Demonstration outside the Federal Criminal Investigation Department in Wiesbaden, Germany, in January 1983 against the special registration of Sinti and Roma by the police. In the foreground Holocaust survivor Ranko Brantner, and civil rights activists Anton Franz and Romani Rose. Copyright: Central Council of German Sinti and Roma.

Paving the way for Truth and Reconciliation Process to address antigypsyism in Europe: Remembrance, Recognition, Justice and Trust-Building

The CHACHIPEN project will combine participatory research, strengthening advocacy capacity among Roma activists & communities, & targeted awareness-raising activities among policymakers, the media, & public institutions.

Activities & News

The European Parliament calls for the establishment of Truth and Reconciliation Processes

April 15, 2015 marked a historical moment. The European Parliament voted with an overwhelming majority to finally adopt a resolution which recognises the historical fact of the genocide of Sinti and Roma that took place during World War II.  The resolution established 2 August as the European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day.

On October 25, 2017 the European Parliament strengthened the fight against antigypsyism and called for the establishment of Truth and Reconciliation Processes.

International Kick-Off Conference of CHACHIPEN: 50th International Roma Day (8 April 2021): Towards justice and building trust

The Webinar features the international Kick-Off Conference of the Chachipen project on 29 March 2021.

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. 

Publications & Research

German Independent Commission on Antigypsyism 2019 – 2021

Experiences, lessons learned and recommendations regarding the Independent Commission on Antigypsyism in Germany [Unabhängige Kommission Antiziganismus]. Chachipen has produced four country reports that provide the evidence and baseline for the calls for a larger debate on transitional justice.

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Transitional Justice for Roma in Europe

The Chachipen project has produced this State of the Art Report, along with four country reports providing the evidence and baseline for calls for a larger debate on transitional justice with Roma communities, civil society, external scholars and national and EU policy makers, as well as with regional and international human rights bodies.

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Dimensions of Antigypsyism in Europe

A new book ‘Dimensions of Antigypsyism in Europe’, edited by Ismael Cortés and Markus End, published by the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) and the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma, sheds light on the complex and different dimensions of this specific form of structural racism in Europe.

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Virtual Commemoration of the European Holocaust Memorial Day for Sinti and Roma, 2 August 2020

On 2 August, we commemorate the last 4,300 Sinti and Roma in the German Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, who were murdered by the SS on that night in 1944 despite their fierce resistance. In memory of all 500,000 Sinti and Roma murdered in Nazi-occupied Europe, the European Parliament declared this date the European Holocaust Memorial Day for Sinti and Roma in 2015. Visit the new website and the virtual commemoration of 2 August 2020 and 2021.