Comité International Tzigane

Comité International Tzigane
   (CIT; International Gypsy Committee)
   France. Est. 1965. President: Vanko Rouda. This committee sought to overcome religious and clan differences within the Romany community to create a united body. Muslim, Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant all worked together. The CIT formed several branches in other countries and adopted non-Gypsy strategies, such as demonstrations, to gain publicity for its aims. These aims included preserving Gypsy culture and language and promoting the right of Gypsies to nomadize. It launched the first World Romany Congress, held near London in 1971. The CIT later changed its name to Comité International Rom (CIR). The CIR's international role was gradually taken over by the International Romani Union. The CIR continues to operate on a small scale in Paris.

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