The World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS) and the European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS) are supporting the petition of international Roma organisations to urge UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, to take immediate action to include Romani speakers in the official commemoration of the Holocaust at the United Nations.
The petition has been submitted by RomaReact, whose mission is to build a digital space to mobilize young people to actively participate in society and present a positive image of Roma by sharing the culture, fun and real stories of real people.
The petition states:
“The fact that Roma were excluded once again from the official Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony at the UN in New York dedicated to featuring invited Roma speakers and survivors is unacceptable.
With this letter we are asking UN officials for immediate action to:
– include Roma in the official UN Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony.
– foster an inclusive culture of remembrance among the younger generation.
– send a strong political signal to extreme-right movements that “We Will Never Forget.
– recognize the appropriate place of Roma in history.
SIGN THIS LETTER to join the camaign to establish 16th May as the International Day of Resistance against Nazism and Fascism.
This symbolic act would commemorate the anniversary of the Roma rebellion in Auschwitz-Birkenau and all of those who sacrificed their lives so that we might live in peace and freedom.”
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