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Combatting Antigypsyism

Memorial to the Sinti and Roma of Europe murdered under National Socialism

Memorial to the Sinti and Roma of Europe murdered under National Socialism, © Jürgen Raible

03.03.2020 - Article

Since the IHRA added the fight against antigypsyism to its core mission in 2007, alongside the fight against Antisemitism, the organisation has constantly been working on approaches to decisively combat Antigypsyism at both the political and social level.

Against the background of the long-ignored genocide and systematic disenfranchisement, degradation, deportation and murder of hundreds of thousands of Sinti and Roma in Europe during the period of German occupation in the Second World War, Germany shoulders a special responsibility in the fight against antigypsyism. To this day, Sinti and Roma often experience rejection, marginalisation and discrimination. Prejudice and resentment targeting Sinti and Roma originate not only in extremist groups, but also in mainstream society.

The IHRA Committee on the Genocide of the Roma has in the past helped develop educational material on this issue, which led to the adoption of a non-legally binding working definition of Antigypsyism/Anti-Roma Discrimination on the 8th of October 2020.

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