For its 5th edition, on Sunday October 4th, the Roma Pride gathered again Roma and non-Roma activists and individuals together simultaneously in about 15 European countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine.
See below for the detailed program.
This regular event mobilizing the European civil society – coordinated by the EGAM (European Grassroots Antiracist Movement) and nationally organized by Roma and antiracist NGOs – aims to address anti-Roma discrimination and racism, to challenge stereotypes and prejudices and to promote the Romani cultures, histories and traditions.
This year occurrence was the occasion of two main symbolic events:
– The first Roma Pride held in Serbia, Belgrade
On the occasion of the first participation of Serbia to the Roma Pride Day, the NGOs involved – the Civil Rights Defenders and the Youth Initiative for Human Rights – gathered activists, civil society members and Roma people to participate to a significant demonstration in Belgrade.
– The launching of the “Dignity for Lety!” campaign
This European call aims to remove an industrial pig farm standing on the site of a former WWII concentration camp destined to Roma people in Lety, Czech Republic.
This event goes perfectly along the Roma Pride as the presence of this pig farm echoes the current violence against Roma people and the lack of knowledge about the history of the Roma genocide.
Demonstrating its outstanding aspect, this unique call gathered more than 200 signatories, including 78 MEPs and MPs coming from 22 countries, as well as former ministers, major European intellectuals, artists, mayors, antiracist and human rights activists coming from more than 30 countries from Europe and beyond.
Moreover, it was published in the most prominent European newspapers: Libération (France), Le Soir & La Libre Belgique (Belgium), Publico (Portugal), Lidovky (Czech Republic), Netavia Samesksistens (Denmark), Dnevnik (Macedonia), La Tribune de Genève (Switzerland), Aftonbladet (Sweden), TVXS (Greece), El Pais (Spain), Neues Deutschland (Germany)…
Link to Liberation
To see the full text and list of signatories, visit the EGAM website.
ROMA PRIDE PROGRAM IN EUROPE
A celebration in tribute to Ilija Jovanovic – cofounder and president of the Romano Centro, awarded writer who died in 2010 – took place in Vienna.
See Facebook page
From the 7th to the 10th of October, several manifestations were held. Amongst others the Amalipe’s Volunteer club decided to interact with citizens and visitors of Veliko Tarnovo by challenging them to participate to their photo campaign by wearing or holding symbols of Roma people. From a cultural point of view, a photo exposition entitled “The UnBulgarians” and a theater play “One night in the lair” also took place.
To see the full list of events, you can visit this page.
On October the 4th, in Prague, a meeting in park Portheimka was followed by a march to Bartolomejska Street in order to put a memorial plaque. Then panel discussion on Lety and cultural program took place, while the day ended on a service in Saint Martin in the Wall Church.
See the Facebook page.
The event gathering, in a festive mood, antiracist NGO’s and associations members as well as Roma people from several locations around Paris took place in Saint-Denis. The young members of the initiative “Les Enfants du Canal” played a short participative theater scene in order to underline the lack of empathy of French administrative agents and policemen and the possibilities of actions in the situation of an abusive expulsion.
Speeches of leaders of associations then reminded their long term engagement to respect human rights and to defend the rights of Roma people to live in France.
Link to the Facebook page of the event.
A march took place in Bucharest on the 5th of October and a more festive party was organized on the 17th of October, as it is shown on the Facebook page.
The office of Pavee Point welcomed on the 4th of October young Roma to discuss with them and other Roma activists of the Roma genocide perpetrated during WWII. They focused in particular on the former concentration camp in Lety on which stands a pig farm.
Read the article.
On the 4th of October, the main subject at core of the Roma Pride was the former concentration camp in Lety on which stands a pig farm. Then, the book “A silent migration” by Maria Rosaria Chirico was presented at the Sibylle Institute, aiming to motivate people to answer the current value crisis crossing Europe and its dreadful effects.
See their Facebook page.
The Roma Pride Day was the subject of manifestations and discussions in the event “Latvian Roma – between past and future” supported by the Latvian Ministery of Culture on the 8th of April 2015. It was followed by the workshop discussion „Representation of Roma in Latvian media” on the 15th of May 2015.
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Alliance for Human Rights/National Roma Centrum
On the 4th of October 2015, the National Roma Centrum from Kumanovo organized Round table on basic human rights related to the huge migrant influx across Europe. They also discussed the issue of the pig farm standing on a former concentration camp destined to Roma people in Lety (Czech Republic).
We invite you to read the article on the National Roma Centrum website.
As part of the European events related to the Roma Pride day, the Civic Alliance decided to adapt to the current circumstances and conditions existing in Montenegro. Thus, they organized, on the 10th of October, education sessions for Roma people imprisoned in Montenegrin prisons.
Read the article.
On the 4th of October, a meeting between representatives of the Roma, Sinti and Travellers communities, and politicians, civil organizations and media in the Netherlands took place in the city of Arnhem. It included presentations of the goals of Roma Pride and a focus on the Lety pig farm standing on a former Roma concentration camp destined to Roma people.
On the 4th of October, a dynamic group of young people called “Netrangers” planned a flashmob in the city centre of Bucharest.
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On the occasion of the first participation of Serbia to the Roma Pride Day, the NGOs involved gathered activists, civil society members and Roma people to participate to a significant demonstration in Belgrade.
See the Facebook page of the event.
Several actions were organized in the context of the Roma Pride day, on the 4th of October. Round table took place in the Parliament in Kiev, along events coordinated with the Ministry of Culture at the Gogo Bar Dello. Then a ceremony for the Roma Pride followed on the 16th of October.
"Il devient absolument urgent de mettre un terme à cette injustice. Il y a un manque de connaissances et de recherches. Il faut donc promouvoir le recueil de témoignages, mais aussi construire des mémoriaux, organiser des expositions..." - @BenjaminAbtan