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World Roma Organization | Press release | WRO and Nina Mitic 2018

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WORLD ROMA ORGANIZATION REPRESENTATIVES AT THE MEETING WITH THE MINISTER'S ASSISTANT OF THE SECTOR FOR ANTI-DYSCRIMINATION POLICY AND GENDER EQUALITY ENHANCEMENT


On July 5th, 2018, a meeting was held between the President of World Roma Organization and Ambassador for Peace, Jovan Damjanovic, Secretary General of World Roma Organization, Prof. Dr. Bajram Haliti and Minister's Assistant from the Sector for Anti-Discrimination Policy and Gender Equality Enhancement, Nina Mitic.

President Damjanovic emphasized that the adoption of the Action Plan applies the measures defined by the Strategy, which will create conditions for full access to the realization of the human rights for persons of Roma nationality. The Action Plan defines five priority areas: education, housing, employment, health and social protection.

In line with this, both sides agreed that significant improvement has been made in the field of education, and that such trend must be continued with.

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World Roma Organization | Press release | Romane Dyvesa 2018

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APPOINTING OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD ROMA ORGANIZATION AND

AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE FOR HONORARY CITIZEN OF GORZOW WIELKOPOLSKI

AT THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL "ROMANE DYVESA"


On June 6th and 7th, 2018, the 30th anniversary of the Roma culture, songs and plays "Romane Dyvesa" was held in the town of Gorzow Wielkopolski in Poland.

The festival was attended by first-class orchestras from Poland, Romania, Russia, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Serbia.

Many guests from the Roma cultural life, as well as city leaders, attended the Festival.
The crowd counted over 10,000 delighted with music, dance, and song presented by the Roma orchestras in its fullest, followed by an exceptional visual-stage effects.

Serbia was represented by the Golden Trumpet Orchestra "Dejan Ilic", which received a enormous applause after a very successful performance.

 

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World Roma Organization | Press release | Death of Sinan Sakic

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WORLD ROMA ORGANIZATION ON THE DEATH OF THE GREAT SINGER

SINAN SAKIC


With great sorrow we share the news that a great man, a great artist and music doyen Sinan Sakic, passed away early this morning.

This is not just a loss for Serbia, but for the whole of Europe and beyond.

Singing his songs from the heart and soul, Sinan gathered hundreds of thousands of fans who are broken today by this news.

Jovan Damjanovic, President of the World Roma Organization and Ambassador of Peace:

"On behalf of World Roma Organization and myself, I express deep sorrow for the death of the great man and artist Sinan Sakic.

We give the grieving Sakic family the most sincere and deepest sympathy. "

 

Belgrade,

June 1st, 2018

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World Roma Organization | Press release | World Roma Organization in Naples 2018

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"ROMA AND SINTI PEOPLE: THE RIGHT TO HOUSING" CONFERENCE HELD IN MAY, 17th/18th, 2018


During two-day conference in Naples (Italy), on May 17 and 18, the standard issue of Roma "The Right to Housing" was discussed.

Besides the President of the World Roma Organization and the Ambassador for Peace, Jovan Damjanovic, a large number of public and political figures from the state of Italy, representatives of Roma umbrella organizations, representatives of the Roma community, as well as representatives of Roma camps from Naples and the surrounding area, participated.

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World Roma Organization | Press release | Ramadan 2018

WORLD ROMA ORGANIZATION AND

AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE

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RAMADAN GREETINGS


World Roma Organization and President of WRO and Ambassador for Peace, Mr. Jovan Damjanovic, wish a happy and blessed Ramadan to all muslim believers. May all celebrate it in peace, serenity and happiness.

May this great holiday be a reminder of peace, tolerance, importance of mutual appreciation and understanding, as well as the importance of respecting differences and affirmation of the highest values of every national and religious community.

 

Bajram sherif mubarek olsun!

