International Roma Day 2013

U.S. Department of State - Washington, D.C.

U.S. Embassy Activities

In recognition of International Roma Day, Ambassador Moser joined interim Prime Minister Vlad Filat on April 5 in opening a photo exhibition celebrating famous Roma people from Moldova. The event was the first of a series organized by the NGO Centrul National al Romilor (Roma National Center) in conjunction with the Bureau of Interethnic Relations.- Embassy Chisinau, Moldova
Embassy Ljubljana proudly unveiled a new sculpture, “Flowers of One Garden,” on the embassy grounds at an event that included speeches by the Ambassador, local leaders, and performances by Romani singers and dancers. This sculpture was donated by the Roma settlement of Kamenci in far-eastern Slovenia.- Flowers of One Garden – Embassy Ljubljana Roma Sculpture
On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic Norman Eisen presented the Alice Garrigue Masaryk Award to the ROMEA civic association representatives on December 12. The U.S. Embassy presented the 2012 Alice G. Masaryk Human Rights Award to ROMEA for its long term dedication to Romani human rights issues in the Czech Republic.- U.S. Embassy Present Annual Alice Garrigue Masaryk Award the Romea Civic Association
Students Celebrate Roma New Year at Embassy Ambassador Ries welcomed students from Hristo Smirnenski elementary school in Byala Slatina to the Embassy for a performance in honor of Roma New Year on January 14, 2013. Ambassador Ries wished the children a happy New Year and success in school. The entire Embassy community enjoyed the music and dance performance. - Embassy Sofia: Students Celebrate Roma New Year at Embassy

Recent Congressional Work on Roma Issues

“I am deeply heartened that efforts to build this memorial, underway for over a decade, have finally been realized.” Senator Benjamin Cardin (MD) on the occasion of the unveiling of the Memorial for the Sinti and Roma of Europe Murdered under National Socialism, November 21, 2012.”- Digest Report: Helsinki Commission Welcomes Unveiling Of Berlin Memorial For Romani Genocide Victims
“The U.S. Helsinki Commission screened the winner of this year’s Silverdoc’s Award for Best U.S. Feature. Shot over the course of four years, the film “Our School” follows the attempt to integrate isolated rural Roma (or Gypsy) children into the mainstream school system of Romania.”- Screening of Documentary on School Segregation, 2011
“[I]mproving respect for the rights of the Romani minority requires improving respect for Roma, and that should begin by owning up to past discrimination and abuse.” – Representative Alcee L. Hastings (FL-23), Ranking Member of the Commission.”- Statement on Sterilization of Romani Women in Slovakia, 2011
Hearing on the Escalation of Violence Against Roma in Europe, February 2012
Read more about -the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission)

U.S. Government Engagement on Roma Issues

Remarks at the International Roma Day Event-Thomas O. Melia, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, April 2012

U.S. Government became observer to the Roma Decade of Inclusion-Deputy Chief of Mission Brian C. Aggeler, Embassy of the United States in Skopje, June 2012

Statement by Dr. Brooks on the Empowerment of Roma Women at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (Part 1) -Dr. Ethel Brooks

Statement by Dr. Brooks on the Empowerment of Roma Women at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (Part 2) -Dr. Ethel Brooks

Statement on Discrimination Against Roma (USOSCE)-As delivered by Ambassador Ian Kelly to the Permanent Council, January 2013

USAID’s Roma Education Project in Macedonia

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