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08/03/2012

States must confront modern-day hatred, violence and discrimination against Roma – UN Experts

Skye:  It is not enough to know or remember the Roma Holocaust occurred- the circumstances that led to such an act, the subsequent forgetting, and persistent bias against the Roma which continues to this day need to be confronted in order to change the harsh reality many Romani communities endure.

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Two independent United Nations human rights experts issued a call on August 2 2012, Roma Holocaust Remembrance Day, to all countries, particularly those with Roma communities, to confront modern-day hatred, violence and discrimination against this group and find solutions to their persistent exclusion.

United Nations Independent Expert on minority issues, Rita Izsák, who is herself of Hungarian Roma origin, said that not enough was being done to challenge “a rising tide of hostility and discrimination against Roma in Europe that shames societies”.

“Genocide in Europe began by dehumanizing the other, blaming them for the problems of society, ridiculing their differences, excluding them and surrounding them within the walls of a ghetto, labelling them as evil, filthy and unworthy of the rights and opportunities afforded to others. Today in much of Europe, nearly 70 years after the Holocaust, many Roma experience all of the above on a daily basis,” Izsák said."

For more:  http://sofiaglobe.com/2012/08/03/un-human-rights-experts-call-on-countries-to-confront-hatred-violence-and-discrimination-against-roma/

To read the report:  http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=12401&LangID=E


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