About Us

The International Roma Union (IRU) was constituted in 1971 at the first World Roma Congress held in London. Over time the International Roma had the following presidents:

  • Ion Ţibulac,
  • Saita Balica,
  • Rajko Djuric,
  • Victor Famulson,
  • Emil Ščuka,
  • Stanislaw Stankiewicz,
  • Florin Cioaba,
  • Dorin Cioaba

The declared objective of the Organization is to represent all Roma policy in the world (Roma, Sinti, lovara, kederara, xoraxane, romunge, etc.) and act for the best interests of the Roma nation. Organization also aims to promote cultural traditions, customs and language of the Roma, and at the same time to cooperate with the authorities to solve the social, economic and cultural problems of the Roma in each of the countries they live increases.


International Roma organization monitors the respectation of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction of race, sex, language or religion. Member States of the International Romani Union are: Albania, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Kosovo, Latvia , Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, and Ukraine.

Any Roma organization in member countries can acquire membership of the IRU. IRU Congress is composed of delegates from member organizations and individual members. The function of IRU is exercised by the following bodies: Congress, Parliament, the Presidium of the Court of Justice. The Congress approves the program and long-term vision of the IRU. IRU is making recommendations to support the participation of Roma in individual countries in political, economic, social affairs, culture, education and human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, regardless of race, sex, language or religion. Parliament deals with reports on the situation of the Roma population in each country during its sessions. In the autumn session of Parliament the members have to discuss and approve the budget for the following year. Parliament defines domestic and international politics of the IRU. The Presidium is the executive body of the IRU and shall function through committees covering the following topics: foreign policy, social affairs and economic, cultural and educational affairs, human rights affairs, financial and budgetary, legal matters and legislative issues in America, Asia and Australia. Presidium may develop international business studies and reports about them in the economic, social, and educational fields.