IRU

Elizabeth Shajn is IRU Representative at the United Nations Office in Vienna

Following the acquisition of ECOSOC status at the UN in June 2018, the procedure for appointing IRU members to UN offices in New York, Geneva and Vienna has also begun.

So far, almost all of the designated members of the IRU have been registered as representatives of the IRU who will participate in the UN working sessions in the upcoming period.

Also as a new IRU representative at the UN Office in Vienna, he received his accreditation from Elizabeth Fine of Austria, Vienna. She is assigned to be at the UN office in Vienna.

In addition to being a prominent IRU delegate, Fine is also active in other fields closely linked to Roma activism.

Graduated from the Faculty of Interior Design. She is also a member of the Roma Party, which is part of the Inter-Parliamentary Roma Organization.

Elizabeth Shajn Fluent in Romani, Serbian, German, English and Slovak.

Grattan Puxon for International Romani Union - IRU: Our movement must prevent Auschwitz from again waking up

The IRU [International Romanì Union] was born out of the 1st World Roma Congress, opening in London on 8 April 1971. Grattan Puxon was among the chief organizers and founder members of the Congress and IRU. Today the IRU is headed by Zoran Dimov, elected at the 10th Congress in Skopje in 2016.

Therefore, in taking this path agreed at the London Conference, we recognize the vital and essential need to improve our existing organization and our collective capacity. All of us are willing to work with the International Romani Union and president Zoran Dimov, and those mandated from the 10th Congress in 2016.

As part of the 2 August events, we collectively presented at Europe House [home of the EU
in the UK capital] a memorandum in support of the IRU proposal for the creation of corps of Roma Ombudsmen, able to act effectively on complaints ofdiscrimination and racism perpetuated against Roma, and Romani and associated communities.

During the Conference, it was noted with
appreciation that the IRU following the regaining of NGO status with ECOSOC, has commenced activity at the United Nations in New York, Geneva and Vienna.

Above all the Conference attached great importance
to the adoption by the 10th Congress of the programme for democratic reform, and the creation of the Democratic Transition Commission, which is working to carry through those changes. The basic task has involved setting up an electronic voting system, which can enable people in communities throughout the global Roma Diaspora to participate in the future democratic election of a mandated collective political representation.


The Voter List currently contains some 5000 emails [an email address is the one essential required: each new voter must send name and city location to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

The Democratic Transition, Grattan Puxon explains, holds the potential for the creation of a full-scale and recognizable Roma Nation Mandate. When [and only if] this potential is realized it will bring new legitimacy, ensure accountability and award a more powerful voice to a respected and recognized Roma Nation.

In a word, the political influence due our numbers – yes, scattered around the world but now linked through the latest technology and advancing collectively in a rapidly changing world.

The Voter List at its current stage, enables organizers to reach out to activists in all corners of the world, assisting those determined to mobilize joint action on Roma Nation Day; wishing to achieve greater immediate response to instances of abuse and attack as they happen. The first need for such action to which the London Conference found itself alerted was the brutal murder of Garni Rama in Pristina. Lokhi phuv leske.

The Conference was in agreement that in view of the crisis felt across Europe, and especially inItaly, we must work to build a network able to coordinate protest againstrising anti-Roma racism and violence. The aim is encourage communities throughlocal NGOs all to come out together withone common theme on Roma Nation Day 2020.

Let’s prepare together a great European day of protest for next “8 April”, with demonstrations in all countries and major cities. After that, we’ll organize a huge demonstration in Brussels to impress upon representatives of the European Commission our determination to end anti-Roma violence and hostile political policies – and gain in their place full protection and civil rights, together with respect and recognition of the Roma Nation.
The Conference endorsed the plans of the IRU to hold the first electronic elections in connection with the convening of the 11th World Roma Congress, scheduled to take place in 2020. Each of us present pledged to assist in the expansion of the Voter List in order to increase both grass-roots participation in the election process and enhance the potential for that larger-scale mobilizations when necessary.

The MA in Law Sciences Zeljko Shain initiates the "Contact Contact Point" Ombudsman for vulnerable groups - Roma

During the Parliamentary session of IRU held in Skopje on June 28 and 29, in the part of Public Hiring, members of IRU Zeljko Shajn, who is also a M.Sc. in Law, noted the Initiative for Establishment through the "Contact Point" Ombudsman for vulnerable groups primarily for Roma. In his initiative, among other things, he states:
"If we focus on institutional information from various international institutions, both executive and legislative are not the least enviable: human rights violations and discrimination are greatly affected.

In order to achieve the desired goal: equalizing the degree of enjoyment of the rights of the members of the Roma minority, we believe that it is necessary to implement reforms in the institutional framework and at the vertical and horizontal level of respecting these rights between the important political subjects and the International Roma Union - IRU, also part of the United Nations, represents the Roma at all levels and has cooperation with the EU and other important international institutions.

The task ahead is actually how to make the existing Ombudsman at the local, national and European level even more efficient. The solution is the establishment of the expert contact point "Contact Point" Ombudsman for Roma issues "

This mechanism will serve more as an advisory body to the European, national and local ombudsman, will speed up the integrative process of society, and thus these problems, as an example of the Balkans, would not be a brake in the EU integration process of countries seeking EU membership.
If we have in mind that the Ombudsman contributes to the development of respect for, respect for, freedom and rights of the citizen, then the establishment of the "Contact Contact Point" is a real answer to many unresolved issues that we are dealing with today.