 

 

Belgrade,

May 16th, 2018

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World Roma Organization | Press release | Victory Day over Fascism

PRESIDENT OF WRO AND AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE ON THE OCCASION OF
VICTORY DAY AND EUROPE DAY

The President of the World Roma Organization and Ambassador for Peace considers May 9th a great day, showing that evil and hatred towards people of other religion, race, nationality cannot rule the world. Europe, taught by post-war experiences, has opted for unity, and anti-war environment, in which all its people work together on prosperity, welfare and happy coexistence.

May 9th, 1945 is the Victory Day over Fascism, and since 9th May 1950, Europe has started its path of unification, thanking Robert Schumann, who announces a declaration calling for the establishment of a new order, and therefore the impossibility for conflicting European countries.

Such models should continue to be implemented.

"Fascism is a consequence of intolerance, misunderstanding and unwillingness to get to know and respect differences. Unfortunately, some forms still exist. It must be resolved systematically, all with the help of a strong legislative system.

Unity, diplomacy and common interests on the path of prosperity, the well-being of all people and good neighborly relations are the key to peace and stability. "- said the President and Ambassador for Peace, Jovan Damjanovic.

Belgrade,

May 9th, 2018

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World Roma Organization | Press release | Death of Boki Milosevic

BOKI MILOSEVIC, A GREAT LEGEND,

HAS LEFT US

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World Roma Organization | Press release | President and Ambassador for Peace in Nišava D

PRESIDENT AND AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE IN NIŠAVA DISTRICT

 

April 10th, 2018, President of World Roma Organization and Ambassador for Peace Jovan Damjanovic, had very constructive discussion with the Chief of Nišava District Dragana Sotirovski. The topics were on Romani cultural activities in Nišava District, and opening of Recycle Centre where Roma would be employed. The Chief Sotirovski supported both items, expressing great desire in solving the long-term problem between the Roma from Niš collecting packaging waste and JKP ''Mediana'' Niš.

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World Roma Organization | Press release | Easter and World Roma Day 2018


EASTER CARD
and
APRIL 8TH - WORLD ROMA DAY


Belgrade, April 7th, 2018

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World Roma Organization | Press release | President and Ambassador for Peace at Yunus Em

PRESIDENT AND AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE ON RECEPTION WITH
COORDINATOR FOR CULTURE OF TURKEY

 

Today, a meeting was held between the President of World Roma Organization and Ambassador for Peace, Jovan Damjanovic, and the Coordinator for culture of Turkey, Mr. Fahri Akdogan, regarding cultural cooperation and exchange between Turkey and Roma from Serbia.

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World Roma Organization | Press release | President and Ambassador for Peace appeals reg

PRESIDENT AND AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE APPEALS

ON THE SITUATION ON KOSOVO AND METOHIJA



"The past has done more than enough to teach the right way, and not to repeat the mistakes.

Kosovo and Metohija has always been a multinational, multiconfessional and multidraditional environment. It is high time for it not to be the center of conflicts, but to cease the historical opportunity to become an example of how such environment can survive and function. The use of force in solving situations requiring a calm and cold head, democratic dialogue and mutual understanding and respect, violates the life and coexistence of all peoples who have said enough to suffering and fears.

I appeal to the leaders and high officers of K&M to return to negotiations and signed declarations and acts that guarantee a peaceful and harmonious life for Kosovo and Metohija. The diplomatic way is the only one that guarantees the peace and stability of the region, " - said the President and Ambassador for peace, Jovan Damjanovic.

Belgrade, March 29th, 2018

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World Roma Organization | Press release | President and Ambassador for peace on March 21

PRESIDENT AND AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE ON THE OCASSION OF

THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION

 

March 21st was addopted as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Although some progress is made, it is not equally present. The Roma still live marginally in some countries, exposed to offenses, hate speech and attacks. Somewhere it is a matter of official institutions lacking in will to tackle this issue, somewhere it is corruption being responsable for the shortage of funds allocated to integration of the Roma people, somewhere the very Roma do not want to report cases of racial discrimination.

