Since 2010 young Roma and non-Roma come together every year to commemorate the anniversary of 2 August – the Roma Holocaust Memorial Day. International groups of young people have learned about the Holocaust and antigypsyism and human rights today.
Roma individuals, civil society organisations, and allies from across the globe; we condemn the war against Ukraine and call on the Russian Federation to cease the attacks and acts of violence against Ukraine. You can join us by signing this letter. To do so follow the link in the blog post.
We pay tribute to our hero and friend Raymond Gurême, who died in May 2020. In a few days he would have celebrated his 95th birthday. Raymond was always at the center of the Dikh He Na Bister Commemoration meetings. Urging us to continue his fight, and to live freely and joyfully.
On 2 August, we commemorate the last 4,300 Sinti and Roma in the German Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, who were murdered by the SS on that night in 1944 despite their fierce resistance. In memory of all 500,000 Sinti and Roma murdered in Nazi-occupied Europe, the European Parliament declared this date the European Holocaust Memorial Day for Sinti and Roma in 2015.
On International Roma Day – 8 April 2030 – Europe celebrates the success of the EU Strategy for Roma Equality. Back in the year 2020, a generation of young Roma faces a world in crisis but takes the lead for radical change. Change is coming, no matter if you like it or not! On October 12 at the “Digital Conference” for the new EU Roma Strategic Framework until 2030 we made sure with our video that the demands of #RomaYouth are heard!
This video “Remember” is part of our commemoration of the Roma and Sinti Genocide under Nazi Germany. This symbolic piece is important to convey our emotions as a community surrounding this injustice to our people, using art to express this in the medium of both poetry and imagery. Opre Roma. Video & Poem by Delfin Łakatosz and Lolo B-Jones