The European Roma and Travellers Forum is deeply saddened to hear about the sudden demise of the President of International Romani Union (IRU), Florin Cioabă on August 18, 2013.
Florin Cioabă was a dear friend, leader and activist with whom we worked for many years.
He generously worked for the Roma till the very last moment and was highly respected among the Roma leaders, activists and the International community.
With his demise the Roma movement lost another passionate and dedicated Human Rights Activist.
All ERTF members share the grief of the family of Florin Cioabă, to whom they offer their condolences.
May his soul rest in eternal peace.