On 2 August 2015, the Europe Roma Network UK will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Roma Genocide at the Hyde Park Holocaust Memorial, to coincide with events across Europe.
The Europe Roma Network is calling for donations to cover expenses for travel from Birmingham and Maidstone as well as transport within London. The grant will allow more people to attend and give the event the momentum required to support the movement for creating a voice for Roma representation. A lack of funding currently restricts the Europe Roma Network in fully carrying out its objectives.
The Europe Roma Network has been calling on David Cameron to appoint Roma representatives to his Holocaust Commission.
According to Ladislav Balaz of the Europe Roma Network:
‘It is vital that there is a positive attendance for this event as the Holocaust Commission are sending two representatives and a higher turn-out will put pressure on the Commission to recognise the Roma as a voice in a political climate where they feel restricted from influencing and being represented under the government and continue to face harsh, anti-migrant and anti-Traveller policies. The Europe Roma Network believe that there is a link between the Genocide against Romani people under Nazi Germany and the rise of racism and anti-Gypsy attacks taking place today. Therefore, a good turn-out will support the case for representation and allow recognition of Roma at the proposed new Holocaust memorial museum.’