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Via Aljazeera: The Rageh Omaar Report – The Right to Roam:
Unwanted, marginalised, defiant – the Roma people have become the target of governments across Europe.
In France and Italy they have been thrown out in their thousands – accused of illegally overstaying their welcome and blamed for increases in crime.
They say that in their countries of origin they are victims of discrimination – a minority with few opportunities.
They are now taking advantage of European Union laws that allow freedom of travel to all European citizens – looking West to find a better life, yet reluctant to adapt to Western ways.
The Roma issue has now been forced on EU policy makers – they have to find a balance between the growing hostility and the rights of the Roma.
Canada’s Official Opposition has unequivocally condemned the ongoing genocidal violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Burma.
A systematic campaign of violence facilitated by and at times involving state security forces and government officials since June 2012 has displaced more than 125,000 Rohingya and Kaman Muslims in western Burma’s Arakan State. During another orgy of ethnic violence in the central town of Meikhtila on March 20 to 22, “mobs and Buddhist monks” attacked Muslim residents and burned down mosques and homes, and killed an unknown number of people.
Human Rights Watch says the Burmese government’s discriminatory policies are creating a humanitarian crisis that will ultimately result in long-term segregation and statelessness for the Rohingya and Kaman Muslim minorities. The respected New York-based NGO says “an ethnic Arakanese campaign of violence and abuses since June 2012 facilitated by and at times involving state security forces and government officials has displaced more than 125,000 Rohingya and Kaman Muslims in western Burma’s Arakan State. During another orgy of ethnic violence in the central Burma town of Meikhtila on March 20 to 22, “mobs and Buddhist monks” attacked Muslim residents and burned down mosques and homes, and killed an unknown number of people.
Human Rights Watch says the government of Burma is causing the humanitarian crisis by: denying Rohingya citizenship; restricting the delivery of international aid to the internally displaced who are living in squalid refuges camps; failure to institute an action plan to resolve the crisis, and refusal to allow displaced Rohingya to return to their homes.
Israeli Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman has called for an investigation into the reported administering of Depo-Provera contraceptive shots to Ethiopian immigrant women without consent. Depo-Provera is a progestrogin-only contraceptive that is administered every three months through injection.
According to Dr. Paula Franklin of Marie Stopes International who spoke with TIME, it is a “safe, medium-term reversible hormonal contraceptive” that is used around the world by women of “informed consent.” However, countless Ethiopian women have reportedly been given this contraceptive without understanding or consent.
This weekend, a report revealing that African women immigrating to Israel were subjected to mandatory contraceptive injections, effectively amounting to forced (if temporary) sterilization made global headlines.
Some 130,000 Ethiopians, most of them Jewish, live in Israel. The community experiences higher poverty and unemployment rates than the rest of the country’s Jewish population. In the past decade, the birth rate among Ethiopian-Israelis has declined by at least 20 percent. Advocacy groups now claim this decline is the result of a birth control regimen forced upon Ethiopian immigrant women.