Central Council of German Sinti and Roma welcomes the adoption of the IHRA Working Definition on Antigypsyism

Under the chairmanship of Germany, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) adopted on 8 October 2020 a working definition of antigypsyism as a specific form of racism, which has affected Sinti and Roma for centuries.

Romani Rose, Chairman of the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma, emphasises the importance of this working definition:

“The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) reaches an important milestone in order to condemn and ban antigypsyism in Europe. We call upon the national governments to officially recognise this working definition of antigypsyism. The working definition is intended to raise the awareness of public institutions, especially the judiciary, police and the educational system, as well as the media and to identify hate speech and hate crimes”.

The Central Council of German Sinti and Roma appreciates the great efforts of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance in recent years to promote recognition, research, commemoration and education about the Holocaust of Sinti and Roma.

“IHRA also stands for the need for the international community to take responsibility for addressing the still virulent threats that were at the root of the Holocaust. Today we must take a very concrete and strong stance against a new nationalism, against antigypsyism, antisemitism and all forms of racism. This is what we must pass on to present and future generations in the light of history”, said Romani Rose.

The working definition names numerous concrete examples of how antigypsyism appears in society and how it can be identified. The complete working definition is available online in German and English and is currently being translated into other languages.

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