IHRA President's Statement on the Working Definition of Anti-Roma Racism

The 2020 IHRA Ministerial Declaration emphasized the importance of remembering the genocide of the Roma and acknowledging the impact that the neglect of this genocide has had on the continued marginalization and widespread discrimination of Roma communities.
 
 Three years ago, the need for a working definition of anti-Roma racism as a useful tool to help guide the IHRA in its work became overwhelmingly clear. Today’s coronavirus pandemic, which has fanned the flames of anti-Roma racism, has made the adoption of such a definition all the more urgent.  
 
 Over the last three years the experts...

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IHRA Chair's Statement on Comments of Italian Minister of Interior, Matteo Salvini

"As Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), I was deeply troubled by the comments made by Matteo Salvini, Italian Minister of Interior, on 18 June 2018 in which he suggested a census be taken of Roma and Sinti in Italy and spoke disrespectfully of Roma.
 
 The IHRA is committed to countering distortion and preserving the historical record. Raising awareness of the prejudice towards Roma and Sinti before, during and after the Second World War as well as demonstrating the link between the history of persecution and the present situation of the Roma is a key objective of...

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IHRA Chair's Statement Regarding Attack on Roma Community in Ukraine

The Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance strongly condemns the attack on the Roma Community in Loschchynivka, Ukraine.
 
 Media and NGO sources reported that following allegations on 27 August that the tragic murder of a 9-year old girl could be linked to a Romani man, villagers attacked the local Roma community.
 
 According to the media reports, following the damage suffered to their homes and property, the local Roma community was forced to flee and urgently needs to be rehoused. The Roma Community “voluntarily” agreed to permanently leave the village after discussions...

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Joint Statement with OSCE ODIHR on Occasion of 2 August

ODIHR Director Link and IHRA Chair Constantinescu, on day to commemorate genocide against Roma and Sinti, say greater efforts needed to protect endangered memorial sites and ensure dignity of victims.
 
 WARSAW/ BUCHAREST, 2 August 2016 – Michael Georg Link, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and Ambassador Mihnea Constantinescu, Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), called today for greater efforts to protect endangered memorial sites related to the Roma and Sinti genocide during World War II. Speaking on the occasion...

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ITF Chair's statement on the situation of the Roma in Europe

As the Chair of an organization dedicated to the remembrance of the Holocaust and the victims of genocide during the Second World War, I am deeply troubled to see the Roma subjected to racial prejudice, hate crimes, expulsions, and even in some cases murder.
 
 I condemn these practices and call on all governments to protect the rights of this vulnerable minority, whose communities still suffer from their persecution and genocide under Nazi rule.
 
 In December 2009, ITF (now IHRA) Member Countries unanimously pledged to "prevent discrimination against the Roma and protect the Roma communities...

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ITF Statement concerning Hate Crimes and Discrimination targeting Roma in Europe

The following statement was endorsed by the 27 member States of the ITF at the Plenary session in Trondheim, Norway, on 3 December 2009
 
 Statement by the ITF (now IHRA)
 
 Concerning Hate Crimes and Discrimination targeting Roma in Europe
 
 3 December 2009
 
  
 
 The Roma were subject to persecution and genocide under Nazi-rule. The Roma in Europe still suffer from the repercussion of the destruction of their communities. It is very disturbing that in several European countries the situation of Roma has deteriorated seriously during 2009. Hate crimes have led to deaths and Roma are...

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Chair's Declaration on Teaching About the Genocide of the Roma and Sinti

Final – approved June 13, 2007 
 
 Chair’s Declaration on Teaching about the Genocide of the Roma and Sinti 
 
 The Chair draws the attention of member countries of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research tothe importance of supporting projects and of strengthening education on the fate of the Roma and Sinti during World War II. 
 
 The Holocaust Task Force, in accordance with the 2000 Stockholm Declaration on the Holocaust, focuses its activities on the Holocaust or Shoah, i.e. the genocide of the Jews perpetrated by the Nazis and their...

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