Iceland

1 Recognition of the Genocide

1.1 Recognition, official texts

Iceland has not established a Holocaust Memorial Day. There are no plans to establish a memorial day to commemorate the Holocaust. Consequently, Iceland has not officially recognized the Genocide of the Roma. It is to be noted that according estimates, Iceland does not count any Roma.

1.2 Data (camps locations, Remembrance places, measures etc.)

Iceland's territory has not been affected by the Holocaust or the Genocide of the Roma. Therefore there is no relevant data on the matter.

1.3 Specialised institution, commission, research centre etc., dealing with this issue

Iceland has no specialised institution to deal with the Holocaust or the Genocide of the Roma.

1.4 Official initiatives (campaigns, actions, projects, commemoration days, museums)

No official initiative related to the Genocide of the Roma has been reported.

2 Teaching about the Genocide of the Roma

2.1 Inclusion of the topic in the school curriculum

There is no information on the inclusion of the Genocide of the Roma in the school curriculum in Iceland.

2.2 Inclusion of the topic in the school textbooks

There is no information on the inclusion of the Genocide of the Roma in the school textbooks in Iceland.

2.3 Training of teachers and education professionals

There is no information on the training of teachers regarding the Genocide of the Roma in Iceland.

2.4 Particular activities undertaken at the level of education institutions

There is no information on the activities related to the Genocide of the Roma in the schools in Iceland.

2.5 Remembrance day

No remembrance day for the Genocide of the Roma is observed in Iceland.

3 Official contacts and resource persons

3.1 Responsible person in the Ministry of Education

There is no responsible person in the Ministry of Education for the issues related to the Genocide of the Roma.

3.2 Resource persons - list of experts and historians

4 Initiatives of the civil society

4.1 Relevant projects having a real impact on the people and/or the wide public

EEA Grants and Norway Grants support the project “Providing justice for Roma Holocaust victims” in Romania. Despite the fact that Romanian authorities have officially recognised the Roma, alongside the Jews, as victims of the Holocaust in Romania, many Roma survivors are unaware of their rights and have not received any compensation for the horrors they went through. This is one of the reasons why the Community Resource Centre Association is working to identity Roma survivors so they can receive the compensation they are entitled to. The project is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the NGO fund in Romania. The project also includes establishing a database with an overview of Roma Holocaust victims in Romania and the creation of an archive with pictures and audio and video testimonials. The project started April 2014 and ended November 2014. It receives €31 480 from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the NGO fund in Romania.

5 Point of view of the Roma community - including survivors' testimonies