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František Bikár


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A new memorial to Holocaust victims now stands in the park at náměstí 28. října in Brno (photographed here on 17 September 2014). It is a cube of black granite, the edges of which are 3.14 meters long. During the summer months water will flow down its walls. The memorial is based on a design by painter Daniel Václavík. (PHOTO: ČTK, Zehl Igor)
A new memorial to Holocaust victims now stands in the park at náměstí 28. října in Brno (photographed here on 17 September 2014). It is a cube of black granite, the edges of which are 3.14 meters long. During the summer months water will flow down its walls. The memorial is based on a design by painter Daniel Václavík. (PHOTO: ČTK, Zehl Igor)

videoCzech Republic: Mayor of Brno joins march against denial of the Holocaust of the Roma

16.2.2018 8:04 Romani residents of Brno organized a march against denial of the Holocaust of the Roma on Thursday, 15 February calling for the memory of Romani victims to be honored. The main reason for the initiative is to take a stand against remarks by representatives of the "Freedom and Direct Democracy" party (SPD) about the concentration camp at Lety.  full story

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Slovak President Kiska discusses Romani settlements and Interior Ministry's plans for repression

31.1.2018 6:53 Slovak President Andrej Kiska organized a public panel discussion on the subject of including Romani people into society on Thursday, 26 January at the Evangelical College in Prešov that aimed to point out that verified solutions exist to some of the most essential problems in this area. The discussion also aimed to describe the genesis of the current state of affairs in connection with the planned repressive measures to be undertaken by police.  full story

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Czech MP marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day by doubting what happened at Romani genocide site

30.1.2018 7:08 The Czech Museum of Romani Culture is asking that Czech MP Tomio Okamura, a vice-chair of the lower house, publicly apologize for his remark about the WWII-era concentration camp for Romani people at Lety u Písku. In an interview for the online DVTV television channel on Saturday, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Okamura referenced a book that he alleged has described the camp as having not been fenced and people being free to come and go from it.  full story

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New Zealand grants asylum to family from Czech Republic with non-Romani and Romani members because of neo-Nazi death threats

29.1.2018 18:24 Radio New Zealand reported today that a woman and her three sons have been awarded political asylum in New Zealand because they faced death threats from neo-Nazis in their home country of the Czech Republic. The father of two of the boys is Romani, their adopted brother is also Romani, and according to their mother, who is not Romani, her children have faced, among other things, discrimination in education because of their ethnicity.  full story

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Czech city chooses streets where housing benefits are now banned for new tenants

1.12.2017 7:50 According to an amendment to the law on aid to those in material distress, municipalities are now able to define zones where housing benefits should not be awarded to residents. One of the many towns anticipating that it can use this option to halt an influx of impoverished families is Ústí nad Labem.  full story

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Romani residents of Czech town, evicted during reconstruction, cannot find landlords to rent to them

24.11.2017 14:56 By the end of March 2018 the town of Děčín will have evicted all of the tenants residing in a building that was once a primary school. Despite the fact that the condominium apartment units are municipally-owned, the tenants are being forced to leave without being offered any replacement accommodation.  full story

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video"Europe: Which Children Matter?" Discussion in Ostrava on 17 November about Roma segregation in education

18.11.2017 11:35 On 17 November at the PANT studio in Ostrava the documentary film "Europe: Which Children Matter?" was screened, followed by a discussion with human rights activist Gwendolyn Albert, activist and researcher Lucie Fremlová, director Jenne Magno, activist Edita Stejskalová, and Ostrava residents involved with the production of the film about Romani children's access to mainstream schools. News server Romea.cz broadcast the discussion live and the recording of it is above.

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Czech court holds trial of man who threatened Romani children with gunfire at summer camp

1.11.2017 12:56 Last week the District Court in Děčín opened the trial of the shooting and vulgar verbal assault committed against children participating in the Čhavorenge children's choir ensemble, directed by Ida Kelarová, in the Děčín area in August 2016. The trial was scheduled after the defendant, Martin Kout, objected to a court order finding him guilty of rioting.  full story

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videoCzech historian from Museum of Romani Culture: Let's discuss what comes after the pig farm is removed from the Roma genocide site

23.7.2017 11:02 If the land on which the pig farm built on the site of a former WWII-era concentration camp for Romani people at Lety is actually bought by the Czech state from the AGPI firm, the Museum of Romani Culture wants to be part of the larger discussion as to what happens next. Dušan Slačka, a historian at the museum, has said so in an interview with news server Romea.cz (shown above with English subtitles - turn them on by clicking the gear icon and choosing "Nastaveni", then "Angličtina").  full story

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videoČeněk Růžička: Pig farm was privatized for CZK 3.5 million, now it's worth hundreds of millions more?

