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Drahomír Radek Horváth

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Drahomír Radek Horváth (photo: Saša Uhlová)
Drahomír Radek Horváth (photo: Saša Uhlová)

Drahomír Radek Horváth: Romani children in the Czech Republic end up in "special schools" but thrive abroad. Why?

3.3.2016 18:45 I would like to permit myself the luxury here of describing something bluntly and straightforwardly, without beating around the bush. More than 30 % of the children being educated according to the program for the "mildly mentally disabled" (lehce mentálně postižené - LMP) in the Czech Republic are Romani.  full story

Drahomír Radek Horváth (photo: Saša Uhlová)

Drahomír Radek Horváth: Criticizing the Pope's reception of Romani people is disgraceful

30.11.2015 4:27 On 26 October 2015 Pope Francis met with several thousand Roma and Sinti. "The aim of this event is to remind Romani people and the entire community that the Church is open to those who live on the outskirts of society," the Vatican communicated ahead of the meeting.  full story

Drahomír Radek Horváth (photo: Saša Uhlová)

Drahomír Radek Horváth: I don't know where to stand on fear of immigrants and Islam

30.7.2015 23:48 I am not a paranoid person and I don't generalize, I judge people by the quality of their character, not their skin color, I tolerate other opinions, religions, sexual orientations, etc. Simply put, as a member of a national minority I have "enjoyed" plenty of generalizations about Roma in my own life.  full story

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Drahomír R. Horváth: Roma in the Czech Republic are a gold mine

11.6.2015 22:47 First of all, I would not be glad if the impression were to be given that in the Czech Republic, Romani people are socially excluded in general, or that our/their integration into society concerns the entire national minority who are citizens here. Many of us Roma are integrated into society, many of us Roma do not feel that society does not include us.  full story

Drahomír Radek Horváth (photo: Saša Uhlová)

Drahomír R. Horváth: Czech Romani Integration Strategy is pure discrimination

19.2.2015 20:37, (ROMEA) From time to time I receive first drafts of Government materials to comment on before they make their way, as bills proposed by the Government, to the lower house. These materials are various concepts, strategies, strategic plans - even strategic "wars".  full story

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Czech Republic: Reward offered for information about assailants in Děčín

Děčín, 8.8.2014 21:51, (ROMEA) Notorious con artist Lukáš Kohout is planning an anti-Romani demonstration in the town of Děčín next week. The pretext for the assembly is an assault perpetrated in front of the Calipso gaming room there, the main aggressor of which is rumored to be Romani.  full story

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Czech Republic: Water cut to yet another building because landlord didn't pay

Děčín, 28.7.2014 19:05, (ROMEA) The owner of yet another piece of real estate in the Czech Republic has not paid the water bill, so the water was shut off to the entire building on Vítězství Street in Děčín on 15 July. Six families are living there, all of them without running water.  full story

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Commentary: Roma meeting with Czech Human Rights Minister was good

Prague, 6.4.2014 1:31, (ROMEA) The recent meeting between Romani people from all regions of the Czech Republic and the Czech Minister for Human Rights, Equal Opportunities and Legislation, Jiří Dienstbier, was a very pleasant surprise. I first intended to write a classic reportage about it, without any personal remarks - brief, to the point, and objective - but I can't rid myself of my personal opinion and particular point of view, so this will be a cross between a blog and a news report.  full story

Drahomír Radek Horváth (photo: Saša Uhlová)

2012 in the Czech Republic: The Romani point of view

Prague, 29.12.2012 22:42, (ROMEA) It's the custom at this time of year to take stock of the failures, possibilities, and successes of the year that has passed. I will, therefore, briefly reflect on the matters that drew my attention this year. There were rather a lot of them, but nothing much that was positive, and that's why in closing I have to dig deep and look closer to hand so as not to succumb to skepticism during this holiday period. I will even talk a bit about my own work.  full story

Drahomír Radek Horváth: The crazy case of Trmice

Trmice, 6.7.2012 18:31, (ROMEA) A very unusual event has taken place in Trmice (Ústí region): A mother's child has been stolen right from a pram. I have many acquaintances and friends in Trmice - work colleagues, a municipal councilor, the head of a nonprofit organization. When I first learned what had happened in the small village, I felt an unpleasant anxiety in my heart, and it was clear to me that my friends in Trmice must be horrified. Most of them have young children, as do I. I immediately went there to talk with local residents, visit my friends, and listen to the eyewitnesses of the incident.  full story

