Emerging scholarship is helping to build more complete understanding of the persecution and genocide of European Sinti and Roma under Nazi rule, but many historical questions still remain unanswered and public awareness about the genocide of the Roma remains insufficient. This is why the IHRA Committee on the Genocide of the Roma works to inform IHRA stakeholders about the prejudice towards Roma and Sinti before, during and after the Second World War as well as to demonstrate the link between the history of persecution and the present situation of the Roma. 

Activities of the IHRA Committee on the Genocide of the Roma

In recent years, the Committee has taken several steps to promote education and further remembrance about the genocide of Roma and to carry out research on the topic. These initiatives include:

The Committee acknowledges 2 August as the international commemoration day of the genocide of the Roma and aims to explore if and how this day is marked in IHRA Member Countries, with reference to Resolution 2016/2615 of the European Parliament.

Furthermore, the Committee developed a non-legally binding working definition of antigypsyism/anti-Roma discrimination to assist in identifying incidents and manifestations of this form of racism, in collecting data and to support the development of appropriate preventative countermeasures.

The current Chair of IHRA’s Committee on the Genocide of the Roma is Alenka Janko Spreizer (Slovenia).

Image: Participants in the seminar “Dikh he Na Bister” at the youth commemoration at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial in 2014. Courtesy of Ternype.