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International Roma Day 2018



International Roma Day 2018



My name is Rafael Saavedra. I live in Brussels where I work for the United Nations Human Rights Regional Office for Europe. For me, International Roma Day is an opportunity to celebrate and reclaim Roma culture and history. It is also an opportunity to draw attention to the consequences of anti-Gypsyism, which is a specific form of racism against the Roma, and to combat it.


Mi nombre es Rafael Saavedra, vivo en Bruselas y trabajo en la Oficina Regional para los Derechos Humanos en Europa de las Naciones Unidas. Para mi, el día Internacional del Pueblo Gitano es una oportunidad para celebrar y reclamar la cultura e historia romaníes, y una oportunidad para crear conciencia sobre las consecuencias del AntiGitanismo, la forma específica de racismo contra los romaníes, y como combatirlo.


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Guidance from UN Human Rights Mechanisms on human rights of migrants, asylum-seekers, refugees and stateless persons

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