United States of America Joins the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015
“For too long, Roma citizens have been marginalized and isolated, prevented from contributing their talents and participating in their societies. This is a critical matter of human rights, and it affects millions of men, women, and children across the continent.”
The U.S. move highlighted the international community’s interest in Roma inclusion and gave new impetus to the political commitment of the European countries to improve the socio-economic status of the Roma.
Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania, Slovakia, Serbia and Spain. Slovenia has an observer status.
Partners of the initiative are the non-governmental organization from mentioned countries and following international and intergovernmental organizations:
World Bank, the Open Society Institute (OSI), the Roma Education Fund (REF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Council of Europe, the Council of Europe Development Bank, the Contact Point for Roma and Sinti Issues of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE ODHIR), the European Roma Information Office (ERIO), the European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF), the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), European Network Against Racism (ENAR), the World Health Organization (WHO).
The initiative was launched on February 2, 2005 in Sofia – Bulgaria.
I guess any recognition is good news, but I remain cynical. The Decade of the Roma began in 2005. The conditions and treatment of Romani across Europe remain dire.
That said, I still want to thank Hilary. She's been consistent in her support.