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Roma civil rights activist Aladàr Horvàth's call to Canada: Have empathy for the Roma

The socio-political landscape in Hungary that has led so many Roma to seek refugee status in Canada.


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Length: 0:18:25
Uploaded: 19 Dec, 2011

Recording Date: 7 Dec, 2011
Recording Location: Toronto, Ontario
Logsheet: none
Language: English
Topical for: Timeless
Status: Complete, Ready to Air
Copyright: Creative Commons License
Horvàth's call to Canada: Have empathy for the Roma by MaryCarl Guiao is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.

Program Title: Roma civil rights activist Aladàr Horvàth's call to Canada: Have empathy for the Roma
Description: Aladàr Horvàth, chair of the Roma Civil Rights Foundation in Hungary and a former member of the Hungarian Parliament, provides an overview of the history of the Roma people in Hungary and the social and political landscape in the country that has brought so many of them to Canada seeking refugee status in recent months.*

He identifies the hate speech prevalent in Hungarian media as central to the overall societal disdain for the Roma, and describes the hardships faced by locals resulting from routine police brutality, structural violence, and aggression from local governments. Context is provided around the practice of forced labour camps that separate families and destroy Roma communities.

Horvàth ends by urging the Canadian government not to recognize or support the Hungarian state until the right of the Roma people to be free from discrimination and persecution has been addressed.

Host(s): MaryCarl Guiao
Featured Speakers/Guests: Roma civil rights activist Aladàr Horvàth


Comments: * In the past four months Canada has seen a record flood of Roma refugee claimants arriving at Pearson International Airport, with an average of 17 Roma claimants having arrived each day in September and October 2011 and an unprecedented 91 Roma asylum-seekers landing in a single day on October 26th. Of the total 2519 Hungarian Roma refugee claims filed at Pearson between January and October 31st, over a third of claimants were children and under a third were women. In all of 2010, 1486 Hungarian Roma filed claims at Pearson. (All statistics above obtained from the Canada Border Services Agency.)

Politics > Activism
Regional > Europe
Regional > Canada
Society and Culture > Racism
Type: Interview

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