Le gouvernement canadien annonce la reconnaissance officielle du génocide des Roms.

Montréal, Québec – le 3 août 2018 : Au lendemain de la Journée internationale de commémoration du génocide des Roms, Romanipe se réjouit de l’annonce de la reconnaissance officielle du gouvernement canadien.

La reconnaissance des atrocités commises durant la Seconde Guerre Mondiale est le fruit du travail acharné mené depuis des années par des organismes et personnes de la société civile rom. Nous saluons cette reconnaissance officielle qui aurait été impossible sans l’appui du Musée de l’Holocauste Montréal, du Centre consultatif des relations juives et israéliennes (CIJA) et L’Alliance pour le Souvenir et la Sensibilisation du Génocide (AGAR).

L’annonce faite durant la cérémonie de commémoration tenue au Musée de l’Holocauste Montréal est particulièrement significative pour les survivants Roms et Sinté oubliés pendant trop longtemps.

« Cette reconnaissance est le premier pas assurant que le sort des communautés roms entre de plein droit dans l’histoire de la Seconde Guerre mondiale et soit officialisé dans les événements  commémoratifs honorant ses victimes. Ce geste contribuera également au processus de guérison collective de cette tragédie qui a frappé les populations roms et sinté aux mains des Nazis et de leurs collaborateurs. »

Dafina Savic, Fondatrice de Romanipe

 

Dans le contexte actuel, où la haine et la violence subie par les populations roms continuent d’être normalisées, préserver la mémoire des atrocités passées et prendre conscience des dangers de l’impunité qui sévit encore pour les crimes anti-Roms devient non seulement un droit, mais aussi un devoir.

 

En l’honneur des 500 000 victimes Roms et des Sinté, Romanipe attend avec impatience l’opportunité de pouvoir travailler avec le gouvernement canadien pour faire avancer les droits de la personne des communautés roms au Canada et ailleurs dans le monde.

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CANADIAN GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL RECOGNITION OF ROMANI GENOCIDE 

 

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.

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International Roma Day: Nothing About Us Without Us

To mark International Romani Day, Romanipe invites you to Nothing About Us Without Us, a conference that will focus on Romani subjugation, oppression, and colonization. This conference, bringing together Roma activists and researchers from North America will highlight the significance of a “nothing about us without us” movement, in support of the human rights of Romani peoples worldwide.

Join us on on 7 April 2017, 4:00 – 7:00 PM at Concordia University for a discussion about Roma with Roma with: 

– Ronald Lee, Author, translator, lecturer and Co-Founder Roma Community Centre

– Nazik Deniz, Founder of the World Romani Dialect Interpreters’ Bureau

 Dafina Savic, Founder and Executive Director of Romanipe Montreal

– Lela Savic, Journalist, Journal en couleur

For more information:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1873633762905860/

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International Tolerance Day: Not More Not Less but EQUALLY!

As we put in despair, 
to rest those whose skin wasn’t fair
ENOUGH, to be granted immunity 
We are reminded that we live in a society 
where it is taught that democracy
is synonymous with equality

Yet, in reality  we live in a society
where crimes are racialized, culturalized 
People of colour antagonized, marginalized
only so discrimination can be justified

Despite what they say 
freedom is not innate  
as words cannot set us free 
Nor guarantee equity

If that was the case
Immunity would not be based
on grounds of visibility

If that was the case
Images of crime would be colour blind
If that was the case 
Skin colour would not be an offence 

If that was the case 
traces of racial disparity
we would no longer see

If that was the case 
Poverty, Inequality, Alterity
would not be synonymous with Minority
If that was the case
those whose land we’ve colonized 
We would not continue to ostracize

If that was the case
Segregation, Getthoization
Forced sterilization,  
would no longer materialize
in European Nations

If that was the case 
Black, Native, Latino, Roma
Lives WOULD Matter
Not more, not less, but
EQUALLY