Romani activist: Czech media contributing to a new Hilsner Affair

Prague, 1.7.2012 19:01, (Romano voďi) It's evident that blood sells newspapers - this is why the main television news, even on non-commercial stations, only reports about Romani citizens of the Czech Republic in the context of negative cases and scandals. Understandably, this influences public opinion and it is therefore no surprise that 80 % of the majority-society part of the population does not want a Romani neighbor.  full story

Petition against racial violence in the Czech Republic

Prague, 23.8.2011 20:16, (ROMEA) We, citizens of the Czech Republic, citizens of the Romani minority living on the territory of the Czech Republic, resolutely reject, as individuals, any and all displays of racial and any other form of violence committed by any group or part of the population. Whether this concerns the recent so-called machete attack or the attack in Rumburk from last weekend committed by a group of Romani people against members of the majority population, we resolutely distance ourselves from such crimes and simultaneously ask the Police of the Czech Republic to conduct a very thorough investigation of both cases. We are also calling on the Interior Minister to supervise the course of those investigations and to convene a press conference once the police investigation in Rumburk is completed where the conclusions of that particular investigation will be clearly communicated to the public.  full story

Commentary: Distance yourself from the machete attacks

Děčín, 12.8.2011 23:53, (ROMEA) Bloodshed has been committed in Nový Bor. While following the discussion of this incident, I am aghast at what people have been saying and cannot believe my eyes. First and foremost I am startled by the efforts of some Romani activists and other representatives of the Romani community to minimize the entire incident. Some go so far as to label those who committed the machete attacks as victims, as individuals who were in the right. The guilty parties responsible are said to be the waitress and the guests in the restaurant concerned, who are said to have looked like members of the extreme right (or is it left?).  full story

Šluknov, Czech Republic: Rain gutters stripped from homes near the Roma "ghetto"

Šluknov, 20.6.2011 19:04, (ROMEA) We headed for this small town in the northernmost corner of the republic, set in a picturesque landscape, to find out more details about a tense situation that has developed between the Romani community and the majority population there. Both the regional newspapers and statewide periodicals are buzzing with articles using strong terms such as "militia" (domobrana), "ghetto", or "lynching" (lynčování).  full story

Roma residents of Brno, Czech Republic thank those who stood up to neo-Nazis on 1 May

Brno, 6.5.2011 18:06, (ROMEA) Eliška Bikárová, Marie Richtrová, Eva Malíková and Božena Horváthová all live in the Roma locality through which neo-Nazis wanted to march on 1 May 2011. They have written an open letter of thanks to the public for protesting the march. publishes the letter in full below.  full story

Commentary by Roma activist Drahomír Radek Horváth on the Nový Bydžov demonstrations

Nový Bydžov, 14.3.2011 3:34, (ROMEA) Here is my take on the anabasis in Nový Bydžov. The Autonomous Nationalists and National Resistance, once again, as always, have infiltrated and inseminated the DSSS, and the permitted gathering of a legitimate political subject has therefore become a PR campaign for the domestic neo-Nazi scene. Ordinary people, in a paroxysm of mob insanity, are applauding the slogans "Nothing but the nation", "Gypsy terror", "Bohemia for the Czechs", etc.  full story

Commentary: A visit to the mayor of Nový Bydžov

Nový Bydžov, 27.1.2011 15:30, (ROMEA) When I first heard the statements being made by the mayor of Nový Bydžov about the Roma people in his town, I immediately took up the cause and decided to "scalp" the public servant on my blog. While I was writing, however, I not only cooled off but eventually succumbed to self-censorship. The various perspectives on the situation that poured through my mind immediately began to contradict what I had just written down, and I erased the article.  full story

Commentary: Objective media in the Czech Republic?

Děčín, 12.8.2010 23:50, (ROMEA) Can anyone tell me why criminals’ ethnicities are reported in the Czech media? Ethnicity is listed, as a rule, only in cases when a crime is committed by Roma. I have never read in the Czech media that a “Bohemian” has committed theft, a “Moravian” murder, a “Jew” robbery (forgive me Ahab, Moses, and the rest) or that a “Silesian” has looted. Members of these ethnicities, including those of us who are Roma, are all citizens of the Czech Republic, with valid identification cards and passports.  full story

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