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Council of Europe marks International Remembrance Day of the Pharrajimos (Roma Genocide)

02/08/2013

Council of Europe marks International Remembrance Day of the Pharrajimos (Roma Genocide)
 

The Council of Europe has marked International Remembrance Day of the Pharrajimos, or Roma Genocide, with a ceremony in front of its headquarters building in Strasbourg, France.

The Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma Issues, Jeroen Schokkenbroek, announced that the organisation is examining a proposal from the European Roma and Travellers Forum to encourage all member States to officially recognise and commemorate the Roma Genocide.

The Forum was represented at the ceremony by its president, Rudko Kawczynski. The Day of Remembrance is to mark the killing, on 2 August 1944, of three thousand Roma men, women and children at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Speech by Jeroen Schokkenbroek

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