HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENSE INTERNATIONAL
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY GENERAL
COMMEMORATION FOR THE ROMA HOLOCAUST
SATURDAY, 2ND AUGUST, 2014 AT HRDI
HEADQUARTER, NEW DELHI
NEW DELHI, 2ND AUGUST, 2014:
HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENSE INTERNATIONAL ( HRDI) responds to
the call given by Rita Izsak (the United Nations Special Rapporteur) and Adama
Dieng (the Special Adviser of the United Nations SecretaryGeneral
Prevention of Genocide for stronger measures and initiatives) to keep the
memory of the Roma Holocaust alive and enable the survivors, Roma
communities and others to mark it in a recognized and dignified manner.
In a meeting organized at the Headquarters of HRDI today i.e. 2nd August, 2014,
Roma Rights Activists and supporters got together and remembered that Roma
were targeted by the Nazi regime and were subjected to Arbitrary Internment,
Forced Labour, and Mass Murder. German authorities murdered tens of
thousands of Roma in the Germanoccupied
territories of the Soviet Union and
Serbia and thousands more in the death camps.
Mr. Dev Bharadwaj a renowned supporter of Roma cause and an eminent
Punjabi writer was of the opinion that much remains to be done to establish the
right and possibility for Roma to remember and commemorate with dignity. He
demanded that in several countries where evidence suggests that Roma fell
victims to the Holocaust, governments should make 2nd August an official day
of remembrance for the victims of the Pharrajimos.
Mr. Shyam Parandey, General SecretaryARSP
and Mr. Janardan Pathania
called upon all the world’s governments and the International Community,
including the United Nations, to ensure that they include reference to the
suffering of Roma in their Holocaust education and commemoration events.
Mr. Ravi Iyer, Global Supporter of Roma Rights, demanded that in order to
allow appropriate commemoration, Roma graves and mass graves, including
those that have not yet been marked, must be identified and preserved to enable
survivors to remember and mourn in dignity.
Mr. Rajesh Gogna, Advocate and Secretary General, HRDI reminded that the
Violence against Roma is not only a matter of history but is a sad reality for
many Roma communities today also. He condemned that the hatred and the
dehumanization of the victims of the Holocaust that characterised the Nazi era,
still exist in the hearts and minds of some individuals in Europe today.
The gathering resolved to call upon the Government of India to ensure that the
people of India are sensitized about this tragedy and to include the reference to
the suffering of Roma in their Holocaust education and commemoration events.
It was further decided that the delegation of HRDI would meet with Hon’ble
Prime Minister of India and would appraise him of his highly sensitive issue
concerning Human Rights Concerns of Romas, who also form part of larger
Rajesh Gogna, Advocate
Human Rights Defense International