In consultation with top experts from the justice system such as Melenka Kreč, Judge of International Law, academician at MANU Vlado Kambovski, and others, they all call on the international convention for the protection of minorities adopted by the Council of Europe, consider this would be a nice moment for both the Roma community and society as a whole.

Normally you will need a serious job that will answer many questions about establishing this mechanism. "
At the very end, Shane quoted also Nehru, who in 1961 in Belgrade, during the conference of the non-aligned countries and during the visit to the Romany settlement Marinka, Tito told him that there are Roma living there, which Nehru answered: "
 "The sun has countless names, but it shines and heals equally for all"

At the meeting with the President of the IRU Zoran Dimov, the French Ambassador HE. Christian Thimonier confirmed his full support for the adopted Resolution on the Establishment of an Independent office - Roma Ombudsman

Within the excellent cooperation between the International Roma Union - IRU and the French Embassy in the Republic of North Macedonia and HE. On July 19 this year, Christian Thimonier held a meeting at the Embassy premises, where they exchanged their opinions and views on Roma both in the country and outside of it.

This is proof that the French Embassy is open to cooperation and is ready to support all the initiatives and actions undertaken by the International Roma Union - IRU in recent years.

One of those supported actions, where the French government clearly and unequivocally showed the French government through the Ambassador Christian Thimonier, is the last IRU Parliamentary Assembly that took place on 28 and 29 June this year in Skopje, when the initiative was presented for later adopting a decision in the form of the Resolution on the Establishment of an Independent Office - a Roma Ombudsman in an international framework.

At that gathering HE. Christian Thimonier before all members and delegates of IRU and guests said that his Government supports this initiative, which was later adopted in the form of a Resolution, as well as its readiness for its full functioning, whose seat will be in Strasbourg and Geneva.

At the same time, in the newly formed body, among others, as its member, is HE. Christian Timonier.

On the occasion of that event, the President of the IRA Zoran Dimov, during yesterday's meeting, awarded him with a Plaquette-Beware on behalf of IRU, where also from the ambassador Thimoniere was told that he would continue the commitment for a joint and deeper cooperation in the coming period, with emphasis that the newly formed Independent Office - the Roma Ombudsman will contribute much more in the field of respecting fundamental human rights, in the fight against discrimination, as well as the elimination of intolerance and violation of the rights of the Roma nation all over the world.

IRU at its session brought package decisions for the better tomorrow of the Roma nation in the world

In the presence of 51 delegates from 23 countries, the 5th Parliamentary session of IRU took place this weekend in Skopje.

In addition to the representatives of the IrU, the representatives, with their presence, were greeted by Government representatives, representatives from political parties, more Embassies that are in the function of their countries in R.Neverern Macedonia, as well as international organizations that have their own missions in the state such as OSCE / ODIHIR, IOM , CEE, European Development Agency and others.

His welcoming speeches and addresses were beside the President of the IRU, Zoran Dimov, and Mr
Robert Alagjozovski Representative of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia - Nation. coordinate. for once. of culture and intercourse. cooperation, NO Mr. Christian Timonie - Ambassador of R. France in R.Neverern Macedonia, Zeljko Shine - Mag. in Law and Introduction with the topic: "Initiative for Establishing an Independent Body" Contact Point "with Ombdusman, Kristi Mihalache - OSCE / ODIHIR, Natasha Amdiu - European Development Agency - Human Rights Expert, Lilliana Popovska - President of DOM,

The topics were: Publicity Hiring - Topic: "Rule of Law and Status of the Roma Community, Third Scientific Symposium on the Holocaust - Theme:" The Roma Holocaust - The Horror and Truth about the Roma Ghettos ", First Scientific Symposium - Theme:" Genesis, Language, History and Religion, the Roma Business Forum and the socio - economic situation of the Roma in the world.
At the end of this two-day meeting, many important decisions were taken on the future and progress of the Roma movement in the world, and one of them is an initiative for the International Roma Commissar whose seat will be in Strasbourg and Geneva.

IRU adopted Resolution on Formation of Independent Body-Contact Point - Roma Ombudsman

The International Roma Union - IRU, at its last Parliamentary session on 28 and 29 June 2019 in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, launched the initiative proposed by the President of IRU, Mr. Zoran Dimov, entitled "Initiative for establishing an independent body - Contact Point - Roma Ombudsman ".

The initiative was presented by Mr. Zeljko Shajn - M.Sc. in Law in the Republic of Serbia.

Starting from key Council of Europe documents, the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, as well as the anti-discrimi- nation legislation of the European Union, which provides for mechanisms for the protection of human rights, but at the same time, the community does not use it, that is, there is no representation in the structures in order to strengthen the trust among the representatives of the Roma community and the same, it is proposed to establish a contact- point: Roma Ombudsman.

This institution, initially introduced within the International Roma Union, and as an advocate of the Roma community among the Roma and existing mechanisms, is expected, together with the existing institutions, to define its mandate under the auspices of some of the existing international and regional organizations, that is, to institutionalize.

In this regard, support is expected from the European Union, the Council of Europe, the United Nations, and France, which through its ambassador in the Republic of Macedonia. Northern Macedonia, noted that she is interested in helping the process.

The Initiative for the Establishment of an Independent Body - Contact Point - Roma Ombudsman, emerged from the current developments in the field of respect for Fundamental Human Rights and Freedoms, with an emphasis on the Roma Nation.

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