International Roma Day

Press Statement by Michael R. Pompeo,  Secretary of State

Washington, DC
April 5, 2019

On behalf of the Government of the United States, it is my great pleasure to congratulate the Romani people on the occasion of International Roma Day.

On this day, we recognize the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the Romani people and their contributions to the dozens of countries around the world in which they live, including the United States. Unfortunately, many Roma continue to face discrimination, segregation, and marginalization in their daily lives. We call on all governments to take steps to combat intolerance against the Roma and other marginalized groups and enable their full participation in civic and economic life, as doing so promotes stability and democracy.

The United States reaffirms our commitment to work for dignity and equality for all Roma people worldwide.