Romania: Armed police confrontation leads to Roma human rights complaint

The case concerns an incident involving the police and the inhabitants of Apalina during which a large number of Roma were reportedly injured and/or shot.

Denmark: Minorities report highlights “free-speech” law change fears

The Council of Europe’s Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM), states that “a proposed amendment to the Criminal Code, which would decriminalise insulting speech and criminalise only statements leading to disturbance of the public order, would inevitably lead to the worsening of the climate of the public debate in Denmark.”

Lithuania: Minorities rights experts sound alarm over Roma integration and rise in hate crime

Legislative gaps in Lithuania’s system of protection for national minorities are undermining the country’s strategy for inclusion, according to European advisers.

Podcast: Europe, the “demonisation” of minorities and the rise of intolerance

There is more tolerance for the view that “diversity is a problem in itself, that identity means segregation and separation and that it is not possible to achieve democratic prosperity if we give acknowledgement and affirmation to minority concerns,” says minorities expert Athanasia Spiliopoulou Åkermark.

Bulgaria: National minorities report highlights deteriorating climate of inter-ethnic tolerance

“The overall climate as regards interethnic tolerance in Bulgaria has deteriorated,” states the 5 August report published by the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM). “Racism has become increasingly widespread in political discourse and the media and extremist political parties have proliferated.”