Montreal, Quebec – August 3rd 2018 – Yesterday, as we marked the international day of commemoration, the Federal Government issued a statement in remembrance and recognition of the Romani genocide.

Recognition of the atrocities committed during WWII comes after years of determination and hard work from Romani organizations and individuals. This recognition could not have been made possible without the support of the Montreal Holocaust Museum, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), the Alliance for Genocide Awareness and Remembrance (AGAR) and countless others.

This announcement made yesterday during the commemoration ceremony held at the Montreal Holocaust Museum is especially meaningful for Romani victims and survivors who have been who have been omitted from the pages of history for far too long,”

“This marks a turning point for survivors who rebuilt their lives in Canada – This recognition is a first step in ensuring that the plight of Romani communities will be rightfully included in the history of WWII and events honouring its victims. It will also assist the collective healing process of this tragedy that befell Roma and Sinti populations at the hands of the Nazis and their collaborators.”

Dafina Savic, Founder, Romanipe

At a time when acts of racism, hatred and violence against Romani continue to be normalized, preserving the memory of past atrocities and raising awareness about the dangers of impunity becomes not only a right, but a duty. In honour of the estimated 500,000 victims of the Romani Genocide, Romanipe looks forward to working with the Canadian Government to ensure that their memory is preserved, and that the lessons of this tragedy serve to advance the human rights situation of Romani communities at home and abroad.