Webinar: 50th International Roma Day: Towards justice and building trust
International Kick-Off Conference of the Chachipen Project
CEPS, together with the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma, the European Roma Grassroots Organisations (ERGO) Network, the Federación de Asociaciones Gitanas de Cataluña (FAGIC), the Asociatia Fast Forward and the ARESEL Network of Romania, will launch a new project called “CHACHIPEN” (meaning truth in Romani language). The launch is organised in the run up to the 50th International Roma Day, which takes place on 8 April.
CHACHIPEN’s key objectives are to advance the recognition and response to historically-rooted and systemic antigypsyism, to achieve justice, equality, non-discrimination and the full participation of Roma as equal citizens across Europe. The project employs an innovative approach, through the model of “Truth and Reconciliation Processes” to review the past rights violations and ongoing structural discrimination towards Roma, which hinder the implementation of the EU non-discrimination acquis.
The opening high-level panel will situate the discussion on recognising historically rooted antigypsyism within the wider EU and national policy context, and will provide some individual live testimonies (see some of the listed speakers below). We will then discuss how to increase recognition of antigypsyism, how can we rebuild trust between Roma and non-Roma, and what is role can mainstream institutions play. Our experts will also discuss the differences in approach, from the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions to the Expert Commissions on antigypsyism, as well as the role for Roma civil rights activism in the new EU Roma Strategic Framework for equality, inclusion and participation, and in the new EU anti-racism plan.
Livestream of the Webinar
CHACHIPEN project allows us to draw inspiration and lessons from the experiences of the German Independent Commission on Antigypsyism (Unabhängige Kommission Antiziganismus) which presented its conclusions in April 2021.
On the occasion of the International Roma Day, we greet the Roma communities throughout the world. On 8th April 1971 Romani activists hold the First International Congress calling for a stronger awareness raising of the persecution faced by Sinti and Roma and for the demand of equal participation.
US-american civil rights movement leader Jesse Jackson guest speaker at the European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day 2019
On 2 August, the European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day, the persecution and murder of Sinti and Roma during National Socialism was commemorated in the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.