MINELRES: ERRC: Anti-Romani Hate Speech in Russia

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Mon Aug 14 12:02:04 2006

Original sender: European Roma Rights Centre <errc@errc.org>

ERRC Urges Russian Newspaper to Refrain from Inflammatory Anti-Romani

Anti-Romani hate speech contributes to the growing intolerance toward

On 10 August 2006, the ERRC sent a letter of concern to Mr Nikolay
Zaikov, Editor-in Chief of the Russian daily newspaper Vechernij
Novosibirsk, expressing concern with the rise of anti-Romani hate speech
published in the newspaper and with continuous identification of Roma
with illegal drug dealing and crime. The letter referred to numerous
articles published in the newspaper the ERRC has collected during the
past year, which explicitly link Roma with drug dealing and criminality
and which often quote officials making unsubstantiated comments about
the same with no contextual or editorial remarks. The ERRC urged Mr
Zaikov to take a firm stand against hate speech and to refrain from
publishing inflammatory anti-Romani language.

Further information on anti-Romani hate speech in Russia is available in
the ERRC country report "In Search of Happy Gypsies: Persecution of
Pariah Minorities in Russia":

Copies of the ERRC letter to Mr. Zaikov are available from the offices
of the ERRC.

Persons wishing to express similar concerns are urged to contact:

To: Mr Nikolay Zaikov,
Editor-in chief, newspaper "Vecherniy Novosibirsk"
Russia, Novosibirsk, Nemirovicha-Danchenko, 104
Tel./fax: +7 (383) 3141488

Mr Gennady Popriga
Director, Siberia region administration of Rosohrancultura
Russia, 630091, Novosibirsk, Krasniy prospect 82, kab. 45
Fax: +7 (3832)173911


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