''Yesterday, as this entire week dedicated to fight against racism, should serve as a reminder to everyone that the Roma Integration 2020 is still on, and that many things have left undone, both in EU member states as well as in those waiting for that status. Discrimination aches of the Roma people are: education, settlement legalization, health, social and housing issue, as well as the issue of the employment of educated Roma, whose number rises from year to year. If the willingness and readiness of the state are present, then people addopt new streams more easily and faster.'' - said the President and Ambassador for Peace Jovan Damjanovic.

 

Belgrade, March 22nd, 2018

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World Roma Organization | Press release | International session of WRO in Rijeka and rec
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World Roma Organization | Press release |President and Ambassador for Peace reacts on Ve

PRESIDENT AND AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE REACTS ON VELJKO KAJTAZI'S VISIT TO INDIA

 

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World Roma Organization | Press release | President and Ambassador for Peace on the cele

PRESIDENT AND AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE ON THE CELEBRATION OF THE DAY OF THE SECONDARY TOURIST SCHOOL ''NOVI BEOGRAD''

 



On March 1st, 2018, a formal celebration of the Day of the Secondary tourist school ''Novi Beograd'' was held. It was attended by many guests from public and cultural circles, as well as guests from Pula, Istria region and Szeged.

After the introductory speech of the school principal, Mr. Dragutin Milicic, President of the World Roma Organization and Ambassador for Peace, Mr. Jovan Damjanovic, handed a Recognition by expression of gratitude to the Secondary tourist school ''Novi Beograd'' for special engagement in education and devotion of the teaching staff, and then the Golden plaque to principal Milicic for the professional and responsible leadership of the school's team.

The celebration was attended by a legendary publicist and journalist, Mr. Drasko Acimovic, who awarded director Milicic with Recognition for the most successful school in 2017.

 

The drama-music programme of the students of the Secondary tourist school ''Novi Beograd'' followed, and served dishes afterwards.

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World Roma Organization | Press release | President and Ambassador for Peace after a bus

 

PRESIDENT AND AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE AFTER A BUSINESS VISIT TO VIENNA

 

During his visit to Vienna, January 22nd - 26th, President of World Roma Organization and Ambassador for Peace, Mr. Jovan Damjanovic, had series of constructive discussions with representatives of the City Government, Chief Executive Office (The European and International Affairs Department), as well as the UN.

It is important to highlight that the grounds of World Roma Organization were positively accepted, and that many agreements were made.

It was Mr. Damjanovic's great pleasure to make contact with Romano Centro in Vienna, whose representatives dearly welcomed the delegation of World Roma Organization.

Mr. Damjanovic expresses great joy for future cooperation: ''Europe recognizes and aknowledges the significance of the Roma community worldwide. We, the Roma people, must interconnect, and jointly pave the way of our rights realization.'' - said the President and Ambassador for Peace, Mr. Jovan Damjanovic.

President and Ambassador for Peace with the representatives of Romano Centro in Vienna

 

Belgrade, February 2nd, 2018

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World Roma Organization | Press release | President and Ambassador for Peace hosting sch

PRESIDENT AND AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE HOSTING SCHOOL CELEBRATION OF ST. SAVA'S DAY

 

Jovan Damjanovic, the president of World Roma Organization and Ambassador for Peace, accepted with great pleasure the invitation of the principal of secondary vocational school for tourism and catering in New Belgrade, Mr. Dragutin Milicic, to be the host of the school celebration of St. Sava, January 27th, 2018.

Many from the public life area attended the event.

 

President of World Roma Organization and Ambassador for Peace in a company of the principal, Mr. Dragutin Milicic; famous opera and ethno singer Ivan Milinkovic (the soloist of ''Legende''); Drasko Acimovic, the legendary journalist; Dalibor Damnjanovic, deputy commissioner for informing; and others.

 

 

 

Belgrade, January 30th, 2018

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World Roma Organization | Press release | President and Ambassador for Peace on the Inte

PRESIDENT AND AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE ON THE INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBERANCE DAY, JANUARY 27th, 2018

 

"Although some progress has already been made, the Roma are still outcasts from many social areas. They are still subject to discrimination and prejudice.

