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In Memoriam: Longtime Roma activist and IRU member Eshtref Abduramanoski dies in Australia - Perth

On January 19, 2021 in Perth, Australia, at the age of 82, died a longtime Roma activist and member of the International Roma Union - IRU Eshtref Abduramanoski.
Abduramanoski was born on August 23, 1938. He has been with the IRU for over 20 years and is a prominent member and delegate. His position at the IRU was as President of the IRU for Australia and New Zealand. Abduramanoski was also known for organizing various events in his country Australia to preserve the Roma identity, culture and tradition. At the same time, the Roma radio functioned within the Roma organization in Australia.
Abduramanoski's funeral is planned for January 27, 2021.
At the same time, the IRU also sent a telegram of condolences to the Abduramanoski family by its chairman Zoran Dimov.

International Romani Union Participates in Biden-Harris Inauguration During the “National Memorial to Lives Lost to COVID-19”

The First Nationwide COVID-19 Memorial to Lives Lost is Part of The Inauguration of President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Vice President-elect Kamala D. Harris

By Ann Gilbert

Billings, Montana — The International Romani Union was among a select few organizations that were featured in the opening ceremony for the inauguration of 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden, and Vice President Kamala Harris.

The National Memorial to Lives Lost to COVID-19 began in Washington D.C. with remarks from President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris. It was the first national memorial held in the US for the 400,000 victims who have so far been lost during the pandemic.

“To heal, we must remember. It’s hard sometimes to remember, but that’s how we heal. It’s important to do that as a nation. That’s why we’re here today. Between sundown and dusk, let us shine the lights in the darkness, along the sacred pool of reflection, and remember all whom we lost,” said President-elect Biden as the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool illuminated with 400 amber lights, followed by the Washington Monument.

The stunning scene was replicated across the United States as prominent landmarks were bathed in amber light and church bells rang in a national moment of unity and remembrance. Broadcast nationally by ABC and covered by every major news network, the nationwide memorial was a significant event in the inauguration. Only six locations were featured by ABC, including the Washington National Cathedral, the iconic Empire State Building, and a sacred Indigenous site in Montana.

On the morning of the event, Tom Rodgers, President of the Global indigenous Council (GIC), confirmed that GIC and the International Romani Union in conjunction with the Montana-based Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, and the Pretty Shield Foundation, were participating in the National Memorial to Lives Lost to COVID-19 and had been selected for nationwide focus.

Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA), senior adviser to President-elect Joe Biden and the new director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, was instrumental in securing national TV coverage for the Indigenous contribution to the “National Memorial to Lives Lost to COVID-19.”

“Indigenous communities in not only the United States but worldwide have suffered disproportionately from the devastation of COVID-19,” said Rodgers, who is Blackfeet from Montana. “We chose the Sacrifice Cliff site as the spirit and history of the area speaks to the present. It was here during the smallpox epidemic of the late 1850s that 15 Crow warriors who realized they were infected blindfolded their horses and rode off the cliff rather than carry the disease back to their people,” he explained.

A “Beacon of Hope,” an illuminated tipi, with bearers of the International Romani Union and Global Indigenous Council flags beside it, was the striking visual carried coast-to-coast by the TV networks.

Tashi Mathuin, an International Romani Union (IRU) youth ambassador, carried the IRU flag.

 

“Indigenous people, Black and Hispanic people, marginalized communities here as across the hemispheres have been hit the hardest by COVID-19, losing our loved ones and elders. The cultural impact from the loss of so many of our wisdom keepers is incalculable,” said Mathuin.

Like the Roma, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has heritage from India. “Kamala” means lotus flower in Sanskrit, the mother language of Romani.

“As Roma, I hope our people feel pride when they see Senator Kamala Harris sworn in as Vice President of the United States. Our ancestors are of the same earth, we carry some of the same cultural memories and influences in our DNA. In our traditions, we know the significance of the Devi Kamala. This is more than a name, but the name alone has great meaning,” the IRU youth ambassador continued.

