International Romani Day
|International Romani Day|
|Significance||Civil awareness day|
|Next time||8 April 2021|
|Related to||Holocaust Memorial Days, International Mother Language Day, Human Rights Day|
The day was officially declared in 1990 in Serock, Poland, the site of the fourth World Romani Congress of the International Romani Union (IRU), in honour of the first major international meeting of Romani representatives, 7–12 April 1971 in Chelsfield near London. 
- Pope John Paul II exhorted his followers to treat Romanies with compassion and respect.
- In 2004, Adam Ereli of the US State Department addressed the continuing human rights abuses faced by Romanies and asked European governments to encourage tolerance.
- In 2006, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General, stated her concerns for growing Antiziganism and encouraged Europe's Romani populations to act to improve their poor living conditions, the result of longstanding and widespread discrimination.
- In 2009, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke of the U.S. commitment to protecting and promoting the human rights of Romani people throughout Europe.
- "8 April, International Roma Day: "Step up human rights protection for Roma and guarantee their access to vital services during COVID-19 pandemic"". www.coe.int. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
- "International Romani Day (April 8)". RoMigSc Project. 10 April 2017. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
- "Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General concerned at mounting anti-Gypsy feelings in Europe". Center for the Study of Democracy. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007.
- "Secretary Clinton's Message on International Roma Day". state.gov. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
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