Handbook on Remembrance of the Roma Genocide


Right to Remember is a self-contained educational resource for all those wishing to promote a deeper awareness of the Roma Genocide and combat discrimination. The handbook is based on the principles of human rights education, and places remembrance as an aspect of learning about, through and for human rights.

The second edition of Right to Remember incorporates some small revisions into the original publication. Since it was published in 2014, the handbook has been widely used both by Roma and non Roma youth groups. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, but inevitably there have been suggestions for clarifications, amendments, or inclusion of additional material. The introduced changes to the second edition of the handbook were made without altering the general aim and tenor of the publication.

Involving young people, including Roma youth, in researching, discussing and discovering the meanings of the Roma Genocide is a way to involve them as agents and actors in their own understanding of human rights and of history.

Right to Remember includes educational activities, as well as ideas for commemoration events, and information about the Genocide and its relevance to the situation of the Roma people today. It has been designed primarily for youth workers in non-formal settings, but it will be useful for anyone working in education, including in schools.

Strengthening the identity of Roma young people is a priority for the Roma Youth Action Plan of the Council of Europe. This implies the creation of an environment where they can grow up free from discrimination and confident about their identity and future perspectives, while appreciating their history and their plural cultural backgrounds and affiliations.

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