An estimated half million Roma and Sinti perished during the Holocaust. Today, the persecution of Roma under the Nazi rule is widely ignored, reflecting the discrimination and exclusion still faced by Roma and Sinti in our societies today.

In 1990, OSCE participating States recognized the vulnerable position of the Roma and Sinti in the region and committed to promoting their integration into society. In 2003, these commitments were acknowledged in the Action Plan on Improving the Situation of Roma and Sinti within the OSCE Area, which... Read more

Mirjam Karoly, ODIHR's Senior Adviser on Roma and Sinti Issues, presenting the report on 'Teaching about and Commemorating the Roma and Sinti Genocide: Practices within the OSCE Area', together with Anne Giebel, ODIHR's Adviser on Combating Anti-Semitism, at the plenary meeting of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) in Debrecen, Hungary, 4 November 2015 (IHRA/Rosvita Krajinovic)

4 November 2015, Debrecen

The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) presented a new publication taking stock of official practices in OSCE participating States to remember and educate about the Roma and Sinti genocide on 4 November 2015 in Debrecen, Hungary, at the plenary meeting of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).

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Snezana Samardzic-Markovic, Director General of the Council of Europe's Directorate of Democracy and Gheorghe Raducanu, President of the European Roma and Travellers Forum

STRASBOURG, 31 July 2015 - Today the Council of Europe observed one minute of silence to mark the 71st anniversary and to pay homage to the victims of the genocide committed against Roma during the Second World War.

The Roma nation commemorates this tragedy on August 2–the date when, in 1944, over 3 000 Roma were exterminated in gas chamber V of ''Zigeunerlager BIII'' at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

It is not known precisely how many Roma were killed in the genocide, but historians... Read more