ternYpe – International Roma Youth Network gathered around 450 young Europeans in Krakow and Auschwitz on August 2nd 2013, the remembrance day of the Roma Genocide. The initiative will raise awareness among young Europeans, civil society, political stakeholders and decision-makers on the Roma Genocide, the mechanisms of antigypsyism, and current challenges of racism, hate speech and extremism in Europe. ternYpe aims to empower young Roma to have a voice and to be key actors for change!
The youth conference engages young Roma and non-Roma from over 15 countries, as well as different youth organizations, experts, political stakeholders, and human rights activists. ternYpe aims to build a Human Rights Platform of European youth organizations to challenge stereotypes and antigypsyism on grassroots and international level. This initiative strengthens the consciousness of young Europeans about their role and responsibility within their communities and the society at large. By strengthening the cooperation between Roma and non-Roma youth and youth organizations this initiative can shape the collective historical memory, awareness and respect for human rights. We advocate a wider official recognition of the Roma Genocide in Europe, as well as the recognition of August 2nd, as a memorial day of the Roma Genocide during World War II.