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Preparatory seminar for young educators on the Roma Genocide

DIKH HE NA BISTER - Roma Genocide Remembrance Initiative
Heidelberg, Germany 10-14 April 2017
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This year the Roma Genocide Remembrance Initiative will aim to bring together around 200 young Roma and non-Roma from all over Europe around August 2nd 2017 in Krakow and Auschwitz in Poland, marking the 73rd anniversary of the “Roma Holocaust Memorial Day”.  The initiative aims at raising awareness among young Europeans, civil society and decision-makers about the Roma Genocide, as well as about the mechanisms of antigypsyism in a challenging context of rising racism, hate speech and extremism in Europe.

As part of the preparations for the main educational and commemoration event to be held in Poland, a seminar for facilitators, national group leaders and partners of the initiative, will be held during 10-14 April in Heidelberg, Germany.

The main aim of the seminar is to develop the educational programme of the event planned to take place in Poland. The Roma Genocide Remembrance Initiative is organisers of the initiative are TernYpe – International Roma Youth Network, the Documentation and Cultural Centre of German Sinti and Roma and other partners.

The event is supported by the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma Issues and the Youth Department of the Council of Europe, within the framework of the Roma Youth Action Plan project.


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“Mirrors” training courses on combating antigypsyism through human rights education in Greece

The Council of Europe’s Youth Department in co-operation with Bodossaki Foundation and NGO Antirropon from Greece organised two training courses from 16-19 November 2016 in Athens, Greece. The activities were based on the Mirrors manual on combating antigypsyism though human rights education.

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Roma youth activities in Ukraine and in the region supporting Roma youth mobilisation

The Council of Europe’s Youth Department, in co-operation with the International Charitable Organisation Roma Women Fund “Chiricli”, organises two Roma youth activities supporting the mobilisation of Roma youth, in Odesa, Ukraine, from 3 to 8 November 2016. 50 young people and multipliers will be involved.

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UPCOMING EVENTS UPCOMING EVENTS
Training activities in support of Roma youth in Ukraine, Belarus, the Russian Federation and Republic of Moldova

During 12-13 September in Kiev a preparatory meeting was held in order to discuss and organise two training activities in support of the Roma youth and youth organisations.

A national training seminar on Roma youth participation will support the mobilisation of Roma youth and youth organisations, for their involvement in mainstreaming in the Ukrainian youth policy at national and local levels. The training will gather young people from organisations or youth community groups from Ukraine. The national seminar is part of the Framework Programme on Co-operation in the Field of Youth Policy 2016-2020 between the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine and the Council of Europe.

The regional training course on combating antigypsyism through human rights education and youth participation will prepare Roma activists and members of youth organisations interested on Roma issues to develop their competences in addressing discrimination and antigypsyism and to support Roma youth participation and self-organisation. The regional training event will gather young multipliers from Ukraine, Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation and Belarus.

The national and regional training courses will be organised at the beginning of November in Odessa, Ukraine.

The events are organised under the Roma Youth Action Plan and in close co-operation with ROMED Project of the Council of Europe, the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine and the International charitable organisation “Chiricli”.

 

Council of Europe honours victims and survivors of Roma Holocaust (Pharrajimos)
Strasbourg 2 August 2016
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The Council of Europe honoured the memory of Roma Holocaust victims and survivors with commemorations at the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and at the Organisation’s Strasbourg headquarters.


 

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Roma Genocide Remembrance Initiative
Krakow and Auschwitz-Birkenau, Poland 1-5 August 2016
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The Roma Genocide Remembrance event will bring together some 350 young Roma and non Roma people from around 15 countries during 1-5 August in Krakow and Auschwitz-Birkenau,to commemorate and raise awareness about the Roma Genocide that happened during the Second World War.

On the 2 August 1944 some 3000 Roma people were killed and their bodies burned in the so-called “Gypsy family camp” in Auschwits-Bireknau. The event organised under a larger initiative of the Roma youth network aims to raise awareness of the mechanism of antigypsyism in a challenging context of raising racism, hate speech and extremism in Europe. The programme of the event will enable participants to take part in the official commemoration ceremony and participate in educational seminars.

TernYpe International Roma Youth Network and partners are the main organizers of the event. The Youth Department and Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma Issues of the Council of Europe provide institutional and educational support to the even.


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A EUROPE OF DIASPORAS – concluding seminar
Warsaw, Poland 24-25 September 2016
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A Europe of Diasporas, is a European project and a new network to promote diasporas in Europe. The aim of the network is to help affirm the notion that diaspora have been part of the European story for many centuries and that they are an asset for Europe. It promoted the idea that diasporas identities needs are not tied to a territory or to a source of authority to be legitimate and valuable.

