Sinjar, the Nineveh plain, and Syria.

OENDDF’s social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) : „Yazidi genocide is a reality. Yazda organisation is now established to prevent future genocides“.

Yazda Organisation has become a partner and a Member of the The European Observatory for Non-Discrimination and Fundamental Rights.

 

Yazda Organisation is now established to prevent future genocides.


Sources : the recognition of the Yazidi Genocide – Yazda Organisation (https://www.yazda.org/the-recognition-of-the-yazidi-genocide/)

„The Yazidi people are undergoing a genocide. 85% of the Yazidi population is displaced and over 3,000 women and children remain the captives of ISIS, continually raped and forced to work as slaves.

The international community has produced a definition of genocide, which has been used previously in International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and former Yugoslavia (i.e., there is a precedent, and the International Criminal Court must recognize the horrors taking place in Iraq and take immediate action):

1) The mental element, meaning the “intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such”, and

2) The physical element which includes five acts described in sections a, b, c, d and e. A crime must include both elements to be called “genocide.”
Article II: In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

Article III: The following acts shall be punishable:

(a) Genocide;
(b) Conspiracy to commit genocide;
(c) Direct and public incitement to commit genocide;
(d) Attempt to commit genocide;
(e) Complicity in genocide.
Yazidis have been treated as lesser citizens in Iraq, adding to their difficulties in obtaining legal assistance. Historically, there have been misunderstandings regarding the Yazidi religion, which celebrates God and seven angels. One of these angels has a name which falls close to the devil in Islam. Thus the ethno-religious minority group, the Yazidi, have been massacred dozens of times over the past millennium. Yet today they are being captured and slaughtered by a known and recognized terrorist group, one opposed globally, while the international community makes no strides to assist them.
Multiple United Nations reports have classified ISIS’ attacks on the Yazidi people as genocide, and recognize it as an ongoing problem.

We have seen such ethnic “cleansings” before. The Jewish people, historically persecuted time and again, were killed by the millions in the Holocaust before the international community began to provide assistance. Between 500,000 and 1,000,000 Tutsi were killed in Rwanda in a matter of months. The Yazidi population is already low: estimated at a mere 700,000.

The Yazidi men are being slaughtered, the women and children captured and enslaved. The women and girls are subject to rape (including girls as young as 6, and if the rape is followed by pregnancy, forcible abortions as well), torture, and forced religious conversion. The captured boys were also forcibly converted and indoctrinated with the extremist views of ISIS to serve as soldiers. ISIS is killing both the people and the Yazidi culture.

Seniors members of Yazda and human rights advocates have been pleading the case of the Yazidi people, but thus far to little avail. Most recently, Nadia Murad, herself a survivor of ISIS enslavement, participated in an event in Australia to address the crimes ISIS has committed against minorities in Syria and Iraq and attempts to have the ISIS survivors relocated to Australia.

Increased international attention, both on the slaughter of the Yazidi and the plight of the remaining survivors (current slaves, escaped slaves, and relocated refugees), is a step towards holding ISIS accountable for their heinous and inhumane actions. While last year the UN was dragging its feet on recognizing this crisis as a genocide, based on the definitions accepted in the past courts and ongoing situation, it is clear what is happening in Iraq.

Yet it is clear that the ongoing crisis in Iraq and Syria involving the systemic decimation of the Yazidi people falls under the jurisdiction of the ICC and that ISIS is in the process of committing genocide against them.

ISIS has stated outright that they aim to eliminate the Yazidi population. Those who are captured are forced to convert, those who will not convert are killed. By destroying the homes and communities as well, surviving Yazidi can never return to their homes.

Without help from the international community, the Yazidi people may never recover. Not only do they need aid in defense from ISIS attacks, but also resources. The majority of these people have been relocated to refugee camps (and in many of these are still targets of violence) without adequate supplies. The women and children who have escaped the slavery of ISIS need counseling and support to begin to come to terms with the awful events that have befallen them.

For those who have already been killed in ISIS attacks, Yazda is attempting to document the bodies remaining in mass graves to provide closure to families. Those who still live in Iraq and in unsafe refugee camps need resettlement options, but the ICC is refusing to hear these cases for a minimum of six years. Six more years living under the constant threat of extermination in Iraq and Kurdistan, or without adequate food and shelter in a refugee camp. This is unacceptable.

Yazda further seeks assistance once the Yazidi people have been liberated from Iraq. Not only do the victims of ISIS deserve justice, but there need be new international measures that prevent such genocide from once again befalling the Yazidi.

For over a year, Yazda has been struggling to force recognition of the genocide beyond merest lip service to action. It is the most basic, humanitarian responsibility of the international community to provide assistance. The Yazidi people are dying. They need help“.


 

Integration of ethnic and national minorities, especially Roma and Romanian persons with their young children.

