(eng) ANTIFA INFO-BULLETIN, Supplement 47 [2/2]

Tom Burghardt (tburghardt@igc.apc.org)
Wed, 5 Jun 1996 01:11:22 +0200


attack, both political and economic, against the workers. On the
11th December the courts in Neuquen threw out the claim of
Horacio's lawyer who called for a change in the charge so that
the sentence would not be one of imprisonment. Two leaders of the
co-ordinating committee, Gustavo Sandoval and Veronica Barriga
will also be charged.

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From: DEBRA@OLN.comlink.apc.org (Debra Guzman)
Organization: HRNet - Human Rights Info Network
Subject: The European Roma Rights Center
Date: Wed, 29 May 1996 08:38:00 +0100

## author: cahncl@sirius.ceu.hu
## date: 24.05.96

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The Roma (Gypsies) remain to date the most deprived ethnic group
of Europe. Almost everywhere, their fundamental civil rights are
threatened. Disturbing cases of racist violence targeting Roma
have occured in recent years. Discrimination against Roma in
employment, education, health care, administrative and other
services is common in many societies. Hate speech against Roma
deepens the negative stereotypes which pervade European public
opinion. The European Roma Rights Center is an international
initiative for monitoring the human rights situation of Roma and
providing legal defense in cases of human rights abuse.

STATUS OF THE ERRC:

The ERRC is an autonomous international non-governmental
organization governed by a board of directors. Romani
organizations and Romani individuals throughout Europe donate
time, expertise, and money to the ERRC. Roma are not just passive
beneficiaries of the work of the ERRC, but indispensable donors
as well.

OBJECTIVES:

The ERRC is a public interest law organization which defends the
human rights of Roma. Its purpose is to advocate for the
transnational, geographically diverse Romani community and be a
legal resource for Romani rights. The ERRC works to give Roma
tools to combat discrimination and win equal access to
government, education, employment, health care, housing, and
public services.

The ERRC pursues its objectives by engaging in:

-Research: monitoring and reporting on the human rights situation
of the Roma.

-Legal defense: providing and supporting legal services,
including litigation, to Romani victims of human rights
violations.

-Romani rights education: supporting the formation of Romani
rights advocates and educating specific target groups about
Romani human rights problems.

-Advocacy: promoting Romani rights in domestic and international
governmental and non-governmental settings.

-Documentation: creating a Romani rights archive and publishing
reports and other materials concerning Romani rights.

PRINCIPLES:

-Independence from government and corporate interest.

-Non-partisan approach to Romani issues.

-Cooperation with all organizations and individuals who support
democracy and human rights.

-Independent investigation as the basis of responsible reporting.

-Respect for victims' and witnesses' requests for
confidentiality.

-Transparency and accountability of grant making. -Publicity
of the results of ERRC programs.

GOALS:

-To raise awareness of the specific human rights problems of the
Roma.

-To provide Roma with access to justice and enable the redress of
human rights violations.

-To rationalize the spending of philanthropic funds aimed at
helping Roma survive and live with dignity.

-To contribute to the legal reform process, particularly in
Eastern Europe, with the aim of building human rights concern
into the substance and procedure of normative systems.

-To contribute to a new Europe, free of racism and racial
discrimination.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Chair: Andras Biro (Hungary)

Isabel Fonseca (UK)

Nicolae Gheorghe (Romania)

Deborah Harding (USA)

Rudko Kawczynski (Germany)

Khristo Kyuchukov (Bulgaria)

Lord Anthony Lester (UK)

Edgar Morin (France)

Ina Zoon (Czech Republic/Spain)

Executive Director: Dimitrina Petrova

The European Roma Rights Center can be contacted at:

ERRC
Nador utca 11
1051-Budapest
Hungary
tel: (36-1) 327-3117
327-3118
327-3102 x2242

e-mails: dpetrova@osi.hu
derc@osi.hu
trehann@osi.hu
kovacsp@osi.hu
cahncl@picasso.ceu.hu

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From: DEBRA@OLN.comlink.apc.org (Debra Guzman)
Organization: HRNet - Human Rights Info Network
Subject: Czech Antifascist Arrested For Murder
Date: Thu, 30 May 1996 13:54:00 +0100

## author: tao@lglobal.com
## date: 22.05.96

the following is taken from a photocopied leaflet and is probably
a couple of months old.

