IRU reacts: There is no end to the humiliation of the Roma from Ukraine - Now the nationalists label them as thieves!

Chaos in Ukraine continues. This time the Ukrainian police and army are also involved. In their own way, they punish those who are both the poorest and left alone. And among them are the Ukrainian Roma.

The war mostly affects the poorest, including a section of the Roma community. The lack of food, the unequal treatment of providing humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable in this war, is forcing this community to take an illegal step with severe consequences for their lives.

The inhuman treatment, the humiliation of these people who will be caught or just assumed that they stole something, is followed by being tied to a traffic sign or an electric pole with just sticky tape, painting the face in the color of the Ukrainian flag, and even physical harassment, and that are in the name of "GLORY TO UKRAINE".

Many who have already seen these photos know that such an act against the "hungry thieves" is at the expense of the notorious neo-Nazi groups of Ukraine, especially the members of the neo-fascist Azov detachment.

This type of punishment is applied in a country where there is no democracy but the law of the street and arbitrariness, whether that country is at war or not. That is why the IRU reacts and says that a reaction is needed and an appeal to the EU and the institutions to take appropriate steps to eliminate these phenomena, as well as to take greater care of the treatment of Roma from Ukraine who are left at mercy. Where are and what are the European Parliament members doing now who are advocating for Roma rights?

Statement on the Ukraine Roma Refugees by Zoran Dimov President of the International Romani Union

“The tragic war in Ukraine has led to a major humanitarian and refugee crisis in Europe. The International Romani Union calls on a global urgent effort to assist those affected including the 400,000 Ukrainian Roma people. We call on the full respect for humanitarian corridors in Ukraine for civilians in accordance with the Geneva Convention. We call on Europe and the whole world to open their borders to the refugees and give them shelter in their countries based on the needs of the victims of this terrible war. The International Romani Union will play its role in this crisis as the partner of the victims of war and the refugees. Let’s unite in this hour of need to show our humanity. We call for an immediate end to this war”.

Zoran Dimov, President, International Romani Union.

IRU writes letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the conflict in Ukraine and concerns for Roma in Ukraine and the region

It says:


Dear Mr. António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres 


The International Roma Union (IRU) is following with great concern the situation regarding the conflict in Ukraine, the developments that have affected the world in the last week.

At the same time, the IRU is closely following the subsequent developments regarding the possible efforts for negotiations as well as the cessation of the armed conflict in Ukraine and the establishment of peace.


The conflict itself has already caused terrible suffering to  the people of Ukraine, damage to Ukraine infrastructure and at the same time the refugee crisis has begun on a major scale. The refugee crisis itself has created an exodus of the population.


But also to those who do not have the opportunity to leave Ukraine, staying in their homes in crisis hotspots faced with a lack of products for minimal survival (food, hygiene items, heating, health care, etc.) is. We know that the most affected by this are those who have contributed the least to this conflict, and that is the civilian population.


The IRU expresses its concern about this whole situation, and also sees it from a broader perspective. The refugee wave itself, as well as all those who remain in Ukraine without the possibility of leaving it are left at the mercy of military attacks with their lives on the line.

Learned from past experiences of various conflicts in different regions around the world, the IRU expresses its concern in addition to caring for the entire civilian population and at the same time concerning the smaller ethnic communities in those conflict regions, including the Roma community.


From the bitter experiences of the past in such situations we are well aware that the Roma community can be neglected in  the refugee waves as the rest of the population from those crisis hotspots. through a lack of understanding of their needs.

There are many examples, as in the recent past (Syria, Afghanistan, etc.) at the same time and a little further away (Kosovo, BiH, Croatia, Serbia, Northern Macedonia, etc.).


Recognizing these developments, the IRU as a Roma International organization expresses its readiness immediately with its existing resources, instruments and mechanisms to coordinate the efforts for Roma refugees from this country with international organisations and neighbouring governments, as well as for the Roma community that has no opportunity to leave their homes in Ukraine with the government of Ukraine.


IRU through its delegates and members who are from different countries in the world with all the combined capacity and resources, from the NGO sector where these IRU members and delegates are based, are at your disposal to respond and mediate from every aspect of coordination from logistics, humanitarian or other needs.


This means that the IRU is ready to give its full contribution and engagement both in Ukraine and in other countries that will be involved in activities under any kind of assistance and coordination of the civilian population. This refers to those countries that are in the immediate vicinity of Ukraine, as well as countries that are ready to receive refugees from Ukraine.


All this would be done with you and in mutual coordination and cooperation.

We as IRU believe in the efforts to establish lasting peace and tolerance at the moment that is in the center of interest, and that is Ukraine.

