“Our commitment must be to remember the victims who perished, respect the survivors still with us, and reaffirm humanity's common aspiration for mutual understanding and justice.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
The IHRA has three committees that bring experts from all Working Groups together to address topics that are of contemporary interest to the IHRA and of a cross-cutting nature across its three principle areas of activity. These committees are the Committee on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial, the Committee on the Genocide of the Roma, and the Committee on the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity.
The Committee aims to raise awareness about the genocide of the Roma under National Socialism and against this background seeks to increase the commitment of the IHRA to inform, educate, research about and remember the genocide of the Roma.
The Committee also seeks to draw attention to the continuous prejudice towards Roma before, during and after the Second World War as well as to demonstrate the link between the history of discrimination and persecution and the present situation of the Roma. This calls for educational programs that combat stereotyping, that include a focus on Roma resistance and that emphasize the richness and diversity of Roma culture.
In line with the aforementioned focus areas, the Committee's concrete priorities for 2016 – 2020 are to:
1. Inform stakeholders and relevant target audiences aboutthe genocide of the Roma and promote non-discrimination and equality
2. Promote education about the genocide of Roma
3. Carry out research on the genocide of the Roma
4. Further remembrance of the genocide of the Roma
Several projects have been undertaken by the Committee, in cooperation with other organizations:
One of IHRA’s key roles is to contribute to the funding of relevant projects through its grant strategy. From 2013-2016 around fifteen projects focusing on the genocide of the Roma were funded by IHRA. The following links provide information on some of these projects:
The Chair of the Committee on the Genocide of the Roma is Martina Maschke from Austria.