The network and the project will have its concluding seminar during 24-25 September in Warsaw, Poland. The aim of the seminar among other is to take stock of the results of the project, discuss the the development of the network together with developing ideas for new initatitives.

A Europe of Diasporas project

Programme of the seminar


Youth Conference Youth Conference
PUTREN LE JAKHA - International Youth Conference on Antigypsyism
Ostrava, Czech Republic 10-16 October 2016
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An international youth Conference on antigypsyism will be organised between 10-16 October in Ostrava, Czech Republic by the member organisations of the Phiren Amenca International Network.

The conference aims to raise the awareness and activism to challenge antigypsyism, discuss ideas, initiatives, activities and open questions concerning this topic. 60 Roma and non Roma youth leaders, youth workers, activists, current and former volunteers and multipliers will come together to challenge stereotypes and antigypsyism, to develop tools for local actions and campaigns and to engage in a public action for Roma rights during the conference in Ostrava and after it taking it to their own countries.

Phiren Amenca website


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Study session on "combating anti-Semitism and antigypsyism"
European Youth Centre Budapest 21 – 25 November 2016
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The European Union of Jewish Students together with the Phiren Amenca International Network and supported by the Youth Department of the Council of Europe will held a Study session on "combating anti-Semitism and antigypsyism" between 21 – 25 November 2016 at the European Youth Centre in Budapest.

The study session aims to raise the solidarity, awareness and capacity of Jewish and Roma youth activists and youth organizations in order to combat racism, anti-Semitism and antigypsyism, and to develop guidelines on combating anti-Semitism and antigypsyism for international organizations and advocacy strategies for Roma, Jewish and other human rights civil society organizations.

More details about the study session to be announced soon at:


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International organisations stress human cost of evictions and recall standards in a joint statement

Traditionally, summer holidays coincide with the eviction of Roma and Travellers throughout Europe, which takes place almost unnoticed. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) join the Council of Europe, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the European Network of European National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) and the European Network of Equality Bodies (Equinet) in a statement to condemn the recent evictions of Roma and Travellers in Europe.

Throughout Europe, Roma and Travellers, particularly those living in informal settlements, slums or halting sites face a disproportionately high threat of eviction. With this joint statement, the partners of the Operational Platform for Roma Equality (OPRE) would like to bring to the attention of national, regional and, in particular, local authorities the need to find sustainable solutions to the housing or accommodation problems many Roma and Travellers face, in order to avoid further evictions.

OPRE partners strongly condemn forced evictions without due process and provisions of adequate alternative housing. Such evictions violate international human rights obligations. The authorities must ensure that everyone subject to eviction is adequately informed of their rights, and carry out necessary evictions without discrimination or harassment.

The statement highlights the long-term negative implications of eviction that can result in physical and psychological problems, including emotional trauma and lasting social isolation, which particularly affects elderly people, women, children, and people with disabilities.

Press release

OPRE joint statement in English  OPRE joint statement in French


 

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Roma youth at the 11th CAHROM meeting
Sofia, Bulgaria 26-29 April 2016
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The Ad Hoc Committee of Experts on Roma and Traveler Issues (CAHROM) has held its 11th meeting during 26-29 April in Sofia, Bulgaria. The secretariat of the Roma Youth Action Plan took part at the meeting and exchanged views with the committee members at a panel presentation about the recent developments of the project including the adoption of the Guidelines for the Implementation of the RYAP 2016-2020 and the appointment of the Roma Rapporteur by the Joint Council on Youth.

During the second working day a working group has looked into the preliminary conclusions of the thematic visit, lessons learnt and good practices identified from the visit to Dublin that was held during 8-10 February 2016. The thematic visit hosted by Ireland and participated by representatives from Belgium, Norway and Spain looked into the topic of Roma and Travellers’ participation in advisory councils and consultative mechanisms with a focus on Roma women and youth. This was the second thematic visit organized with a specific focus on Roma youth issues, after the first took place in June 2015 in Slovenia on the topic of  Roma youth empowerment and the inclusion of a youth dimension into national Roma inclusion strategies/policies.
Both reports concerning Roma youth will be made available soon at CAHROM’s web site: http://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/cahrom  

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Study visit of the Roma Access Programs of the Central European University to the European Youth Centre Budapest
European Youth Centre Budapest 14 April 2016
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Around 30 students from various European countries currently enrolled at preparatory programmes of the Roma Access Programs have visited the European Youth Center Budapest with the purpose of learning about the work of the Council of Europe as a whole, but also discovering the opportunities available from the Youth Department for young people.

