Holocaust Remembrance Day

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Strasbourg 24 January 2013: "We remember the past to ensure it is not repeated in the future. "Thinking about the horrible suffering of the victims of the Holocaust and their families reminds us that every day we must work to end anti-Gypsyism and instead promote a culture of peace." said today Mr Rudko Kawczynski, President of the European Roma and Travellers Forum on the occasion of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocauast, organised by the Council of Europe.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day reminds us of the millions of Jewish, Roma and, disabled people, homosexuals, political opponents, Jehovah witnesses and other victims of the Holocaust. We recommitt ourselves to "keeping their memory alive not only in our thoughts, but through our actions,"said President Kawczynski.

ERTF Plenary Assembly adopts recommendations on Roma in Europe

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Strasbourg, 7 September 2012: By the end of its two days meeting the Plenary Assembly of the European Roma and Travellers Forum adopted set of recommendations to the Council of Europe (CoE) and the European Union Member States and a resolution by which it urged the Committee of Ministers and the European Council to adopt a European Roma Rights Charter.

ERTF reaction to French action toward Roma

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ERTF to French president: Stop breaking up Roma camps and open access to labour market for Romanians and Bulgarians

Strasbourg 14 August 2012: Following recent police raids on several Roma camps around Lille and Lyon, and the expulsion of Roma from French territory, Europe’s largest Roma rights organisation has sent a letter to French President François Hollande, asking him to stop “dismantling” Roma camps and to find a long-term solution to the problem of illegal camps.  

 

The letter, signed by Mr Rudko Kawczynski, president of The European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF), urges the French president to facilitate the integration of Roma migrants in France and to remove barriers to access to the labour market for Romanians and Bulgarians.Many Roma emigrate from both Bulgaria and Romania. 

 

Remembrance Day for Victims of Ustashe Crime in Donja Gradina

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The European Roma and Travellers Forum attend Remembrance Day for Victims of Ustashe Crime in Donja Gradina

“Your sufferings and your pain, left scars in the flesh of the world”

Strasbourg, 27 April 2012: At the invitation of Mr Milorad Dodik, President of Republika Srpska, Mr Rudko Kawczynski, the President of the European Roma and Travellers Forum attended the Remembrance Day for Victims of Ustashe Crime in Donja Gradina on 22 April 2012.

No return to business as usual after the Hammarberg Roma report

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Strasbourg, 28 February 2012: The European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF) welcomes the report published by the Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg

With much courage and dedication, Mr Hammarberg has set out for all to read what the Roma and Traveller community has known for decades – that Europe's anti-Roma apartheid system intrudes on every aspect of life and death in this continent.

Three steps to progress for Roma

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Just days into a new year and already it seems there is little prospect of a change to the treatment of Europe’s Roma people.

News reports suggest that tempers are running high in the Czech Republic town of Tanvald after two Roma men were gunned down in the early hours of 1 January.

Anti-Gypsyism in the CoE Member States

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ERTF calls on the CM of the CoE to condemn and sanction anti-Gypsyism in its member states

Istanbul, 23 November 2011: The European Roma and Travellers Forum at the second meeting of the Ad hoc Committee of Experts on Roma Issues (CAHROM) in Istanbul delivered a Statement appealing to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to send a clear signal to member states to condemn racism and anti-Gypsyism.