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Objective : To encourage the integration of of Roma and Romanian persons, and their young children, living in extreme material and moral difficulties in FRANCE. To provide for free distribution of meals and moral support. To restore the human dignity of Roma and Romanian persons, with their young children. To promote children’s rights and their right to education.

Location of the action : NANTES (44), FRANCE.

Means and resources deployed :

July and August 2016 : Our Association sent out a Team of volunteers to organize free distribution operations of meals to Roma and Romanian persons, and their young children, living in extreme material and moral difficulties in NANTES (REZE, FRANCE) and to give them a human and moral support. These operations took place with food gifts of Carrefour Market Nantes, our partner of this summer, and with private funds.

Field for intervention targeted by the European Commission : Europe 2020 Strategy. European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion.

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights : “For more than a thousand years, Roma people have been an integral part of European civilisation. Today, with an estimated population of 10-12 million in Europe, approximately six million of whom live in the EU, Roma people are the biggest ethnic minority in Europe“.(http://fra.europa.eu/en/theme/roma).

July and August 2016. Distribution of free meals to Roma and Romanian persons.

Photo Granita Juillet 2016

July and August 2016. Distribution of free meals to Roma and Romanian persons.

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July and August 2016. Distribution of free meals to Roma and Romanian persons.

Photo Maria Juillet 2016

July and August 2016. Distribution of free meals to Roma and Romanian children.

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European campaign against hate crime and for access to justice.

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Objective : To carry out a european campaign against hate crime and for access to justice for all. 

Location of the action : European Union. 

Means and resources deployed :

During the year 2016 : Our Association has started a European campaign against hate crime and for access to justice, with posters recalling the importance of the European Charter for Fundamental Rights in the European Union. 

Posters are translated into English, French, Turkish and Dutch language.

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights :  Violence and offences motivated by racism, xenophobia, religious intolerance, or by bias against a person’s disability, sexual orientation or gender identity are all examples of hate crime“ (learn more : http://fra.europa.eu/en/theme/hate-crime).


„HAVE YOU BEEN THE VICTIM OF A HATE CRIME?

Whether you are a disabled person, a migrant, a homeless person or someone living in temporary accommodation suffering from social exclusion, a person practising a religion, a person with a sexual or gender personal orientation, whether you are a member of an ethnic minority or a national minority of the European Union (Roma, Romanians, Turks, Surinamese, Albanians, Serbs, Bosnians, Somalians, Russians, etc.):

YOU ALL HAVE ACCESS TO JUSTICE AND TO THE LAW!

Our Association, the EUROPEAN OBSERVATORY FOR NON-DISCRIMINATION AND FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS works to guarantee non-discrimination and fundamental rights, with the aim of promoting these and making everyone aware of them.

The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union guarantees the right to effective legal redress and the right to access an independent and impartial court within a reasonable period of time, including the entitlement to legal aid for those who do not possess the necessary resources.

Article 21 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union moreover states that: „1. Any discrimination based on any ground such as sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation shall be prohibited“.

Article 22 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union also states that: „The Union shall respect cultural, religious and linguistic diversity“.

TOGETHER WE CAN COMBAT HATE CRIMES AND ALL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION“.

European campaign in english language

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European campaign in french language

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European campaign in dutch language

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European campaign in turkish language

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Integration of ethnic and national minorities. National campaign in FRANCE to help Roma and Romanian persons to encourage the learning of the French language.

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Objective : To promote the integration of Roma and Romanian persons, and their children, living in extreme material and moral difficulties in FRANCE, through :

  • learning of the French language to promote a better integration in FRANCE ;
  • fight against existing discrimination, including those of local authorities ;
  • free distribution of meals ;
  • human and moral support.

Location of the action : National Campaign : Focus Cities: NICE, PARIS, VERSAILLES (FRANCE) and MUNICH (GERMANY).

Means and resources deployed :

August – September – October – November 2015: Sending out several Teams of volunteers of our Association, in FRANCE, for a national campaign of learning of French langage,  with Roma and Romanian persons, facing extreme material and moral difficulties, living in slums with illiterate condition, and for a human and moral support. Free distribution of meals and sharing of meals build trust. Assessment of their level of understanding of the French language and material assistance to develop their learning ability of French langage.

Field for intervention targeted by the European Commission : Europe 2020 Strategy. European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion.

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights : „For more than a thousand years, Roma people have been an integral part of European civilisation. Today, with an estimated population of 10-12 million in Europe, approximately six million of whom live in the EU, Roma people are the biggest ethnic minority in Europe„. (http://fra.europa.eu/en/theme/roma).

Volunteers in Versailles, with Nicolae, october 2015

Photo de Nicolae

Volunteers in Versailles, with Giorgio, october 2015

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Volunteers in Nice, helping roms children begging in the street, august 2015

Roms à Nice

Reading methods for young illiterate children

Livres de lecture

Volunteers in Paris (14ème), helping a romanian family, september 2015

Photo d'une famille roumaine Paris

Volunteers in Münich, Germany, october 2015

SDF Munich