BIRN Romania debate on Hadareni region

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A BIRN-Romania organised TV debate on the future of the multi-ethnic region
of Hadareni was broadcast on Romanian public television, TVR, on January 4.

The debate looked at development work in the central Transylvanian region,
where three people were killed, two of them ethnic Roma, in
inter-ethnic violence in 1993.

During the unrest, the homes of Roma
were set ablaze, forcing many inhabitants to flee.

Twelve residents
of Hadareni – including Roma, Hungarians and Romanians took part in the

Also present were representatives of the National Agency for
Roma, a governmental body which is now implementing a programme for
reconciliation and the improvement of social conditions in the region;
several NGOs (Freedom House Romania and the Center of Resources for Ethnic
Roma Communities); and the Local Initiative Group.