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CZECH ANTIFASCIST ARRESTED FOR A MURDER

On the 20th of March a young antifascist Pavel Kroupa went with
his brother by a bus on a line from Prague to Mlada Boleslav.
There were also 5 nazis in a bus. First of all he was verbally
attacked by them like "be sure you will not come from this bus
alive". At the end of the way they stood outside of the bus one
with knife, other with boxer (*). There started a fight and
during this he killed one of them by a knife. Police came to his
home at night and accused him of a murder. He is in a prison now,
arrested for a murder. We think there was only one way how to
survive - to fight for self-defence. Every support for him is
needed. We make benefits for him to have a good lawyer and for
release. We hope he will be released, because there was a similar
case in a past, when one man (famous sculpturist Pavel Opocensky)
killed one nazi skinhead in self-defence. But it took years of
proofing, that he was attacked by a group of skinheads and that
he killed him in self-defence. He is free now.

But Pavel Kroupa is still in prison and we want our state to
release him.

The support for him can be sent to him to the prison
address:

Pavel Kroupa 4.3.1977
veznice vazba
straz pod ralskem
471 27
Czech Republic

Benefit support:

Ivana Vranova
Bohunicka 19
600 00 Brno
Czech Republic

or a phone number: 09425/339895 (ask for Borek)

(*) a "boxer" is a type of home-made knuckle-duster [typist].

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EX-FUGITIVE SPILLS SECRETS OF SPAIN'S 'DIRTY WAR'
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Copyright &copy 1996 Nando.net
Copyright &copy 1996 Reuter Information Service

MADRID, Spain (May 29, 1996 3:29 p.m. EDT) - Spain's former
Civil Guard head, once the country's most-wanted fugitive, made
good on threats to reveal state secrets Wednesday, testifying
that a 1980s "dirty war" against Basque rebels was government
policy.

Luis Roldan told the Supreme Court that former Socialist Prime
Minister Felipe Gonzalez knew about the secret campaign against
ETA (Basque Homeland and Freedom), court sources said.

He said Gonzalez's former Interior Minister Jose Barrionuevo
had told him in 1990 that the prime minister was aware of it.

Gonzalez has maintained he was unaware that death squads,
known as GAL (Anti-Terrorist Liberation Groups), were operating
on the fringes of Spanish security forces. GAL killed 27 people,
a third of them unrelated to ETA, between 1983 and 1987.

ETA has killed some 800 people during the 27 years it has been
struggling for an independent Basque state.

Earlier this month the Supreme Court cleared Gonzalez of
involvement with the death squads, but indicted Barrionuevo on
charges of setting them up.

Barrionuevo, a close ally of the former prime minister,
rejected Roldan's assertions and told journalists Wednesday that
he was in France at the time of the alleged meeting.

The court sources said Roldan had not provided any documents
to back his claims, but had specified the dates and places of
meetings he had with various officials to discuss the GAL.

Roldan said he played no part in the December 1983 kidnapping
of Basque businessman Segundo Marey, and had been told by
Barrionuevo that the former interior minister himself had ordered
the operation.

The Socialist party spokesman on legal affairs dismissed in
advance anything Roldan might say in testimony, saying he lacked
credibility.

"I'm not worried, he can say what he says, but I don't think
there's a single citizen that believes anything Roldan says,"
former Justice Minister Juan Alberto Belloch told journalists,
adding that criticism that the government had not worked hard
enough to track down the fugitive was irresponsible.

The Socialists were defeated after 13 years in power in a
March 3 election that Gonzalez was forced to call a year early,
largely because of the "dirty war" allegations.

Roldan, who fled Spain in 1994 to avoid trial on embezzlement
charges and was eventually recaptured nearly a year later in
Laos, has said he wants to speak out against politicians
allegedly responsible for the GAL to avoid Civil Guard officers
being used as scapegoats.

A high court judge last week detained and imprisoned a highly
decorated Civil Guard general as a suspect in the first GAL
deaths, the October 1983 kidnapping, torture and murder of two
presumed ETA members in southern France.

Their bodies were unearthed two years later in Alicante,
Spain, showing signs of torture.

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COMMUNISTS, RIGHT-WING RADICALS TAP CZECH ENMITY TOWARD GERMANS
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Copyright &copy 1996 Nando.net
Copyright &copy 1996 The Associated Press

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (May 30, 1996 7:05 p.m. EDT) -- The
Communists and the right-wing Republican Party, both doing
surprisingly well in polls for this weekend's elections, have one
thing in common: enmity toward Germans.

"You have to understand: They are the same people who
supported Hitler," said Jan Vik, spokesman for the Republicans,
who may quadruple their seats in parliament in Friday and
Saturday's vote.

"The directors of German expansion focus on the Czech Republic
as the most suitable area" to make inroads, said Miroslav
Grebenicek, the chairman of the Czech and Moravian Communist
Party, which could emerge as the No. 3 force.

