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September 18, 2021



Jarmila Balážová

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Czech Government Human Rights Commissioner: "The situation is serious"

Prague, 10.7.2012 20:11, (Romano vod'i) Monika Šimůnková is the Czech Government Human Rights Commissioner. Right at the start of her appointment, she was handicapped by the fact that Czech Prime Minister Petr Nečas had taken several months to find a replacement for the previous Commissioner, Michael Kocáb. The nonprofit sector and some professionals were very circumspect in their response to her appointment. She was cautious too, long refusing to give interviews or make statements on matters, until even some journalists began to consider her a “puppet”. In recent months her activity has significantly intensified – or perhaps it is just more visible now, who knows? In any event, she was the only bureaucrat or political figure who considered it important to make a public statement about the case in which it was revealed that a boy from Břeclav had told lies that misled the entire nation for several weeks, harming the reputation of the Romani community as a result. The powers of the Human Rights Commissioner are significantly restricted, and each statement she makes must be in line with the Office of the Government’s media strategy and undergo a kind of “approval” process.  full story

Jarmila Balážová: Havel will always be a symbol of freedom for me!

Prague, 19.12.2011 15:41, (ROMEA) I learned of the death of Václav Havel yesterday from my younger sister, who called from Brno. "Look online," she said, "Havel has passed away."  full story

Commentary: The warning of Nový Bor and Rumburk

Prague, 24.8.2011 0:12, (Jarmila Balážová) The attacks recently committed by Romani individuals in Nový Bor and then Rumburk are revealing several realities to us all which unfortunately were suspected long ago. Not only were these facts anticipated, but many experts, both non-Roma and Roma, have been trying to draw attention to them for a long time.  full story

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