“We gather tonight, a nation in mourning, to pay tribute to the lives we have lost, a grandmother or grandfather who was our whole world, a parent, partner, sibling, or friend who we still cannot accept is no longer here,” began Vice President-elect Harris before the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool was lit up. “For many months, we have grieved by ourselves. Tonight, we grieve and begin healing together,” she consoled. “My abiding hope, my abiding prayer, is that we emerge from this ordeal with a new wisdom, to cherish simple moments, to imagine new possibilities, and to open our hearts just a little bit more to one another,” concluded the Vice President-elect.

Tashi Mathuin agrees with that sentiment. 

“On January 6, we saw symbols of hate in the US Capitol. I never imagined I’d witness the Confederate flag, Nazi inspired flags, and ‘Camp Auschwitz’ slogans in the chambers of US democracy. In August 1944, over 4,300 of our Roma people were murdered in one night in Auschwitz. Now, 4,000 Americans are losing their lives to COVID-19 daily. This is a moment for healing. Heartbreak is universal and this virus does not discriminate. This memorial and remembrance represents the new dawn we know is coming. Let’s see that sunrise together,” urged Mathuin.

Mathuin was born in Billings, Montana. Approximately one-million Roma from several tribes reside in the US. Amnesty International and the United Nations have drawn attention to human rights violations suffered by the Roma in Europe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Upon the invitation of Francisco Cali Tzay, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, IRU delegate and executive director of the Global Indigenous Council, Rain Lovell (Bear Stands Last), submitted a report cataloging some of the abuses inflicted on the Roma. 

“The inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris represents the beginning of a new national journey. However, in the midst of a pandemic – when so many Americans are grieving the loss of family, friends, and neighbors – it is important that we honor those who have died, reflect on what has been one of the more challenging periods in this nation’s history, and renew our commitment to coming together to unite our country, end the pandemic, and rebuild our nation,” said Presidential Inaugural Committee Communications Director Pili Tobar.

 

Ramush Muarem-Cirko: We should all follow the path that leads to unification

In a video message for the United for Diversity Initiative, journalist Ramush Muarem-Cirko calls for unity in diversity as the only cure for the dangerous disease of nationalism.
Nationalism is a collective or individual paranoia. In fact, if we want to define or illustrate that nationalism, in fact I see it as a wild river, literally just like a wild river that flows uncontrollably along its course, and if we compare them with the weather conditions when there is rain, for example, then those tributaries or events in society contribute to that nationalism rising like the level of that wild river, and starting to overflow on all sides, and simply when it comes to that moment, all control is lost and there is no going back. In my opinion, nationalism is a dangerous disease of today everywhere in society.
I am a member of a nationality of a community that is a minority in this society, the Roma. In particular, it has happened to me to say, many times on the basis of that nationalism, to address me with adjectives from the example "gypsies", because simply, it is closest to them as simple devaluation of that community or devaluation of that person from that community.
There is one moment that we should try to do, and that is to make a dam, to regulate that flow in order to calm those flows. Well, I can call that dam united in diversity, exactly that dam can contribute and give it a name united in diversity.
We have to pave the way in exactly the way we have to find a cure, and the cure is simply titled as united in diversity. That drug is against a disease called tropophobia, and tropophobia means fear of change, we are not ready yet, but to prepare for it and cure that tropophobia, that drug or that therapy is united in diversity.
Finally, I would like to emphasize this: We should all follow the path that leads to unification, ie to be "united in diversity"

Video:

Link: https://civilmedia.mk/video-ramush-muarem-tsirko-site-treba-da-go-sledime-patot-shto-vodi-kon-obedinuvane/

Italy: IRU member Giulia Di Rocco forms Italy's first Roma political party "Mishtipe"

