Secretary General honours Roma Holocaust victims

SECRETARY GENERAL 31 July 2020 Strasbourg

On 2 August 1944, the remaining Roma of the so-called “Zigeunerlager” (Gypsy camp) – some 3,000 men, women and children – were exterminated in the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The Roma Holocaust was an attempt by the Nazi regime and its supporters to exterminate the Romani people of...

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2 August European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day

8 July 2020 Strasbourg

For several years, the Council of Europe has held commemoration ceremonies on the occasion of the European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day (2 August) in front of the Palais de l’Europe in Strasbourg. This year, however, due to the COVID-19 crisis and its various related risks and restrictions, it has...

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The representation of Roma in major European museum collections: Volume 1 – The Louvre

6 July 2020 Strasbourg

Combating anti-Gypsyism and discrimination in its diverse forms constitutes one of the priority areas of the Council of Europe’s Strategic Action Plan for Roma and Traveller Inclusion (2020-2025). In order to achieve this, it is necessary to improve the wider public’s understanding of Roma...

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From challenges to solutions: Council of Europe instruments and tools to fight systemic racism

3 July 2020 Strasbourg

On 7 July, the Anti-Discrimination Department of the Council of Europe will hold a webinar ‘From challenges to solutions: instruments and tools to fight systemic racism’. The webinar will explore the effectiveness of Council of Europe tools for combating systemic racism and creating anti-racist...

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INSCHOOL's view on Inclusive Education in times of pandemic - ECRI Webinar

30 June 2020 Strasbourg

On 30 June 2020, a webinar on Inclusive Education in Times of Covid-19 was organised jointly by the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) and the Greek Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. The event was convened following the closure of schools in...

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Schools should include Roma and Traveller history in teaching curricula: Council of Europe Recommendation

01 July 2020 Strasbourg

Strasbourg, 01.07.2020 – The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers adopted a Recommendation that for the first time ever calls on its 47 member states to include the history of Roma and/or Travellers (*) in school curricula and teaching materials. An effective tool to combat hatred,...

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Call for consultancy services for developing a position paper on quality and inclusive education for Roma and Travellers

25 May 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe is currently implementing the Strategic Action Plan on Roma and Travellers Inclusion (2020-2025) which translates the strategic objectives of the organisation regarding the protection and promotion of human rights, democracy and the rule of law into a policy framework for...

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21 May - World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

20 May 2020 Strasbourg

21 May, the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development[1] is a reminder of the world’s cultural richness and of the essential role of intercultural dialogue for achieving peace and sustainable development. In 2008, the Council of Europe member States adopted a White Paper on...

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16 May 1944 – a day to remember

15 May 2020 Strasbourg

Soon after the start of the Second World War in 1939, the Νazi Regime decided to remove all Roma and Sinti from the territory of the Third Reich. They were ordered to resettle and were placed in Jewish ghettos and camps for Jews. The first deportation took place on 16 May 1940 from Ravensburg to...

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Challenges to human rights have intensified in Europe

21 April 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, has just published her annual activity report 2019, which provides an overall picture of the main problems, challenges and opportunities that European countries are facing in the field of human rights. The report contains a...

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