International Romani Day, also known as International Roma Day, takes place on 8 April every year. It was first declared in 1990.
It is an opportunity for us all to celebrate Romani culture and raise awareness of the issues facing Roma people. International Roma Day also draws attention to discrimination directed at Roma and Gypsy communities globally and is a call for the human rights of all to be respected and observed.
European Roma and Sinti (Gypsies) were targeted for extermination under the Nazi regime and at least 200,000 were killed in concentration camps between 1939 and 1945.
It is impossible to say exactly how many Roma and Sinti were murdered. However, it is estimated that about a quarter of the European population died during the Porrajmos.
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