Students were introduced with the work, structure and mandate of the Council of Europe in general with paying a due attention of the organisation’s work in relation to Roma rights. During the second part of the visit students were able to learn more about non-formal education and the specificities of youth work. They participated in an educational activity from Compass the manual for human rights education for young people. At the concluding part of the study visit a presentation was done about the No Hate Speech Movement campaign and the Roma Youth Action Plan. The presentation and the discussion with the students focused on the available opportunities for cooperation, support and learning for young Roma people under the projects but also within the programme of activities of the Youth Department.

 


 

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Discovering opportunities for young Roma at the European Youth Centre Strasbourg
European Youth Centre Strasbourg 13 April 2016
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Fifty Roma young activists had a session at the European Youth Centre Strasbourg. The visit was organised within the framework of the “Roma Youth Participation and Civil Rights Activist” youth conference organised by the Cultural Centre of German Sinti and Roma during 10-15 April 2016.

The visit to the youth center included an educational part based on the activity “Fighters for Roma rights” from the manual MIRRORS in which participants identified the features of antigypsyism and also the main features of fighters for Roma rights. The activity raised issues such as the complexity of the term “antigypsyism” and of its manifestations, the importance of analysing antigypsyism as a question of power relations, and the importance of comprehending its many degrees, from stereotypes to the Genocide and the denial of the Genocide.

In the second part of the session, participants learnt more about the Youth Department of the Council of Europe and the opportunities it provides for young activists, mainly through the Roma Youth Action Plan.


 

STATEMENT ON THE OCCASION OF INTERNATIONAL ROMA DAY STATEMENT ON THE OCCASION OF INTERNATIONAL ROMA DAY
Statement of the Advisory Council on Youth on the occasion of the International Roma Day
8 April 2016
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The Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe, representing the young people in the member States of the Council Europe, takes the opportunity of International Roma Day to send its warm wishes to all Roma around Europe.

On behalf of the Advisory Council on Youth its Chair, Marko Grdosić welcomes the progress made by young Roma in the last decade and remains committed to supporting the full participation and integration of Roma youth in Council of Europe member States.


 

Roma Youth Participation in Action!
http://www.coe.int/en/web/youth-roma/roma-youth-participation-in-action
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In case you are eager to learn about real-life best practices of how Roma young people participate and take an active role in their communities, with examples of how this is done, here we are!

A new online publication “Roma Youth Participation in Action” developed by the project team, formed by both researchers and with the input of the Roma youth organisations involved in the Roma Youth Action Plan and of the ROMED programme of the Council of Europe offers good practices, from the local to the European level.

We have strived to keep its style and approach youth-friendly, so that it also speaks to young people and inspires them.

Table of Contents:      


 

Roma Youth Action Plan to be continued in 2016-2020
http://www.coe.int/en/web/youth-roma/
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According to the decision of the Joint Council on Youth* for the programme of the Youth Department in March 2016, the Roma Youth Action Plan (RYAP) continues and now has the duration of five years (2016-2020) so as to cover the period of the Thematic Action Plan of the SRSG (2016-2019) and the term of the Agenda 2020 on youth policy. The adopted Guidelines for implementation of the Roma Youth Action Plan (2016-2020) are built on the proposals from the RYAP evaluation, the proposals made by participants during the second Roma youth conference and the proposals from partners and organisations of the Informal Contact Group.

When it comes to strategic approaches of the implementation, three main directions are to be pointed out:

  • “Double mainstreaming” and engagement with policy through advocacy
  • Capacity building and support measures for Roma youth work and youth policy
  • Youth participation, from the local to the European level

The Roma Youth Action Plan will be reviewed and updated regularly and reflect the future orientations of the Joint Council on Youth for the programme of the Youth Department.

More information on the aims and objectives and activities the RYAP will be available soon at our webpage.

* More about the co-management system of the Youth Department, including the Joint Council on Youth: http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/youth/Coe_youth/co_management_en.asp and Priorities of the Council of Europe’s Youth Sector 2016-2017: http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/youth/Source/Coe_youth/Youth_sector_priorities_2016-2017_en.pdf


 

Read blog entries of young Roma from all over Europe on the No Hate Speech Blog
http://www.coe.int/en/web/youth-roma/respect-the-roma
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On the occasion of the International Romani Day on April 8 members of Roma youth networks, Roma students and activists were invited to share their thoughts, recent experiences or ideas connected to Roma identity, their work or studies.
The aim is to raise the awareness of the wider public about issues that concern young Roma nowadays. We hope that you will find the articles motivating.
The authors were inspired by their everyday impression and challenges they are facing in their activism. At the same time they also bring positive messages on this nice and celebratory day. 

