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July 3, 2022



International Roma day

US Secretary of State John Kerry (PHOTO:
US Secretary of State John Kerry (PHOTO:

Statement by Secretary of State John Kerry on International Roma Day

8.4.2015 10:27 On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I honor all Roma on International Roma Day.  full story

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ERTF: We are Roma - this is what we are

7.4.2015 10:25 We mark International Roma day by celebrating the rich Romani culture and the diverse contributions of Roma to our societies. On this day, the Roma can stand up and proudly say “We are Roma: this is what we are.”  full story

Zeljko Jovanovic, director, Roma Initiatives Office

videoJovanovic: This is a constant battle for self-definition and we are resolved to win it, as long as we live

Budapest, 10.4.2014 22:11, (ROMEA) Forty-three years ago, the founding fathers of April 8th, gave answers to fundamental questions every nation faces at a certain point. They knew that answers they gave will not be obligatory to anyone. They knew that the answers they gave will not be imposed on us by any governmental decrees, history classes, monuments, museums, memorials, or military parades. And they also knew that these answers must be given by Roma instead of being given by somebody else.  full story

Loé Lagrange, Office Coordinator from ADC Memorial Brussels speaking at the OSCE Expert Meeting on Police and Roma and Sinti: Current Challenges and Good Practices in Building Trust and Understanding, taking place on ODIHR premises in Warsaw, 8 April 2014.  (PHOTO: OSCE,

On International Roma Day, OSCE/ODIHR Director calls for greater efforts to improve co-operation between police and Roma communities

Warsaw, 9.4.2014 23:26, (ROMEA) Ambassador Janez Lenarčič, the Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), called today for greater efforts to improve relations and co-operation between police forces and Roma communities. On the occasion of International Roma Day, he further called on law-enforcement authorities to ensure effective police responses to violence against Roma and Sinti people in the OSCE area.  full story

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Secretary of State John Kerry on International Roma Day 2014

Washington, 8.4.2014 23:18, (ROMEA) Today of all days, all the American people are particularly thinking of the Roma around the world. We celebrate the rich Romani culture and contributions to our societies in Europe, the United States, and beyond. We also renew our commitment to remove the obstacles that keep millions of Roma on the margins of society and prevent them from realizing their full potential.  full story

Rita Izsák, UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues (PHOTO: Violaine Martin, Flickr)

International Roma Day: UN expert urges full inclusion of Roma in decision-making in Europe

Geneva, 8.4.2014 22:56, (ROMEA) On International Roma Day, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák, calls on all European States and institutions to fully include Roma people in the decision-making process in Europe at all levels.  full story

Joint press statement: International Roma Day: Strong call for solidarity ahead of European elections

Brussels, 8.4.2014 23:20, (ROMEA) Roma across Europe continue to be the victims of racist attacks, widespread discrimination and hate speech. Today, on International Roma Day, anti-racist organisations are seriously concerned about the prevalence of anti-Gypsyism, and pledge to join forces to curb racism and hate speech ahead of the European elections.  full story

A Roma community is subjected to forced eviction in Marseille, France, July 2013. (FOTO: Amnesty International, Raphaël Bianchi)

Roma in Europe: Demanding justice and protection in the face of violence

EU, 8.4.2014 9:37, (ROMEA) European states are failing to curb and in some cases even fuelling discrimination, intimidation and violence against Roma, Amnesty International said on International Roma Day on 8 April.  full story

Alan Shatter TD, Chair of the Justice and Home Affairs Council

Statement by Irish Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence on the occasion of International Roma Day

Brussels, 10.4.2013 10:42, (ROMEA) On International Roma Day, 8 April 2013, the Irish Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD, Chair of the Justice and Home Affairs Council, emphasised the importance of implementing the National Roma Integration Strategies, which were published in 2012.  full story

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International Roma Day: Commission calls for decisive action to further Roma integration

Brussels, 8.4.2013 15:45, (ROMEA) To mark International Roma Day, the European Commission has underlined the need for further efforts by the Member States to improve the situation for Roma communities in Europe. Despite efforts in the Member States towards Roma integration, much more progress has yet to be made at national level to fight discrimination and improve access for Roma to employment, education, housing and healthcare in particular.  full story

Hillary Rodham Clinton: International Roma Day

Washington, 12.4.2012 16:24, (ROMEA) On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I want to send best wishes to all Roma as they mark International Roma Day. Today we celebrate the history, impact and culture of Romani people. From music and art to science and literature, Romani people have contributed in ways large and small to the fabric of countless societies.  full story

Hundreds in London set to join global day of protest for Gypsies, Roma and Travellers

London, 7.4.2012 0:30, (ROMEA) Hundreds of Traveller, Roma and Gypsy families are set to march alongside supporters in London on Sunday as part of a global day protest. April 8th, ‘Roma Nation Day’, is an annual day of celebration and resistance for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities across the world. Protesters will assemble in Hyde Park corner at noon, visiting various embassies before arriving at the Department of Communities and Local Government.  full story

UN experts: Let’s not accept another lost generation of Roma

Geneve, 6.4.2012 11:32, (ROMEA) “The time for action is now,” said a group of seven United Nations human rights experts on International Roma Day*. “We should not accept yet another lost generation of Roma girls and boys whose only expectations are lives of poverty, discrimination and exclusion and whose futures are dictated by negative stereotypes which commonly go unchallenged.”  full story

ERIO and AGE: International Roma Day - It is time to improve the lives of older Roma

Brussels, 6.4.2012 11:28, (ROMEA) For many Roma, 8 April is a day to celebrate Roma cultures, histories and identities. Since 2012 is the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, ERIO and AGE believe that this year the International Roma Day is a unique opportunity to raise awareness about the challenges and obstacles that older Roma face daily across the EU.  full story

Amnesty International: The rights of the European Roma

London, 6.4.2012 11:22, (ROMEA) International Roma Day (April 8) is a chance to celebrate Romani culture but also to highlight the persecution and discrimination that Roma people face in all areas of life.  full story

Czech Republic: Ambassador Norman L. Eisen on International Roma Day

Prague, 6.4.2012 11:10, (ROMEA) April 8 is International Roma Day and I, along with U.S. Ambassadors and officials around the world, offer my best wishes to all members of the Roma community. The cultural and historic ties of the Roma community in the Czech Republic are deep and long-standing.  full story

Hillary Clinton about International Roma Day

Washington, 8.4.2010 22:33, (ROMEA) On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I offer warm wishes to all Roma as they mark International Roma Day. This is an opportunity to celebrate the many contributions of Roma to the historical and cultural development of Europe. Romani influences on the fields of music, theater, literature, and dance have added to the richness of European culture, from the music of Brahms to the novels of Cervantes. Today we also remember and honor the brave acts of resistance by Romani men and women who refused to remain silent in the face of extermination by the Nazi regime.  full story

The United States has committed to a variety of tools in promoting the success of Roma.

Washington, 8.4.2010 22:31, (ROMEA) The United States has committed to a variety of tools in promoting the success of Roma.  full story

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