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Gwendolyn Albert: Stanislav Tomáš and the plight of European Roma

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Two months ago, in June 2021, Stanislav Tomáš, a Romani man in Teplice, Czech Republic, died after several police officers pinned him to the ground and knelt on his neck for several minutes.

The death was filmed and the video went viral, leading to comparisons with the murder of George Floyd in the United States and led to protests against antigypsyism.

We will meet on our virtual sofa for a conversation between Gwendolyn Albert and Anna Alboth, our Europe Media Officer.

GWENDOLYN ALBERT is a human rights activist and ally of the Romani minority who has been involved in advocacy for decades. Since September 2020, she has been a civil society member of the Czech Government Council for Romani Minority Affairs. She translates the news daily into English for the Romea.cz news server in Prague (since 2010) and was a contributor to an extensive report by the Council of Europe’s Human Rights Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg, Human Rights of Roma and Travellers in Europe (2012).

Make sure you tune in and hear Gwendolyn and Anna talk about Roma rights in Europe, and share your favourite quotes using the hashtag #MRGSofaTalk. You can also submit your questions in advance by email at events@minorityrights.org.

When? Thursday 1 Sept at 3 pm (London) / 4 pm (Prague)
Where? Follow the event live on our Facebook page – or watch the recording below.

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Read more about European Roma in our World Directory of Minorities in Indigenous Peoples:

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