But at the same time we must be prepared for a worse "black scenario" to ameliorate the suffering of the people of Ukraine.


The IRU and its delegates and members will continue to closely monitor developments related to this conflict, and will endeavor to contribute to the consistent implementation of a lasting peace, with their own information, announcements, logistics and insights.


Our office is available immediately for the coordination of these urgent efforts. The Roma people of Ukraine are urging for a coordinated effort on the refugee crisis as well as a coordinated effort to support the Roma people staying inside Ukraine.


Please contact us through our President in our office. 


With respect

Zoran Dimov

President of the IRU


IRU members from Slovakia and Romania say: "Roma fleeing the war in Ukraine face discrimination and racism"

At a recent video conference of IRU delegates and members, some of them also presented statements where Ukrainian Roma fleeing the war are facing border crossing problems. In other words, they face discrimination, and some are even the target of racism.

"Ukrainian Roma are discriminated against at the border," said IRU delegates Marek Pista of Slovakia and Catalin Stanescu of Romania.

Some of them are even asked for money if they want to cross the border.

Both Marek and Catalin are very active in the field. So far, they have managed to relocate more than 100 Roma families from Ukraine to Slovakia and Romania. Katalin Staneski with his party Romani Patrida and its activists from Moldova organized free transport and accommodation.

They continue to work in the field to help Ukrainian Roma.

Both IRU delegates say some of them remain while others continue their journey to Western Europe, primarily to Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium or the United Kingdom.

More than a million people have fled Ukraine in the week since the Russian invasion began. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said it is an unprecedented exodus this century.

The IRU is continuing its coordination and efforts to meet the needs of the Ukrainian Roma and is soon preparing its own action plan with concrete measures.

I Internacionalno Romani Unia – IRU reagirinela:“ Ko akava rusko – ukrainsko konflikti o Roma ki Ukraina ka oven salde „kolateralno zijani“

Reakcia taro IRU




Palo majneve informacie e rusiakere atakonge ki Ukraina i Internacionalno Romani Unia – IRU sikavela piro sevdžipa ko hor keriba akale konfliktoske em bičlhavela apeli ko sig čhinaviba akale askerengere aktia.,

„O IRU definitivno šubikerel o atako e rusko askereske ki Ukraina, so si klar phagiba inetrnacinalno kodekso em lumiakere moldipa” a ko jekh “hanela rupa ko europakoro tromalipa thaj siguriteto”.

– Akhara e Rusia te čhinavel o maripaskere aktivitetos trujal seriozno kinsekvence so čhivel ko riziko e civilen konektiribaja thaj e Romen so si ki Ukraina,  vakerel pe ki reakcia taro IRU.

O IRU ko jekh akahrel pe ko fundavutne principia ki “protektiva taro teritorialno integriteti , suvereniteto, thaj biathinaliap sa e tehmenge” em šđšubikerel sa o fundavitne principoa ko phagiba  e kanonehe aso I deklaracia taro o Unime nacie.

Palo dende informacie kaj si bare viktimia ki Ukraina palo o aksplozie so šunena pe ki šperutni diz Kiev palo odova ko harkov, Kramatorsk, Dnipro, Mariupol , odesa thaj zaporoćje so si notirime eksplozie javinakere saatia., O IRU si sevdžćime e Romane jekhinake so dćivdinel ko odola regionia, Aso o statsus so si e Romen ki Ukraina kamel te vakerel kaj o Roma ko akava konfilkti palen šaj te oven salde „kolateralno „ zijani Informaciaja kaj akana si baro numero ukrainsko migrantoa džanel pe kaj o Roma ka oven palem „phanle#“ ko odola regionia em odoleske apelirinel pe džći ko internacionalno organizacie te iranen majbari sama e romane jekhinake kote sao naoficialno informacie gejnela prekal 200.000 Roma vakerel pe ki reakcia taro IRU dći ko internacionalno institucie.



Zoran Dimov

Presidento an o IRU

IRU member from Romania Catalin Stanescu with his "Romani Patrida" started activities for evacuation of Roma from Ukraine who are at the border crossings

In consultation with the President of the IRU Zoran Dimov from Romania informed the delegate and member of the IRU Catalin Stanescu with his activists from "Romani Patrida" shared information that they are ready to gather 100 Roma families from Ukraine to accommodate them safely in Romania.

Catalin says that through information with the rest of the membership they are in coordination and those 100 families are provided with transport and food from the border crossings from Poland, Moldova, Hungary to their accommodation and further assistance in Romania.

They are on the ground and waiting for every call and information to be able to act.

We are expecting contact information from Katalin Staneski soon to be shared publicly.

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