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* Statement of the SRSG’s for Roma issues on the recent event in the Primary School of Aharnes in the town of Menidi (Greece)
By Council of Europe

It is with great sadness that I heard of the death of young Mario during a school festival at the 6th Primary School of Aharnes in the town of Menidi last week. My sincere condolences to the family.

The tragic circumstances which led to the death of Mario, is a grim reminder of the dangers involved in the use of illegal fire arms in urban settings. Far too often have we bared witness to the tragic repercussions of the use of fire arms during, what would seem to some residents, as a local tradition during celebrations.

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* 'We should be in the same neighbourhoods as the Italians – but we're on the outside'
By The Independent

Following the demolition of a Naples settlement, Emily Goddard and Alex Sturrock follow the fate of its evicted citizens.

“Petrica drives his family around Naples on a balmy June evening, searching for a safe spot to park until the morning. This is not a tourists’ jaunt, nor will he, his wife and 18-month-old daughter be leaving the car overnight – the decade-old Vauxhall Astra has been their only shelter for the past two months”.

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* Bosnia’s Roma Try to Break Out of Isolation
By Balkan Insight

Melina Halilovic is the first Roma woman to be elected to the municipal council in the central Bosnian town of Visoko.

Working in a plain white building, her achievements are anything but plain. She broke through social barriers in a country where minorities are not allowed to occupy senior political positions, while also being an orphan with a little sister and living in a patriarchal society.

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