|The Third session of the IRU Parliament in Skopje (Macedonia)|
31.01.2002 / The
third session of the Parliament of IRU ended in Skopje.
Officials of the IRU Parliament, Mr. Emil Shcuka the President of
IRU, Mr.Stahiro Stankievic the Vice President, Mr. Paolo
Pijetrosanti the Commissar for external policy and, Mr. Hristo
Kucukov the Secretary General reported on the two day work of the
parliament. They informed those present at the conference and
pointed out that a Resolution for protection and promotion of Roma
rights in Macedonia has been issued. They were also in support of
the commissar for external affairs Mr. Paolo Pietrosanti's and his
platform to declare the Roma people as transnational nation.
Resolution of the International Romani Union parliament issued in Skopje, january 19th 2002
Concerning a thorough investigation by the IRU Presidium of
the politically and socially endangered situation of Roma in
Macedonia, the IRU Parliament
urges the Macedonian Government to
1. Implement the agreement signed in Ohrid also with
respect to the Romani population. Up to now the Government has
undertaken few actions to improve the situation of Roma.
2. Install an official working group to oversee the
implementation of the agreement,
3. Improve the law for self-government of the Romani
4. Accept a member of the Romani community in the
5. Accept a delegation of IRU to observe situation of
6. Increase significantly financial assistance to the
community of Shuto Orizari.
The IRU Parliament calls upon International Organizations
1. To improve the situation of the Romani Refugees in
the Suto Orizari camp significantly. To date, the situation of the
school is desperate; the pupils are in need of materials such as
exercise books and other school supplies, as well as free meals.
Young people should be encouraged to collect paper and empty
bottles from the garbage around the camp, to be recycled and they
should be paid for these activities. Health standards in the camp
should be improved significantly. The IRU would appreciate
information about the budget of the UNHCR for the camp.
2. Refuges who are unable to return to their communities
of origin should be accepted by western countries able to provide
support for them.
3. An IRU representative should be accepted as an
observer in the Stability Pact and the new head of the Stability
Pact Dr. Erhard Busek is urged to give priority to the situation
of Kosovo Romani refugees in Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro.
4. The OSCE is asked to finance action to encourage
Romani voter participation in Macedonia as to date, Roma have been
underrepresented in the Macedonian Parliament.
5. The International Organizations are urged to
cooperate with the local Roma NGOs
The International Romani Union itself plans to
1. Organize a voter drive in Macedonia and
2. Organize a peace conference for the Kosovo Roma in
due time, after thorough examination of the situation of Roma in
Kosovo, with hopefully financial help from various international
the Parliament of the International Romani Union Sitting in Skopje
on 18th to 20th January 2002
Addresses its wishes to the Spanish Presidency of the European
Union. Being Spain the member State in the Union with the hugest
presence of Roma individuals, and addresses the warmest wishes to
the Convention chaired by President Valery Giscard d'Estaing
charget to reform the institutional assets of the Union toward its
enlargement; - declares these wishes to be deeply connected tothe
will for the implementation of the decisions taken in the 5.
Congress of the International Romani Union held in Prague in July