- CC: RomaReact
- CC: Holocaust Remembrance Event
- Mr. Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations)Secretary-General of the United Nations
- Ms. Kimberly Mann (Manager of the UN Holocaust Outreach Programme)Manager of the UN Holocaust Outreach Programme
take immediate action to include Romani speakers in the official commemoration of the Holocaust at the UN.
URGENT! TAKE AN ACTION AGAINST THE DICRIMINATION OF ROMA! SIGN THIS LETTER TO INCLUDE ROMA IN THE OFFICIAL UN HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY!!
The fact that Roma were excluded once again from the official Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony at the UN in New York dedicated to featuring invited Roma speakers and survivors is unacceptable.
With this letter we are asking UN officials for immediate action to:
- inlude Roma in the official UN Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony
- foster an inclusive culture of remembrance among the younger generation
- send a strong political signal to extreme-right movements that “We Will Never Forget
- recognize the appropriate place of Roma in history
SIGN THIS LETTER to join the camaign to establish 16 May as the International Day of Resistance against Nazism and Fascism. This symbolic act would commemorate the anniversary of the Roma rebellion in Auschwitz-Birkenau and all of those who sacrificed their lives so that we might live in peace and freedom.
Otvoreno pismo u srpskom jeziku ovde : http://romareact.org/reports/view/1471
Avalik kiri Eesti keeles siin: http://romareact.org/reports/view/1476
Carta abierta en lenguae spañola aquí: http://romareact.org/reports/view/1481
Lil Romano Chib: http://romareact.org/reports/view/1486
Отворено писмона български езиктук: http://romareact.org/reports/view/1491
Otvorený list v slovenskom jazyku tu: http://romareact.org/reports/view/1496
Letër e hapurnëgjuhën shqipe këtu: http://romareact.org/reports/view/1506
Nyílt levéla magyarnyelv itt: http://romareact.org/reports/view/1511
Lettera aperta in lingua italianaqui: http://romareact.org/reports/view/1516
Отворено писмо на македонски јазик тука: http://romareact.org/reports/view/1521
Letter prepared by RomaReact.org activists, ternYpe, Roma students from Central European University, Budapest and FERYP empowered by ERGO Network and supported by the European Union of Jewish Students and the World Union of Jewish Students. For more info or comments email to email@example.com
- CC: RomaReact
- CC: Holocaust Remembrance Event
- Secretary-General of the United Nations
Mr. Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations)
- Manager of the UN Holocaust Outreach Programme
Ms. Kimberly Mann (Manager of the UN Holocaust Outreach Programme)
What has happened today, and for many years prior to this, is completely unacceptable. Our requests to have five minutes of the official Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony at the UN in New York dedicated to featuring invited Roma speakers and survivors have been met with flat rejection on the grounds that “there isn't enough time” to include them.
This is an act of discrimination against the memory of the Roma victims of the Holocaust. Paucity of time is an unacceptable justification for not giving space to the Roma representatives.
The Holocaust was a massive program of genocide. Besides people with disabilities, homosexuals and other groups condemned as “inferior”, Jews and Romanies were singled out for obliteration because of their identities. Just two peoples, Jews and Romanies, were singled out as the targets of the Final Solution, and by 1945, both peoples had lost approximately the same proportion of their populations in Nazi-occupied Europe.
We cannot accept that the lesson of the Holocaust has not yet been learned. We cannot accept being written out of history yet another time. We need to shed light on the forgotten Roma Genocide, its more than 500,000 victims, and on the social exclusion, anti-gypsyism and hate speech against Roma today which is a consequence of predominant, widespread ignorance and lack of recognition of the Roma Genocide.
Today in the Czech Republic, which once was a Nazi Protectorate, Roma face anti-Roma demonstrations organized by neo-Nazis that feature increasing levels of hate speech, brutality and violence and are attended by ordinary people. Today in France, Roma who are EU citizens are being forcibly evicted from their homes and deported. Today in Italy, Roma are segregated and marginalized in camps on the outskirts of cities, where they live under conditions of constant surveillance by both private security and the police, without the state providing them with proper identification. Today in Hungary, the extreme-right movement is well-organized, with a strong representation in elected office, including the Hungarian Parliament, and they have risen to power by exploiting anti-Roma sentiment and violence. With the upcoming elections in the European Union this May, these extreme-right parties and movements have a chance to seat even more of their representatives in the European Parliament by appealing to anti-Roma sentiment.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of the “Zigeunerlager” (“Gypsy-Camp”). On 2 August 1944, 2,897 elderly people, women and children, all of them the remaining Sinti and Roma in the so-called “Gypsy-Camp” at Auschwitz-Birkenau, were murdered in the gas chambers there. This was the beginning of the Final Solution of the Gypsy Question”. The Nazis intended to exterminate the Roma completely. On May 15, 1944, “Gypsy-Camp” director Untersharfuehrer SS Georg Bonigut ordered the Roma inmates to stay in their barracks. The next day, 16 May 1944, SS men surrounded the camp and attempted to force the prisoners out of the barracks, but failed to do so. Fearing casualties, the Nazis withdrew when faced with rebellion by the Roma children, men and women, whose ranks included significant numbers of Wehrmacht veterans. The Nazis feared this mutiny could spread to other parts of the camp and planned the Final Solution to the “Gypsy-Camp” for 2 August 1944.
It is entirely fitting and morally imperative that Roma representatives be included in the official commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust and in all commemorations going forward. The United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights exist in large part because of the sacrifices of all victims of the Holocaust, including Roma ones. The UN should be leading when it comes to proper commemoration of the Holocaust, not bureaucratically dismissing the requests of those who seek recognition of their rightful place in history.
We call upon you, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, to take immediate action against the discrimination against Roma participating in the official commemoration of the Holocaust at the UN. We call upon you to foster an inclusive culture of remembrance among the younger generation and to send a strong political signal to extreme-right movements that “We Will Never Forget”. We call upon you to recognize the appropriate place of Roma in history.
We also propose that you pass a resolution to establish 16 May as the International Day of Resistance against Nazism and Fascism. This symbolic act would commemorate the anniversary of the Roma rebellion in Auschwitz-Birkenau and all of those who sacrificed their lives so that we might live in peace and freedom.
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