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Hungary: Say no to racism through football – Roma and non-Roma speak out in Halmaj 

The film is a product of Cicsero, the Independent Roma News Agency of Cserehát run by local Roma people in Hungary. The current report is about a football match in Halmaj, Hungary between Roma and non-Roma Hungarian football players. The match was organised as a symbolic answer to the racially motivated killings of Hungarian Roma in 2009, with the intention to express unity against...

Hungary: Unemployment in Cserehát – local Roma collecting cherry 

A report shot and edited by Cicsero - Viktor Siroki, Péter Siroki and Laci SirokiThis film is a product of Cicsero, the Independent Roma News Agency of Cserehát run by local Roma people in Hungary. The current report is about local Roma grabbing the very little job opportunity in Cserehát, the most marginalised region of Hungary. They collect cherry in a nearby village as...

Hungary: Bódvalenke Fresco Village – a marginalised village turned into a touristic sight 

This film is a product of Cicsero, the Independent Roma News Agency of Cserehát run by local Roma people in Hungary. The current report is about Bódvalenke, Hungary which has become known as a Fresco Village. A village in the most marginalised region of the country has been turned into a touristic sight by a group of activists and Roma painters. The film was...

Hungary: Rap in Halmaj 

The reporters of Cicsero took a trip down to Halmaj and they had a conservation with a talented young man who spends his spare time with rapping, and already got noticed in a talent scouting competition.Barnabás Filep, 28, has been living here for six years. Currently he is unemployed, but occasionally he works for the local government. Unfortunately he did not have a chance...

Hungary: Cicsero - the story of a Roma news agency 

 Cicsero.net began its activity in October 2008 in Cserehát, which is a small and marginalised region in the North-East part of Hungary. Cicsero’s mission is to provide written and audio-visual news about issues related to the Roma minority living in Cserehát and to show the local and minority angle. This video gives you an insight into the very start of the project. You can...

Hungary: Halmaj under water 

The film is a product of Cicsero, the Independent Roma News Agency of Cserehát run by local Roma people in Hungary.The current report gives you an insight into how local people were struggling with the flood in the beginning of 2010.Contact For more information contact Bernadett Sebaly, MRG's Media Officer, via the Contact page or Melinda Kassai (Cicsero) at kassai.melinda@gmail.com....

EU: New member states of the EU need to open up to developing countries 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording:DemNet’s policy officer Brigitta Jaksa is talking about the specificities of new member states’ development policies, in particular, that of Hungary. She is listing difficulties of new member states when it comes to implementing development programmes in the developing countries in Africa, Asia or Latin America....

EU: We report back - Hungarian development official says EU Presidency had a positive impact on development cooperation 

This is a recording from the ‘Challenges of Development Cooperation in EU New Member States’ Conference, held in Budapest in September 2011.  In this recording:Ádám Kirchknopf, Deputy Head of Department of Development Co-operation, Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs tells us how the EU Presidency helped the development officials to raise the profile of the issue. Hungary was hosting two big events during its Presidency, the...

EU: We report back – Hungarian development official says water as a priority was a timely initiative during the Hungarian EU Presidency 

This is a recording from the ‘Challenges of Development Cooperation in EU New Member States’ Conference, held in Budapest in September 2011. In this recording:Ádám Kirchknopf, Deputy Head of Department of Development Co-operation, Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs explains why Hungary set water as a priority during its Presidency.About the conference:On the occasion of two New EU Member States holding the EU Presidency in 2011,...

EU: We report back – Hungarian development official says transition experience is an added value of the New Member States to development 

This is a recording from the ‘Challenges of Development Cooperation in EU New Member States’ Conference, held in Budapest in September 2011. In this recording:Ádám Kirchknopf, Deputy Head of Department of Development Co-operation, Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs talks about the important role new donors can play in the neighbourhood countries and Eastern Europe with their transition experience.About the conference:On the occasion of two New...