In the first Czech elections since the 1993 split with
Slovakia, the anti-German message strikes a chord in a land whose
history is filled with Slavic struggles against dominance by the
neighboring Teutons of Germany and Austria.

The Nazi annexation of the Sudetenland in 1938, the World War
II Nazi occupation and the ensuing, often brutal Czech expulsion
of 2.5 million Sudeten Germans loom large in the popular
consciousness.

While Czechs welcome economic advance, many resent Germany's
position as their top foreign investor.

Poor relations have blocked attempts by the governments to
agree on a declaration that would ease Czech entry into the
European Union.

Just last weekend, irked that the German finance minister had
asked the Czechs to apologize for the post-war expulsions,
Premier Vaclav Klaus retorted: "I am surprised someone wants us
to speak with regret about World War II. I think the German side
should speak with a whisper about it."

Most pollsters predict that Klaus' three-party, center-right
coalition will retain power in the weekend elections.

But opinion polls also suggest that the Communist Party of
Bohemia and Moravia, one of four Communist groups in the race,
could increase its share in the 200-seat legislature from 11 to
28 seats. The Republicans stand to add up to 16 seats to the five
they now hold. Vik, a boyish-looking lawmaker in his 30s,
predicts they will get 30.

The anti-German message is not the sole platform for those on
the left and right wings of Czech politics.

The Republicans see an equally daunting evil in the Gypsy
population.

"The Gypsies will either behave like we do, or they will go,"
Republican party leader Miroslav Sladek warns in a TV campaign
spot. "We don't care where, how, and who pays for it."

"The Gypsies have 10 kids," Vik said. Instead of using welfare
for their children, "they drink and spend money on slot machines.
Their children stay naked and hungry and steal."

The Communists draw a gloomy picture of the Czech economy,
emphasizing social woes that belie government statistics and
independent data that put the Czechs ahead of most other East
Europeans in terms of economic performance and political
stability.

Yet Grebenicek, the communist leader, used his final
pre-election news conference to launch an anti-German tirade,
lashing out at expelled Sudeten Germans whom he claimed want to
reclaim property and resettle here.

Such emigres "would create a privileged group, which could
eventually give a pretext for an intervention of a multinational
force such as NATO," he said.

Vik also advanced a conspiracy theory of Germans gradually
taking over. He complained of an "enormous" German influence on
the Czech economy since communism collapsed in 1989.

The Klaus government supports this trend, he charged, and "it
will not be long before the Germans own everything. I don't see
anything good Germany has done for Europe or the world."

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ATTORNEYS FOR ABORTION KILLER SEEK NEW TRIAL
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Copyright &copy 1996 Nando.net
Copyright &copy 1996 Reuter Information Service

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (May 31, 1996 4:41 p.m. EDT) - Attorneys for
a Florida man convicted of killing a doctor who performed
abortions asked the state Supreme Court Friday for a new trial,
saying their client should have been allowed to argue that the
attack was morally justified.

Paul Hill, a former Presbyterian minister, was sentenced to
death in late 1994 for the execution-style killings of Dr. John
Bayard Britton and his security escort, James Barrett, outside a
Pensacola abortion clinic in July 1994.

Hill represented himself in his trial. He was barred from
offering a defense that the killings were morally justified
because Britton performed abortions, which Hill viewed as the
killing of unborn children.

"This was the entirety of his defense," said Hill's
court-appointed attorney, Michael Hirsch, in arguing that Hill
should be taken off death row and granted a new trial.

"It wasn't just an afterthought. Had that defense been
allowed, could the jury have reached a conclusion that Paul Hill
acted reasonably?" he asked.

State prosecutors said Hill's belief that the slayings were
justified was irrelevant and fell outside Florida's justifiable
homicide law.

"No court has ever allowed that type of defense, because
essentially you're saying to the jury that they are supposed to
find a particular law to apply," said prosecutor Richard Martell,
an assistant attorney general.

The oral arguments are the latest in the post trial saga of
Hill, who was defrocked after the incident. Hill's family was at
the hearing, but were escorted out of the chambers by state
marshalls without comment.

Hill faces death in the electric chair.

After the hearing, a dozen of Hill's supporters marched
outside the court proclaiming his innocence and demanding a new
trial. They carried placards that read, "Free Paul Hill," "Thank
You Paul Hill," and "Hill for President."

Rev. Donald Spitz, a Pentecostal minister and organizer of the
Pro-life Virginia movement, said he was a personal friend of
Hill's and that he had kept up with the convicted murderer
throughout the trial and his subsequent imprisonment.

"I was at both his trials and he was never allowed to present
his own defense," Spitz said. "When you're on trial for your life
and you receive the death penalty ... you should be allowed to
offer any defense you have."

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