Review on the Situation of Roma in Europe, June-July 2015

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The ERTF published a Review on the Situation of Roma in Europe which covers the period June-July, 2015 and indicate a persistence of evictions in several countries and a general mistrust and dislike of the Roma population, which takes the form of hate speech, discrimination and aggression.

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ERTF Commemorates Pharrajimos, the Holocaust of the Roma

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Strasbourg, 2 August 2015: With a minute of silence being held at noon beside the Holocaust memorial stone in front of the Palais de l’Europe in Strasbourg, the ERTF remembered more than 3,000 Roma exterminated by the German Nazis during the night of 2-3 August 1944 in the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

“SEVENTY-ONE years ago, and precisely during the night of 2-3 august 1944, the nightmare of over three thousands of Roma inmates in the “Zigeunerlanger B III” at Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp came to an end. The Pharrajimos, the Holocaust of the Roma is by far the biggest tragedy in the history of the Roma” said Mr Gheorghe Raducanu, President of the European Roma and Travellers Forum, in his key address to the representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, staff members of the Council of Europe and the citizens of Strasbourg.

ERTF launches website for Roma Holocaust commemorations

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Call for cooperation in establishing a “centralised point of information” of the Pharrajimos, the Holocaust of the Roma during the Second World War

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2015 marks the 71st anniversary of the Holocaust of the Roma during the Second World War, “Pharrajimos”. Over 3,000 Roma were exterminated during the night of 2-3 August 1944 in “Zigeunerlager BIII” at Auschwitz – Birkenau. The Pharrajimos is by far the biggest tragedy in the history of the Roma. It has traumatised the Roma till this day. The Holocaust of the Roma has determined our attitude in defending universal human rights, our need for freedom, and our stance towards well-meant multicultural ideals in today’s Europe.

The official recognition, at a national and international level, of the Pharrajimos, the Holocaust of the Roma during the Second World War is of crucial importance in fighting and eliminating the anti-Gypsyism that unfortunately is happening throughout Europe until today.

Honour the Roma victims – Invitation to a commemorative ceremony

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2015 marks the 71th anniversary of the genocide committed against Roma during the Second World War. The Roma nation commemorates this tragedy on August 2nd, the date on which over 3,000 Roma were exterminated in the evening of 2nd August 1944 in gas chamber V of "Zigeunerlager BIII" at Auschwitz – Birkenau. The genocide on Roma during the Second World War is by far the greatest tr agedy in Roma history.

On this occasion Mr Gheorghe Raducanu, President of the European Roma and Travellers Forum invites you to a commemorative ceremony in memory of the Roma victims on Friday, 31 July 2015 at 12.00 p.m. at the forecourt of the Palais de l’Europe.

Project: “Making Roma Women's Voices and Votes Count”

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On 10th and 11th July 2015, the European Roma and Travellers Forum in partnership with Phenjalipe, Grassroots initiative and the International Roma Women’s Network (IRWN), organised the first training on strengthening Roma women’s capacities and leadership skills for achieving greater involvement in politics under the framework of the “Making Roma Women's Voices and Votes Count” project.

The aim of this project is to empower Roma women in policy-making and increase their participation in the political process in Finland, Sweden, Romania, Hungary and the Czech Republic. The project focuses primarily on increasing the effectiveness of advocacy activities with the political parties at a local and national level, to secure the future representation of Roma women’s at the next local, national and EU elections.

Fact sheet on the situation of Roma in Turkey

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The ERTF published the Fact sheet on the situation of Roma in Turkey. This report highlights the main challenges with access to education, healthcare services housing and public Participation of Roma and the proliferation of the Hate speech.

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Press-Release: Anti-gypsyism -the policy of non-acceptance and rejection

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Anti-Gypsyism is generally defined as a form of discrimination against Roma – a policy of providing for the Roma lesser services and lesser opportunities than for the majority population.

The European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF) believes that anti-Gypsyism goes well beyond discrimination – it is a policy of non-acceptance of the Roma as compatriots and equal citizens, leading to rejection from school, work, housing and health services.

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), in a Recommendation on combating anti-Gypsyism and discrimination against Roma, adopted in June 2011, captures this essential element of anti-Gypsyism when it defines it as “a specific form of racism, an ideology founded on racial superiority, a form of dehumanization and institutional racism.”

Live streaming of the Plenary Assembly of the ERTF

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Live streaming of the Plenary Assembly of the ERTF available at this link: http://webtv.coe.int/index.php?EventID=46

The 2015 Plenary Assembly of the European Roma and Travellers Forum which will take place on Monday 29 June 2015 at 9.30 a.m. in the Palais de l’Europe in Strasbourg.

In attendance will be selected guests representing international organisations including the Council of Europe, the Fundamental Rights Agency of the European Union, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, as well as representatives of the diplomatic missions in Strasbourg.

The 2015 Plenary Assembly’s working agenda will cover two main topics: the role of Roma Civil Society organisations in establishing a structured dialogue with relevant stakeholders at national/local level and the possibility for setting up national strategies for combating anti-Gypsyism in the Council of Europe member states. Furthermore, a few Roma related initiatives will be presented at the meeting.

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