International Roma Day

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April 9, 2010
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Today, Secretary Clinton released a statement recognizing International Roma Day. The Secretary said:

"On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I offer warm wishes to all Roma as they mark International Roma Day. This is an opportunity to celebrate the many contributions of Roma to the historical and cultural development of Europe. Romani influences on the fields of music, theater, literature, and dance have added to the richness of European culture, from the music of Brahms to the novels of Cervantes. Today we also remember and honor the brave acts of resistance by Romani men and women who refused to remain silent in the face of extermination by the Nazi regime.

"Most importantly, International Roma Day is an opportunity to call attention to the challenges that continue to face Europe's ten million Roma. Protecting and promoting the human rights of Roma everywhere has long been a personal commitment for me, and under the Obama Administration it is a priority of the United States. Like all citizens, Roma should have the opportunity to live free from discrimination, enjoy equal access to education, healthcare and employment, and pursue their full God-given potential.

"Through a range of initiatives, including development assistance, international visitor programs, and constructive interaction between law enforcement and minority communities, the United States is working with our partners to make respect for the rights of Roma the norm across Europe. Working with governments, international organizations, civil society groups, and individual citizens, we seek to help Roma chart their own destinies, with opportunity, dignity and prosperity."



April 9, 2010

Osamabayoumi in Egypt writes:

It's great really share it with others happiness and sadness and bigger in recognition of their great history

Virginia, USA
April 9, 2010

Flavius in Virginia writes:

Django Reinhardt!

New York, USA
April 10, 2010

Ron in New York writes:

Protect the Roma.....

Roma, def. a canary in the coal-mine of humanity.

As the Sofia Airport expands, Roma are pushed from their makeshift (happy) homes to nowhere.

Roma are highly evolved humans....protect them.

April 10, 2010

Brady M. in Honduras writes:

Thanks us deparment of state Mr president and MS CLINTON am glad to read about our history am 100% romani

District Of Columbia, USA
April 12, 2010

Shelley in Washington, DC writes:

Thanks for this post. The only comment that I have is that I wish the statement Secretary Clinton made would have been a more detailed and generally more informational.

Because I (like many) am not someone who knows a lot about the Roma (and most of what I've heard seems like misrepresentation), I think that any statements made by the Secretary are excellent opportunities to educate people. I hope that Sec. Clinton continues to make steps in the right direction through statements like the above, but furthermore does it in a way that educates people. Education is key to understanding.

The Roma are very important people to our culture, as Sec. Clinton mentions, and statements like these are very important, and should be meant to be educational.

However, thanks for the recognition and statement that was made.

Kentucky, USA
October 2, 2010

Antony in Kentucky writes:

While everything Secretary Clinton is correct, I have one question. What about the Roma that live in the US? The statement is very true, and sounds great...but fact is, this country discriminates Roma aswell, while it is not as bad as most countries. Example, 2002 the Bush Admin removed a law passed by Reagon that made sure all of our schools taught about the Porrajmos, where the Nazi's killed well over the 500,000 Roma that is claimed. Also, the US does not concider we Roma as our own ethnic group here in the states, depspite the fact that there are some 200,000 of us here. How about the fact that April 8 is said to be for Europian Roma, when it is known as International Roma Day? What about those of us here, do we not have the right to remember our past aswell? Secretary Clinton is sincere, I believe in her statement...however, fact is this nation's government is only hiding the fact that they have...and still do many of the thins that other nations are blamed for. Equal rights for Roma in Europe...what about here? All I'm saying is...if you are going to point the truth out and try to fix a wrong, start in your own backyard first. Opre' Roma.


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