Miranda Rira: “Involving all levels of governance in Roma integration”
ROMA HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY
The memory of the persecution suffered by Roma in the past serves as a reminder of the urgent need to put an end to the anti-Gypsyism which they continue to be subjected to in many European countries, said Miranda Rira, Congress spokesperson on Roma issues, on 2 August 2019, on the occasion of the Roma Holocaust Memorial Day. All levels of governance – whether national, regional or local – should undertake to safeguard their rights and ensure their integration, she added.
The Congress recently published the Human Rights Handbook for Local and Regional Authorities, which includes a chapter on Roma rights, with a reminder of the legal framework and the role that local and regional authorities can play, along with examples of good practice implemented in various countries.
On 2 August, we commemorate the genocide perpetrated against the Roma in the Second World War, during which it is estimated that between 220 000 and 500 000 Roma and Sintis, representing between a quarter and half of their entire population at the time, were murdered by the Nazis and their allies. According to a report published in 2018 by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Roma – who are the largest ethnic minority group in Europe – continue to suffer persecution to this day.