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Martin Šimáček


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Martin Šimáček being interviewed by Daniela Drtinová for the online television channel DVTV run by news server Aktuálně.cz.
Martin Šimáček being interviewed by Daniela Drtinová for the online television channel DVTV run by news server Aktuálně.cz.

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

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Analysis: Czech tabloid launches campaign against inclusive education

20.3.2016 18:30 The Czech tabloid Blesk launched a campaign against inclusive education several weeks ago. It began by spending a week depicting inclusive education to its readers by way of clichés, lies and myths about the destruction of the Czech school system.  full story

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Commentary: Who is the real expert here?

7.4.2015 1:57 In an article published 27 March by the Česká škola (Czech School) website, Jiří Pilař endeavors to interpret the recently-adopted amendment to the Schools Act. Actually he does not present any arguments in his piece, but simply practices division and spite, first creating and then shoring up an antagonism between "activists" and "experts", both "groups" of his own making.  full story

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Commentary: Multiculturalism has succeeded and is our greatest chance for peaceful coexistence

Prague, 14.1.2015 20:33, (ROMEA) Multiculturalism has succeeded and continues to be our greatest chance for peaceful coexistence, not only in the Euro-Atlantic world, but for the whole planet. Never before has the civilized world, led by intellectual elites of all faiths, been so united in condemning radical Islamists.
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Commentary: Mayors and racism in the Czech Republic

Prague, 9.10.2014 0:28, (ROMEA) The "inadaptables" are once again scoring points in the runup to the local elections. Just as they did four and also eight years ago, many local politicians are competing to see who can promise a more aggressive intervention against the "inadaptables", subliminally understood to mean homeless people, migrants, Romani people and anyone else not favored by society (for various, often irrational reasons).  full story

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Czech Agency for Social Inclusion director responds to Deputy Ombud's critique

Brno/Prague, 1.10.2014 17:25, (ROMEA) Czech Deputy Ombud Stanislav Křeček has written a critique of the activity of the Czech Government Agency for Social Inclusion in the town of Duchcov for the daily Lidové noviny (Agentura, která nepomůže, LN 25. 9.) I would welcome it if next time he would spend more time studying our work, as it is evident from his article that he knows almost nothing about it or the situation in Duchcov.  full story

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Analysis: "Where is my home?" Not in the Czech Republic!

Prague, 22.7.2014 20:34, (ROMEA) Last Thursday and Friday in the city of Prague the National Meeting of People in Need of Housing took place. Homeless, impoverished people, whose opinions are usually ignored by most, developed interesting proposals during two days of concentrated work, proposals which, not surprisingly, could be used as a basis for addressing the problem of social housing here.  full story

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Martin Šimáček: Czech Govt Agency for Social Inclusion has not and will not meet with ultra-right party

Prague, 2.4.2013 23:01, (ROMEA) In response to the press release from the Konexe civic association of 30 March 2013 (http://www.romea.cz/en/news/czech/czech-ngo-town-of-krupka-discussing-romani-integration-with-ultra-right-party-not-with-romani-residents) I would like to state that the Czech Government Agency for Social Inclusion has never met with representatives of the Workers' Social Justice Party (Dělnická strana sociální spravedlnost), is not meeting with them and will not meet with them in future. The main reasons are the following:  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 http://www.novinky.cz/finance/264171-socialni-davky-zneuzivaji-i-majetne-romske-rodiny.html). 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 Romea.cz 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 iDNES.cz in the context of its reporting on a dispute over the creation of a social counseling center there. News server Romea.cz 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, (http://blog.aktualne.centrum.cz) 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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