MINELRES: ERRC Urges Russian Newspaper to Refrain from Using Inflammatory Anti-Romani Language

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Sat Feb 17 11:49:02 2007

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

Anti-Romani hate speech contributes to the growth of intolerance toward
On 15 February 2007, the ERRC sent a letter of concern to Mr Boris
Sorkin, Managing Director of the Russian Information Agency "REGNUM",
expressing concern at the regular linkage of Roma with crime in the
agency's reports and noting that such media reports contribute to a
climate of intolerance of Roma. The letter referred to numerous articles
published in the newspaper collected by the ERRC during 2006 and 2007,
which explicitly link Roma with drug dealing and criminality. In its
letter, which was copied to the Director of the Central Regional
Administration of Rosohrancultura, the ERRC urged the information agency
to take a firm stand against hate speech and to refrain from publishing
inflammatory anti-Romani language. The full text of the letter is
available on the ERRC Internet website at
http://www.errc.org/cikk.php?cikk=2722 .
The letter is a result of ongoing ERRC work in the Russian Federation to
combat hate speech against Roma. Since 2006, the Netherlands Ministry of
Foreign Affairs has supported ERRC work in the Russian Federation.

Persons wishing to express similar concerns are urged to contact:

Mr Boris Sorkin 
Managing Director, Information Agency "REGNUM" 
Pravdi 21 stroenie 1, Moscow 125040, Russia
Fax: +7 495 2594639

Mr Alexander Haev
Director, Central Regional Administration of Rosohrancultura
Malaya Nikitskaya str. 12, Moscow 630091, Russia
Fax: + 7 495 2904573 


The European Roma Rights Centre is an international public interest law
organisation which monitors the rights of Roma and provides legal
defence in cases of human rights abuse. For more information about the
European Roma Rights Centre, visit the ERRC on the web at

European Roma Rights Centre
1386 Budapest 62
P.O. Box 906/93
Tel: +36.1.413.2200

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