The Nazi regime was the embodiment of all hatred towards other nations that bothered them because of the colour of their skin, ethnic affiliation, religion, social status ... So many lives disappeared in the smoke of Nazi crematoriums, in camps, and the final number will never be known.

In today's, modern world of our democratic countries, all judiciary and police systems, educational and health institutions, many governmental and non-governmental organizations, and the media, should work to eradicate and sanction any discriminatory action in any sphere of social life, in joint forces with the help of ordinary people." - said Jovan Damjanovic, President of the World Roma Organization and Ambassador for Peace.

Belgrade, January 26th, 2018

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World Roma Organization | Press release | Appeal for peace and stability in the region

PRESS RELEASE OF THE PRESIDENT OF WORLD ROMA ORGANIZATION AND AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE

APPEAL FOR PEACE AND STABILITY IN THE REGION

"I address all people in political sphere that it is high time for tensions to calm down so that we can all continue to live and create peacefully in this region.

The tragic death of Oliver Ivanovic is just the opposite. It is a blow to the peace and security of all citizens of this region, which also threatens citizens' rights to live. We are all witnesses that conflicts do not lead anywhere, except into new bloodsheds and disturbance of life balance.

Regardless of nationality and religion, we all live under the same sky, we breathe the same air, we feel the same sun, we have the same concerns. Is it then possible that we cannot finally agree that we all, indeed, need peace and well-being in order to regulate our lives and live in peace with our families, friends and neighbours?

I put my hopes in the system that the perpetrators of this crime will be brought to justice and I appeal to politicians to reach out to each other, in order to achieve conditions for diplomacy and dialogue, as well as to avoid new conflicts that would endanger peace and stability." - said the President and Ambassador for peace Jovan Damjanovic.

 

Belgrade, January 17th, 2018

 

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PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT



Belgrade, 2nd December 2012 – President of World Roma Organization Jovan Damjanovic and general secretary of World Roma Organization Bajram Haliti participated amongst others on the conference “Learning from the past: the Roma Holocaust” that was organized on 26th November 2012 in European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels, in organization of ERIO, “Europe for citizens”, European Commission and European Economic and Social Committee.


President of World Roma Organization Jovan Damjanovic:


“Respected ladies and gentlemen, I want to greet all present persons and thank to Mr. Ivanov – ERIO’s executive director, as well to other co-organizers for invitation to participate on this significant conference.


With law about protection of German blood was massively executed genocide over the Roma. First in Germany, and then in all European countries occupied by the Third Reich. Decrees, provisions, persecutions, evictions, executions without evidence, crimes for prevention and self-protection, prisons, ghettos, prohibited zones, gas chambers of Auschwitz, experimental scalpels of doctors from Auschwitz, Dachau and Buchenwald and other torture chambers took the lives of 3,500,000 Roma. Shortly, Roma passed Dante’s hell from Vitosa, via Jassy and Auschwitz, to Jasenovac.

Historians forget those 3,500,000 Roma, who disappeared in the smoke of crematories or bonfires built by Nazis. However, it is a fact. In most books about concentration camps – there is not even one line, even a phrase about Roma.


Roma genocide’s victims haven’t been compensated. Entire world knows for killing of six and half millions of Jews; entire world speaks about tragedy of Jewish nation. However, few of them speak about Roma tragedy; few knows that in camps of Third Reich were both killed three and half millions of Roma.

Our three and half millions of Roma in World War II still haven’t been officially recognized from side of German government. There is no any official book in which is spoken about Roma Holocaust. Let’s say that three and half millions is closest to truth - three and half millions for one forgotten Holocaust.   

Starting from Poraimos in World War II should be started questions of humanity, democracy and equal value of all people. So far, on this issue only Swedish government done something, when in June 1997 on head with president of government Geran Persson, Karl Bilt, Olof Johansson, Lars Leijonborg, Mariann Samuelssen and Alf Svensson started initiative for wide informative enterprise about Annihilation with title “Live history”.

