Countering Distortion of the Genocide of the Roma in Southeastern Europe – A Key Element for Developing Anti-Racism Strategies and Anti-Discrimination Policies and Practices

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Auschwitz Institute for Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities
Project Partner
François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University (Harvard FXB) (USA)

This comprehensive research project will map common patterns of distortion of the Roma genocide in 11 countries in Southeastern Europe. The analysis will examine legal frameworks, public discourses (media/social media), memorialization practices and educational initiatives. The Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities will work with its partner to identify common patterns in these countries regarding the distortion of the history of the Roma genocide, explore how (and if) distortion and the State’s response could have contributed to increased incidences of anti-Roma violence, and develop measures to counteract distortion and prevent racial discrimination and the escalation of violence. The research will result in a final report that will be distributed online and among key government agencies and departments in the targeted countries.  

Beneficiary countries
Bosnia & Herzegovina
North Macedonia