The first National Roma and Sinti Political Party in Italy is formed by three Roma activists, who have been working in the field of human rights for many years and are involved in the fight against discrimination. The Mishtipe party was formed on December 4, 2020 in Lanciano Abruzzo.
"Mishtipe" originates from the Union of Indigenous Italian Roma from 1300 years ago from the tribes of the ancient Abruzzi and Molisani.
The National Party of Roma and Sinti "Mishtipe" is the answer to the solution of the problem that is no longer only cultural and social, but also political, which was missing in Italy. The real news is that the majority of the board is made up of Romani women
Focused activities for equality of men and women. Fight against discrimination and hatred against Roma and Sinti. The president of the "Mishtipen" party is Giulia Di Rocco, a prominent member of the IRU.
Roma activist Virginia Morello is vice president, while Anthony Guarnieri  is secretary general.

Link: http://www.corrierepeligno.it/giulia-di-rocco-presidente-del-primo-partito-politico-rom-e-sinti/26230/?fbclid=IwAR0ALClqNFzgZd5vVJRA9YrYaZ3jGkAGZws1R4M_Y4dRwgvZ_BJISvyOgSk

IRU prepares to celebrate 50th anniversary of IRU (1971-2021), full support from European institutions and MEPs

IRU in its activities in the period that follows high on the agenda is also Celebrating 50 years of existence of IRU in April 2021. Therefore, President Zoran Dimov and his membership intensify contacts and coordination with prominent figures from international institutions such as UN, EU . EP, EC, CoE and others. Among other things, in direct video meetings, as well as through e-mail contacts, the constructions are slowly being defined for a more significant and dignified celebration of this important date. In all those communications and e-mails correspondence by the representatives in all those communications was given full support and at the same time some of them immediately gave the green light for direct participation and address during the celebration of the event Jubilee 50 years of the IRU. In the upcoming period, the activities of the President of the IRU Zoran Dimov and his membership will intensify contacts and communications, as well as the expansion of the IRU Initiative "ROMA FRIENDSHIP GROUP", which by the way is a kind of initial form of cooperation between the IRU and others. national and international institutions, organizations, etc.

USA: IRU with its office in Washington

The International Roma Union - IRU was active with its membership during these Christmas and New Year holidays. Apart from sending congratulations on the eve of the New Year and Christmas holidays, the world's oldest and largest Roma organization also received information from the IRU Delegate from the USA, Rain Bear, that the IRU office in the USA is starting its activities. Due to the pandemic with Covid 19, it will initially be operational online and at the same time the information will be forwarded via the official email of the IRU. The IRU office in the United States is located in Washington, D.C., a few miles from the White House in Central Park. The address is International Romani Union - 712 H Street NE Suite 1643 Washington, DC 20002. This is a real success for the IRU delegates in the United States. In this context, the organization "The Great Conjunction of the Global Indigenous Council - the Great Conjunction the Global Indigenous Council on its Web site gave great importance to the IRU, where it paid great attention and awareness of Roma and IRU as part of the activities of indigenous communities from all over the world from Australia, to India, Europe, USA and Brazil.
In addition to interviews and the importance of all indigenous nations around the world, Roma as well as the IRU were mentioned. You can follow that dedicated attention on this link from the Portal of the Great Conjunction the Global Indigenous Council https://www.globalindigenouscouncil.com/great-conjunction, , where great importance is given to the Roma nation, the IRU and its President Zoran Dimov, and also on their FB profile https://www.facebook.com/globalindigenouscouncil/photos/a.844235622609539/1325287114504385/ - It must also be noted that during the US presidential campaign, the IRU and its delegates openly sided with incumbent President-elect Joe Biden. She made that support and contacts with IRU delegates from the United States through Congresswoman Deb Halland. It is important to note that now US President Joe Biden recently appointed Deb Hollande as Secretary of the Interior after his victory, which is a good opportunity to deepen the cooperation between the IRU and the White House.

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