WARSAW / BUCHAREST, 2 August 2016 – Michael Georg Link, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and Ambassador Mihnea Constantinescu, Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), called today for greater efforts to protect endangered memorial sites related to the Roma and Sinti genocide during World War II.

Speaking on the occasion of the commemoration of the liquidation of the “Gypsy family camp” at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944, when the close to 3,000 remaining Roma and Sinti in the camp were murdered, they stressed that... Read more

In the 18th century, Kant pointed out that "man can only become man by education. He is merely what education makes of him". The International Holocaust Remembrance day must be a moment to honour the memory of the innocents who perished during this tragedy but it should also be a time to initiate a reflection on human nature, on the fact that choices have to be made and that one is free to make them.

Remembering the Holocaust is educating young generations but also the whole society to prevent new genocides. Remembering the Holocaust is to give to each of us the possibility to... Read more

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