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Belgrade, December 12, 2012 - Back in 2009 and then in April 2012, two Roma settlements (Gazela Bridge and Belvil respectively) were illegally evicted from settlements in the Serbian capital, Belgrade. These communities ended up homeless or were put into metal containers on the outskirts of Belgrade. But now the city authorities are deciding on the resettlement of these communities in locations which could further result in racial segregation for them. And incredibly, the EU is even funding this.

Hradec Kralove, December 11, 2012 - Thirteen Czech ultra-right extremists suspected of attacking three Romanies have been definitely acquitted by the appeals court, which said it was impossible to prove who of them committed the crime, daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) writes yesterday.

Belgrade, December 07, 2012 - According to the last census, there are about a hundred thousand Roma that live in Serbia, but unofficially there may be four or five times as many, mostly in illegal settlements and shantytowns. Targets of racist discrimination and the resulting poverty, the Roma have struggles that are well documented, and sadly persistent. Many in Belgrade eke out an income by rag picking and recycling the garbage and discarded belongings of the more affluent.

Brussels, December 07, 2012 - Ahead of the International Day for the elimination of violence against women on 25 November, the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) released a press statement calling for urgent measures to end violence faced by ethnic minority and migrant women in Europe.

Brussels, December 05, 2012 - Today in Brussels, during the second annual European convention Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion , non-governmental organisations from across Europe including, FEANTSA (the European Federation of National Organisations Working with Homeless people) and Eurodiaconia, called on the European Union and national governments to stop penalising the poor.

Brussels, November 20, 2012 - European countries should take further steps to protect trans people from violence that has left in excess of a thousand dead worldwide in the past four years, Amnesty International urged on Trans Remembrance Day.

Prague, 13, November, 2012 - The European Association for the Defense of Human Rights (AEDH) and the Czech Helsinki Committee (Český helsinský výbor - ČHV) have issued a fundamental condemnation of the violence faced by Romani people in Europe.

Netherlands, September 21, 2012 - Dutch Parliament has voted to suspend the deportation of young asylum seekers who have been in the Netherlands longer than five years at least until a new government is formed.

Slovakia, October 1, 2012 - Two independent protests against the Roma were organised during this past weekend. While the first was halted by the police, the second remained orderly and ended without serious problems, the TASR newswire reported.

September 7, 2012 - Almost a year after the Dale Farm eviction in October 2011, Dale Farm families are facing a second eviction. Basildon Council served enforcement notices on the homeless families on 24 July 2012. The planning inspectorate yesterday refused to hear an appeal by the residents, who argue that they have ‘nowhere else to go’, opening the way for a further forced eviction. Lawyers for the Dale Farm families are currently considering a Judicial Review of the rejection of the appeal. They have three months to respond by law.