19.7.2017 8:04 According to the chair of the Committee for the Redress of the Roma Holocaust (Výbor pro odškodnění romského holokaustu - VPORH), Čeněk Růžička, it is very good that archeological research has taken place at the site of the former concentration camp for Romani people at Lety u Písku. In an interview for Romea.cz, Růžička said he assumes people will now finally stop doubting whether the camp existed and that its exact position will be determined.  full story

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Romani fashion designer wins one million Czech crowns, will launch brand

3.7.2017 7:39 Romani fashion designer Pavel Berky has won the competition on the Czech designer reality show "The Way". The main prize of the contest, which ran over the course of the last few months each Saturday on the cable television channel TV Óčko, is one million crowns [EUR 38 000] and the opportunity to develop a fashion brand.

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videoTimea Junghaus for Romea.cz: Romani artists have the potential to create an innovative Romani identity

28.6.2017 10:30 At the beginning of June the grand opening of the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) was held in Berlin. News server Romea.cz broadcast the press conference live and filmed this brief interview with its Executive Director, the historian Timea Junghaus, who has aided with the creation of the institute, among other matters.  full story

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videoDirector of the Institute of the Terezín Initiative says story of Czechoslovak Romani partisan could raise awareness of Roma Holocaust

21.6.2017 6:57 Last month a two-day international conference about Romani victims of the Holocaust was held in Prague by the Institute of the Terezín Initiative and the Antikomplex association in collaboration with the ROMEA organization and other partners. Experts on documenting Holocaust victims and on modern history in Central Europe discussed the current state of research in the area of the Roma Holocaust and their experiences with documenting Holocaust victims generally.  full story

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Bulgaria: Chair of the Council on Ethnic Minority Integration is now right-wing extremist Valeri Simeonov

28.5.2017 11:05 Agence France-Presse reports that the chair of the ultra-right "National Party for the Salvation of Bulgaria", Valeri Simeonov, was appointed head of the country's Council on Ethnic MInority Integration on 26 May, which is in charge of relations with the Romani and Turkish minorities there. The party is a member of an alliance of nationalist parties called "United Patriots" which, together with the "Citizens for the European Development of Bulgaria" party (GERB), which won the elections in March there, is forming a new governing coalition.  full story

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videoEuropean Grassroots Antiracist Movement postpones involvement by internationals in Lety commemoration

4.5.2017 12:23 Romani people from all over Europe who were planning to attend the commemorative ceremony on 13 May at Lety u Písku to honor the memory of the Romani victims of the
Holocaust are reportedly postponing their visit until 24 June. The announcement of the Czech Government that it plans to resign is the reason given for the decision by Benjamin Abtan, head of the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement (EGAM), who originally planned to bring MEPs and MPs to the annual ceremony on 13 May.  full story

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video VIDEO: How did Romani people live in the Czech lands before they were sent to concentration camps? Exhibition "A Vanished World" in Prague shows how

3.5.2017 16:35 The travelling exhibition "A Vanished World" (Zaniklý svět), about the indigenous Czech Roma and Sinti people during the interwar period, has been prepared by the Committee for the Redress of the Roma Holocaust (Výbor pro odškodnění romského holocaustu - VPORH) and will be on display in Prague between now and October. Through rare archival materials and photographs from that era, the exhibition presents the lives of Roma and Sinti people in the Czech lands prior to their imprisonment in the Nazi concentration camps.  full story

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videoGabriela Hrabaňová: We need to discuss Romani integration with MEPs to promote our approaches at EU level

28.4.2017 10:33 At the close of March and start of April, on the occasion of International Romani Day, the second-ever EU Roma Week took place at the European Parliament in Brussels. Approximately 200 representatives of civil society and public institutions attended a series of events dedicated to the integration of Romani people in Europe.
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Czech Deputy Human Rights Minister's priorities to include civic education, giving human rights a "human face"

19.4.2017 7:29 David Beňák has recently been appointed Czech Deputy Minister for Human Rights and Legislation. News server Romea.cz asked him to make a statement about what he anticipates to achieve in this new post and what his expectations and priorities are.  full story

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Park in Czech Republic's second-largest city could be named after Romani musician

18.4.2017 9:42 News server iDNES reports that Romani residents of Brno, Czech Republic are striving to have Hvězdička Park named after Romani musician Eugen Horváth. The request was filed by local assembly member Miroslav Zima, who is also the director of the DROM Romani Center in Brno.  full story

The results of the 2016 Romano suno Romanes-language Literary Competition for children run by Nová škola, o. p. s. and the L iterary Contest for Romani Students run by ROMEA, o.p.s. were announced in the presence of a representative of the Office of the Czech Government, Martin Martínek. (PHOTO:  Nová škola, o. p. s.)

Czech Republic: Romanes-language literary contest celebrates its 20th year

18.4.2017 9:12 The Nová škola NGO has announced its jubilee 20th annual literary competition, Romano suno, which gives young Romani authors the opportunity to descibe how they see the world around them and be appreciated for their knowledge of Romanes, a language that is not ordinarily spoken in public. The majority society also has an opportunity to learn more about the world of Romani children and to increase their own awareness of Romanes as a full-fledged language.  full story

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