Roma are nation towards whom history haven’t been gentle, towards whom it was even expressively cruel. Despite the fact that they lived and survived numerous extremely difficult conditions, many continued requisitions, many humiliations, persecutions and pogroms, they still remained expressively proud nation.

 



What is necessary to be done now is:

•    To gather in one place all available documentation about suffering of Roma in World War II, and especially genocide victims;

•    To ask from European Council in Strasbourg to enable gathering of all material about genocide in one center;

•    To establish a center for genocide, by which would be acquired location from which later would grow museum with staff which would be supported by all interested persons materially and with information;

•    It is necessary to make a “database” about genocide victims with first and last name of victims, with use of modern computer technology.

Determination of number of genocide victims in World War II should be a basis for setting the request for full compensation to Roma victims of genocide.” – concluded Damjanovic, and informed organizers with World Roma Organization’s position that soon should be held special conference in Council of Europe with one subject – “Roma Territoriality”, apropos idea of gathering Roma in its own state out of states in which they currently exist. President Damjanovic argued proposal of establishing its own state with following premises:


•    In some European countries are still drastically violated Roma human rights, and still is present segregation in education, and still are present racial attacks to our national minority, and still there is no understanding for integration of our national community in some countries in which Roma exist, and still there is no understanding for affirmation of cultural value and getting institutions for development of national identity of Roma national community, and still Roma live on endmost margins of poorness, and still is denied use of Roma language in educational institutions and medias… Those are in brief most important reasons for starting the initiative for establishing of Roma state.”


General secretary of World Roma Organization Bajram Haliti:


World War II brought to Roma greatest sufferings that history records about this nation. In function of racial-fascistic theory of “pure race” Roma are persecuted worse than the beasts. They are taken into the concentration camps, killed or exterminated in gas chambers.

 



Fascism and Nazism inflicted too much evil to humanity so that they could be so easily forgot. Those evils even mustn’t be forgotten! Reminding on them, as a darkest part of newer human history, is in the interest of all nations and societies of the world. That is in the interest of nations and those countries on whose territory Fascism arisen as an ideology and form of rule. Not to infinitely bear the hypothec and complex of guiltiness that, by the way, even can’t be attributed to part of contemporaries of Fascism, and not to future generations, but to fight with other nations jointly for complete eradication of old and every new Fascism and neo-Nazism as a common enemy. This is even more important since the ideology of Fascism and Nazism is not even far away repressed from the minds of individuals, groups and entire layers, as their ideally and political preference, but it long time ago finds its embodiment in organizing and activities of its old and new supporters.  

Nazis have during their panic run from Auschwitz at the end of 1945 burned or destroyed all material that could offer statistical data to determine how many prisoners were killed in Auschwitz.

In that way were destroyed all registers, directories, card-indexes, books about economy, as well as official acts, which could after all offer to us some data, although – according to testimonies of witnesses – they were recorded incorrectly, disorderly and in non-systematic manner.
Therefore it is not possible to answer to question how many victims were killed in Auschwitz, and other camps of death of Third Reich. There are very little prisoners who were in camps for some time and released to freedom, and there is not even a hundred of them who succeeded in last hour to break through out of camp.

On the conference was earlier highlighted that Nazis were sending to camps of Third Reich prisoners for work; it was highlighted that there were arriving numerous transports of men, women and children, who were brought to camp and there liquidated in nights, or were killed somewhere in surroundings of camp, and that they even haven’t been brought to the camp.

As it was underlined, it will never be possible to determine precise number of victims that was swallowed by Auschwitz-Burkenau, but based on all researches, it can be concluded that number of 3.500.000 corresponds to reality about sufferings of Roma in camps of Third Reich.

Based on determined facts, witnesses, historical and legal documents, it is doubtless that during World War II was performed genocide crime over the Roma. 

All of us who want to live in society that is distinguished with human values, democracy and equality of all people, must raise against the ideology of violence and establish bridges of cooperation and tolerance. We can’t peacefully and quietly watch as ideas of neo-Nazism are again spread and as their crimes are being denied. Who forgot history, he risks to repeat it.” – concluded Haliti.


Secretariat of
World Roma Organization