Posted on Wednesday 10th April 2013
The International Romani Day (April 8) is an opportunity to celebrate Romani culture, but also to highlight the persecution and discrimination that Roma people face in all areas of life.
The day was officially declared in 1990 in Serock, Poland, the site of the fourth World Romani Congress of the International Romani Union (IRU), in honour of the first major international meeting of Romani representatives, 7-12 of April 1971 in Chelsfield near London.
Despite being Europe’s largest minority group, the Roma have been voiceless for centuries.“Stereotyping and negative perceptions of Roma people, embedded by some media and parts of the European public opinion feed discrimination in all spheres of life,” said Jezerca Tigani, Europe and Central Asia Deputy Programme Director of Amnesty International.
For the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015 click here.
For European Roma Rights Centre click here.
For Amnesty International on Roma day click here.
For ACCEPT Pluralism publications on the issue of Roma, such as Roma School Segregation Indicators, please visit ACCEPT website research findings.