EU: We report back – Hungarian development official gives good tips to Poland and Cyprus on the EU Presidency 

This is a recording from the ‘Challenges of Development Cooperation in EU New Member States’ Conference, held in Budapest in September 2011. In this recording:Ádám Kirchknopf, Deputy Head of Department of Development Co-operation, Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs gives useful tips to the upcoming presidencies and also explains the difference between facilitating and controlling presidencies.About the conference:On the occasion of two New EU Member States...

EU: We report back – Hungarian development practitioner gives good tips to development NGOs in Poland and Cyprus 

This is a recording from the ‘Challenges of Development Cooperation in EU New Member States’ Conference, held in Budapest in September 2011. In this recording:Barbara Erős, representative of the Hungarian Association for NGOs for Development and Humanitarian Aid gives good tips on how collaboration can be effective among the civil society of member countries of the Presidency troika and shares her experience on in-country advocacy during the...

EU: We report back – Hungarian development official says human rights-based programming can make development cooperation more sustainable 

This is a recording from the ‘Challenges of Development Cooperation in EU New Member States’ Conference, held in Budapest in September 2011. In this recording:Ádám Kirchknopf, Deputy Head of Department of Development Co-operation, Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that human rights based development can make programmes more sustainable, even in very poor countries.About the conference:On the occasion of two New EU Member States holding...

EU: We report back – Development expert says human rights-based approach can be an effective tool to development in the hands of the New Member States 

This is a recording from the ‘Challenges of Development Cooperation in EU New Member States’ Conference, held in Budapest in September 2011. In this recording:These mini-lectures from Maxi Ussar, independent development expert give you an insight into the Human Rights-based Approach, a programming tool used also in development cooperation. This is what you need if you want to pick up the basics about HRBA and...

EU: We report back – Journalists say media in the New Member States are inward-looking 

Do you know why editors are less responsive to news items about the global South? Do you want to learn how to frame a story to draw the attention of media outlets? Listen to four journalists from the New Member States talking about the role of the media in raising awareness on development issues. Anita Kőműves, Népszabadság, Hungary, Wojciech Cegielski, Polish Radio News Agency...

EU: We report back – Hungarian Parliamentarian says charity is a thing of the past 

In a recording from MRG's Challenges of Development Cooperation in EU New Member States Conference, held in Budapest in September 2011, Virág Kaufer, Member of the Hungarian Parliament, says the country's development framework should be based on the human rights-based approach and highlights projects in which cooperation between the New Member States brought good results.On the occasion of two New EU Member States holding the...

EU: We report back – Hungarian MEP says human rights-based approach is crucial at both the policy and the programming level 

In a recording from MRG's Challenges of Development Cooperation in EU New Member States Conference (held in Budapest in September 2011) Zita Gurmai, Member of the European Parliament, says mainstreaming human rights is a political obligation and a must to successful development policy. The human rights-based approach is also important to improve women’s lives through development cooperation. The MEP says MRG’s publication Integration of the...

SWM 2014: The unequal application of hate crime legislation in Hungary 

Case study by Eszter JovánovicsWhile the conviction, almost five years on, of four people in 2013 for the serial killing of six Roma in 2008 and 2009 is a welcome step in the fight against Hungary’s endemic hate crime, the community is still poorly protected against a rising wave of targeted violence. This is reflected in the fact that the suspected perpetrators were only...

SWM 2014: Photo story 

Hate crime towards minorities and indigenous peoples is a daily reality in many countries across the globe, says Minority Rights Group International (MRG) in its annual report, but is often ignored by authorities.The international organisation’s flagship report, State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2014, focuses on ‘Freedom from hate’ and presents compelling evidence showing that hate crime and hate speech are prevalent...

SWM 2015: Hungary - How the redevelopment of Józsefváros is pushing out Budapest’s minorities 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Linda SzabóIn recent years Budapest’s most stigmatized neighbourhood, Józsefváros, has been undergoing significant change. ‘Józsefváros is being rebuilt,’ goes the municipality’s slogan – the only question is for whom. While Józsefváros has long been one of the city’s most diverse areas, with the highest concentration of Roma and migrant populations, the local municipality’s plans for the...


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