Budapest, February 6, 2012: The Decade of Roma Inclusion Secretariat Foundation congratulates the Government of the United States for its decision to join the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015 Initiative as an observer.
Announcing the decision in Sofia, Bulgaria, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said: “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.
The Decade of Roma Inclusion is a unique forum that brings together governments, international organizations and civil society to address exclusion of Romani communities. Seven years into the initiative, it is time for intensifying cooperation and synergies between Decade partners and transforming the commitment into results.
We urge the Western European countries to join the initiative and jointly reinforce the core mission of the Decade of Roma Inclusion: to eliminate discrimination and close the unacceptable gaps between Roma and the rest of society!
The Decade Secretariat warmly welcomes the United States of America into the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015 family.
Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005 -2015 is an international initiative of 12 European governments: 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.
Decade of Roma Inclusion Secretariat Foundation
This is so important! I was really happy to read the news!
It is late, Amerika is always late! But, I agree it's good and important news! :)
These days we see is an alarming and strange phenomenon: political refugees from Europe who ask for asilement in Canada and elsewhere. As all European countries claim to be constitutional states and as not a single state dares to accuse another, Europe is not supposed to have political refugees. Economical, yes, but political, no.
Imagine that we, Europeans, would have refugees from California or South Carolina fleeing to for example Hungary. I am aware of the fact that the human rights situation in the States is not ideal. It is quite tricky to lose your job or to fall ill in the States. Racism also exists, yet, US do not face a scary revival of the Ku Klux Klan, there are no paramilitary marches nor training camps, no fatal arson attacks. In Europe all these things do happen and especially populist rulers are influenced by it. It will be good if Amerika does not only have the status of observer, but will activily participate. Most important now is that it can help us blowing the whistle.
Magyarországon a Roma Integráció Évtized Program sajnos nem igazán valósult meg. A magyarországi cigányság nem érez előrelépést, az oktatásban a felzárkóztatásban az integráció gyakorlati megvalósulásában. Elkeseredett, szegénységben, mély szegénységben élő emberek tömege kéri a segítséget. Magyarországon az úgy nevezett szélsőjobb - Magyar Gárda fizikai és lelki terrorban tartja a településeken, vidéken és a fővárosban élő cigány származású embereket.
That is great. If Mrs. Clinton manages to get it past Mr. Obama, who had no issue with his utterance of the word "gypped" in a speech (with no apology), who knows.
Also, considering that Canada is being inundated with Rroma refugees (and is deporting them), logic does not dictate that they are not trying to get into America. However, we do not see or hear about them.
The above and Mr. Obama's obvious bias does not bode well for Mrs. Clinton being able to do anything other than watch. Mrs. Clinton, if she wants to make real change, is going to face a serious uphill battle from within Washington.