THE ROMA – FROM 'EXTRA' TO 'ORDINARY' travels to United Nations Geneva

12th Sep 14 - 19th Sep 14

1:00 pm

United Nations, Palace of Nations, Hall des Pas Perdus, Avenue de la Paix 14, 1211 Genève 10, Switzerland


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The Romanian Cultural Centre in London (RCC)/ Ratiu Family Foundation (RFF) are pleased to announce the collaboration with the EU Delegation and the US Mission to the United Nations in Geneva for the photo exhibition The Roma – from ‘extra’ to ‘ordinary’. The photographs will be displayed in the Hall des Pas Perdus, UN Palace of Nations starting with 12 September 2014 (1:00 pm) as a parallel event to the 27th Human Rights Council at the United Nations Geneva.
The Roma – from ‘extra’ to ‘ordinary’ is a Roundtable Project curated by Violeta Vajda and organised in collaboration with the Roma Support Group in London. The series of events contrasts Romani history with the reality of everyday Romani life and aims to highlight both anti-Roma prejudice and the ordinariness of Roma people’s reality and activism, hoping to bring a new dimension to the debate surrounding the Roma from Eastern Europe. Roma – from ‘extra’ to ‘ordinary’ does not cover up the history of oppression that has resulted in negative and distorted images of Roma people in the media, both in the UK and in Eastern Europe. At the same time it seeks to show how Romani lives are not so different from those of everyone else, with a focus on the banal and everyday, rather than the sensational.
Photographers: Artur Conka, Ciara Leeming, Claude Savona and András Jókúti
For more details about The Roma – from ‘extra’ to ‘ordinary’, please click HERE.
Nicu Dumitru at the 27th UN Geneva HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
As a parallel debate for 27th UN Human Rights Council, a special panel will meet in Geneva on 12 September 2014 to discuss how states are implementing comprehensive national strategies and policies on the integration of persons belonging to Roma communities, aiming at achieving the realization of all civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights of Roma persons. The panel will look at remaining challenges worldwide, in particular the inclusion of Roma persons in all spheres of society. It will also give an opportunity to share experiences of effective strategies and policies to advance rights of Roma persons.

Among the guests is Nicu Dumitru, human rights activist and Member of the advisory panel of The Roma – from 'extra' to 'ordinary'. In 2010 he was involved in a major project on social economy, which aimed to economically empower the Roma craftsmen communities by using a cooperative based social economy concept that turned out to be a great success. The project was awarded by Jose Manuel Barroso at the European Social Innovation Competition. Currently, Nicu is running a project funded by the EU - Terre des hommes, designed to prevent child trafficking by involving public notaries in this process. 


Mariangela Zappia, Head of the EU Delegation to the UN in Geneva
Keith Harper, US Ambassador to the Human Rights Council
Flavia Pansieri, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights
Rita Izsák, UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues
Mabera Kamberi, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Labour and Social
Policy, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (tbc)
Andrey Ivanov, Head of Sector Roma and Migrant Integration, Fundamental Rights Agency
Nicu Dumitru, Roma human rights defender/Member of the advisory panel of The Roma – from 'extra' to 'ordinary'
Mark Lattimer, Executive Director, Minority Rights Group
The debate will be followed by the opening of the photo exhibition The Roma –
from ‘extra’ to ‘ordinary’ at 1:00 pm. Event organised in cooperation with the Romanian Cultural Centre in London (RCC)/ Ratiu Family Foundation (RFF).
Refreshments will be served at the exhibition opening, Hall des Pas Perdus, at 1p.m.