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October 22, 2021



Martin Šimáček

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Martin Šimáček, former director of the Czech Government Agency for Social Inclusion. (PHOTO: Lukáš Houdek)
Martin Šimáček, former director of the Czech Government Agency for Social Inclusion. (PHOTO: Lukáš Houdek)

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Commentary on shooting of Romani man in Chomutov: How many more murder victims before the state learns how to respond?

1.6.2017 10:52 A young Romani man was murdered during the early morning hours of Saturday on Jirkovská Street in Chomutov, Czech Republic. A non-Romani man shot him dead with a
legally licensed weapon, bringing to an end an argument taking place in front of the apartment building where he had been sleeping.
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Commentary: Informing on the "Gypsies"

13.10.2016 10:38 On 11 October, František Ryba, chair of the Krušnohor Apartment Construction Cooperative, sent a message to the inhabitants of the town of Most through a spokesperson that they should begin informing the authorities about "Gypsies and inadaptables" if such people are bothering them as their neighbors. Ryba has traditionally always been harsh in his public statements - he does not pull his punches, insults people, and is not afraid to make racist attacks on Romani people.  full story

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Analysis: The Czech town of Varnsdorf is cursed by its populists

15.9.2016 12:23 Czech Vice Prime Minister Babiš has concentrated public attention once again on the northern Bohemian town of Varnsdorf, which was the scene of pogrom-like marches on Romani-occupied residential hotels in 2011. This year Babiš has become the king of the Varnsdorf populists, freely continuing the legacy, for example, of Czech MP Ivana Řápková and of local neo-Nazis.  full story

Commentary: What the Czech media won't print about Romani people (or what Právo refused to publish)

Prague, 27.4.2012 20:12, (ROMEA) The following commentary by the director of the Czech Government Agency for Social Inclusion in Romani Localities, Martin Šimáček, was originally meant to be published by the daily Právo. In this piece, Šimáček responds to an article authored by an editor at the paper, Jindřich Ginter, entitled "Even wealthy Romani families abuse welfare" (Sociální dávky zneužívají i majetné romské rodiny, available in Czech only at Even though representatives of the Editor-in-Chief of Právo asked Šimáček to write this commentary after receiving critical responses to Ginter's article, the daily refused to publish it after two weeks of communication back and forth. News server is therefore publishing it here in full translation:  full story

Czech Govt Agency for Social Inclusion in Roma Localities director on defenders of "special" schools

Prague, 18.11.2011 17:12, (ROMEA) The following commentary was published on 11 November 2011 in the Czech daily Lidové noviny.  full story

Commentary: The Mayor of Uhelná, Czech Republic, is lying

Prague, 10.6.2011 12:38, (ROMEA) The director of the Czech Government Agency for Social Inclusion, Martin Šimáček, has sharply objected to statements made by Ludvík Juřík, Mayor of Uhelná, which were published by news server in the context of its reporting on a dispute over the creation of a social counseling center there. News server publishes his reaction below in full:  full story

Commentary: "Inadaptable" Nový Bydžov

Prague, 17.2.2011 15:26, (Czech Government Agency for Social Inclusion in Roma Localities) Mayor Louda is doing everything he can to convince the public that the town of Nový Bydžov has an unsolvable problem with Roma people. However, only some of the 150 people who have moved to the town during the past two years are behind the problems happening in the public arena, which have primarily been petty crimes committed by youth.  full story

Commentary: Collections agencies may be in fashion, but they solve nothing

Prague, 17.1.2011 17:24, ( The Czech Labor and Social Affairs Ministry is reducing the rate at which welfare benefits are to be disbursed from 18 times a year to three and the number of locations at every Labor Office that these payments can be disbursed from three to one. As far as it goes, this is good news for the efficiency and simplification of a complicated system. However, what is not good is the current proposal to facilitate collections of social welfare benefits to cover debt (or to be precise, the collection of whatever portion exceeds an amount equivalent to double the minimum living standard).  full story

Commentary: Head of Czech Roma inclusion agency says Nový Bydžov needs integration

Prague, 8.12.2010 16:52, (ROMEA) Serious fault lines are forming in the co-existence between the Roma community and the majority society in the town of Nový Bydžov. For many long years, Mayor Louda has been doing his best to constructively address them. At a recent moment of tension, he exploded, and instead of giving a more substantive response, he decided to stir up emotions. Perhaps this was because restraining his emotions, as he has done in the past, never got him the support he needs.  full story

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