 

„I wish that there will be many Romani young people finding their pieces of puzzle in order to live a decent life“
from A Piece of Puzzle by Denisa Samková

„One of the biggest opportunities that you can get out of life is to go to school and that there are people who believe in us.“
from Education: hard work, but nothing is impossible
by Leila Lázár

“Expressing disagreement with hate speech does not have to be something complicated.”  from Hate speech against Roma and its assimilation into political discourse in Europe by Orsolya Szabó, Phiren Amenca

Please, visit and read the blog here: http://www.coe.int/en/web/youth-roma/respect-the-roma


 

Soon: European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture

"Europe can learn from its largest ethnic minority"

Soon, the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture will be established in a major European city yet to be revealed. Read the following thought-provoking article on openDemocracy!


 

#PRAYFORPREJ – media campaign
April 2016
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Media campaign by Ara Art organisation on the occasion of International Roma Day. The campaign is challenging the existing stereotypes and prejudices of the life of the Roma community.

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Parovel – documentary movie screening
Agora building G.03 , Council of Europe, Strasbourg 8 April 2016, 12:30
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The first screening of the new documentary video “Parovel” (“Change” in Romani language) will take place in Room G3 of the “Agora building”. The “Parovel” documentary follows the changes achieved through the participation of Roma communities at local level in Portugal and Romania.
The process of community participation presented in “Parovel” was made possible through the ROMED2 Joint Programme of the European Union and the Council of Europe. The film has a pedagogical purpose, retracing the long process of social change through participation. The video is therefore by definition an unfinished work, which we would like to revisit and complete in some years from now.

The official trailer is already public, whereas the full 30-minute movie will be released on 8 April 2016.
Facebook event info: https://www.facebook.com/parovelfilm/


 

“On the Road to School” series of activities
Lieu d’Europe, Strasbourg 8-27 April 2016
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On the occasion of the International Roma Day on 8th April and in the framework of the integration policy of the City of Strasbourg, an event entitled ‘On The Road To School’ will be organised at the Lieu d’Europe between 8-27 April with the aim of introducing the schooling of Roma children.

Visitors can see the photos of Francis Gast in the park of Lieu d’Europe, as well as those taken by the children themselves in the glass pavilion, next to silkscreen prints presented in the framework of the project of the European Commission called ‘For Roma with Roma’.

The film ‘On the route of the Roma’ by Edouard Bacher shows how Roma families coped with the integration in Strasbourg,  and another interesting event will be the Railo Helmstetter musical performance, preceded by the presentation by the European Youth Centre about the Mirrors manual on combating antigypsyism.

The opening ceremony will take place on 8 April at 18.30 at the Lieu d’Europe.

Programme of the event in French


 

National and local events organised by partner organisation of the ROMED Programme
8 April 2016
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ROMED Programme National Support Teams, responsible for ensuring the administrative and programme implementation will be organizing numerous local and national level events across the countries.

With the aim of marking 8 April as International Roma Day, activities will take place with the purpose of raising awareness about Romany culture and tradition, strengthening identity among the Roma community and promoting inter-ethnic dialogue. Activities such as celebratory events, educational workshops, seminars, public events and campaigns will take place in cooperation with the local Roma and non Roma communities, Roma mediators, leaders, national and local authorities.

Activities will take place in the following countries and cities:

  • The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia : Tetovo, Vinica, Kocani, Berovo, Kicevo, Prilep
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina : Prnjavor, Vukosavlje, Donji Vakuf, Tuzla, Visoko, Bijeljina, Gradiska,
                                                 Brchko District, Kakanj
  • Germany : Berlin: http://www.romaday.org/Kundgebung, Düsseldorf, Köln
  • Hungary : Jászfényszrau, Nagyecsed
  • Portugal : Figueira da Foz, Elvas Cag
  • Ukraine : Darnytsa, Krivograd, Pereyaslav-Khmelnytskiy, Odessa - Kominternovo, Kharov

 

Roma Week and Roma Youth Advocacy Training
Brussels, Belgium 31 March - 7 April 2016
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A series of events will be organized under the so-called Roma Week in the European Parliament on the occasion of the 8 April the International Roma Day. This year, the day marks the 45th anniversary of the First Romani World Congress organized near London where Romani representatives have accepted the Roma flag and Roma anthem.

Roma Youth Advocacy Training will be also organized that will enable young Roma from various countries to get acquainted the European Union representatives of various departments, including European networks and organisations.

The events are organized by ternYpe – International Roma youth network, Phiren Amenca, ERGO and other European institutions and organisations.

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Challenging antigypsyism through grassroots activism seminar
Banska Bystrica, Slovakia 18-24 April 2016
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A seminar on the antigypsyism will be organized during 18-24 April in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia by Phiren Amenca international network and partner organizations. The aim of the seminar is to raise the awareness among young people and support activism efforts in challenging antigypsyism by creating local, national and European campaigns. The seminar is one of the key events in the networks goals for creating opportunities for non-formal education, dialogue and engagement to challenge stereotypes, racism and antigypsyism.

More info: http://phirenamenca.eu/


 

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