Alliance against Antigypsyism

Antigypsyism – a reference paper

July 2016
www.antigypsyism.eu

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Alliance against Antigypsyism

\"Antigypsyism – a reference paper\"

Antigypsyism is the specific racism towards Roma, Sinti, Travellers and others who are
stigmatized as \'gypsies\' in the public imagination. Although the term is finding
increasing institutional recognition, there is as yet no common understanding of its
nature and implications. Antigypsyism is often used in a narrow sense to indicate anti-
Roma attitudes or the expression of negative stereotypes in the public sphere or hate
speech. However, antigypsyism gives rise to a much wider spectrum of discriminatory
expressions and practices, including many implicit or hidden manifestations.
Antigypsyism is not only about what is being said, but also about what is being done
and what is not being done.
1.To recognize its full impact, a more precise understanding
is crucial.

2.The Alliance against Antigypsyism

here proposes a working definition that reflects a
systematic conception of antigypsyism. This paper sketches its key characteristics, the
connections between its different aspects, and its myriad manifestations, which require
specific approaches. It wants to encourage policy and decision makers to put into
action a coherent, but diverse, set of measures to combat antigypsyism.

A number of key aspects deserve emphasis from the outset. Firstly, it is essential to
see that antigypsyism is not a \'minority issue\'. It is a phenomenon of our societies,
which has its origin in how the social majority view and treat those whom they consider
\'gypsies\'. To combat antigypsyism, our attention needs to shift to mainstream societies,
while raising the voices of those who are dramatically affected by antigypsyism, but
also usually silenced by it.

Secondly, antigypsyism is not the result of the poor living conditions many Roma have
to live in, or the result of \'how different they are\'. The idea that promoting Roma
integration is the main path to countering antigypsyism is a fallacy that misconstrues
the origins and essence of antigypsyism. It inverts cause and effect.

This means that, thirdly, addressing the effects of discriminatory treatment – poverty,
poor quality housing, substandard education, to name a few – is necessary, but in and
of itself does nothing to eradicate the ultimate source of the disadvantaged position of
many Romani citizens. Consequently, antigypsyism cannot be simply treated as a
thematic issue, alongside housing, education, health and employment. It needs to be
dealt with as an integral part of thematic policies.

Finally, what sets antigypsyism apart is its high level of social acceptance. There is a
general leniency towards antigypsyist attitudes and practices. The moral stigma
attached to other forms of racism is largely absent for antigypsyism. Europe has seen
the emergence of a \'reasonable antigypsyism\'

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I extend my best wishes to all Roma on International Roma Day.

On April 8, we celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Roma people everywhere, and the contributions that Roma make to our societies, including the over one million Americans of Romani descent.

It is also a day to reflect on the exclusion many Roma face in their daily lives and to recommit to effectively remedy discrimination. Unfortunately, segregated schools, extremist anti-Roma rhetoric and violence, and marginalization from political and economic life continue to prevent many Roma children from reaching their full potential.

We are resolved that Romani children deserve the same educational opportunities as their peers, Romani families deserve to live their lives free from the fear of violence, and all Romani individuals deserve the opportunity to provide for their families and have their voices heard by their government.

To commemorate this day, the United States reaffirms our commitment to the inclusion and equal treatment of all Roma people, wherever they call home.

Belgrade, 10.02.2016
PRESS RELEASE
LEAGUE OF ROMA AGAINST REHABILITATION OF MILAN NEDIC
The League of Roma expresses concern over the initiative for the rehabilitation of Milan Nedic and his glorification as a "Serbian hero" by false presentation of historical truth. The process of his rehabilitation and public support to it by certain politicians revitalize horrific crimes and oppress all its victims.
Rehabilitation of Milan Nedic rehabilitates the policy of the Quisling-nature Government whose decrees and orders praised the Third Reich and Adolf Hitler, implemented discriminatory laws which legalized Holocaust in Serbia, imprisoned and murdered Roma as a group that "damage" the reputation and moral of Aryan society.
In the time of economic crisis in Serbia together with election campaign, this initiative and glorification of the contribution of the Quisling-nature Government in the preservation of Serbian national interests particularly negatively leads to the strengthening of the radical right groups among young Serbs.
Instead rehabilitation of Milan Nedic, the League of Roma suggests introducing the institute of prohibition of genocide and war crime denial in the Criminal Code. Serbia as a state in the process of accession to the European Union is obliged to align its Criminal Code with the EU Council Framework Decision 2008/913 / JHA of 28 November 2008 on combating certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law stipulates establishing of the criminal act which incriminates public condoning, denying or grossly trivializing crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crime.