It is “our duty” to create laws combatting the discrimination of the Roma and other minorities, and take a stand against racially motivated crime, Fidesz MEP Lívia Járóka said in a statement late on Thursday, ahead of the European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day on August 2. Járóka, who is also vice-president of the European Parliament, said the EU and national authorities ensuring equal treatment for minorities should be strengthened, and EU funding should be channelled into evening out historical differences. She has initiated a multiparty working group to promote the plan.
August 2 was named international day of the Roma Holocaust in 1972. Over 3,000 Roma prisoners killed that night in Auschwitz in 1944 are commemorated on that day. About 500,000 Roma are estimated to have been killed in Nazi camps, 23,000 of them in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Friday will mark the 75th anniversary of that date.