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Czech court rules on arson attack against Romani family in Býchory

Prague, 27.9.2012 6:14, (ROMEA) The four young men responsible for last year's attack on a Romani family from Býchory (Kolín district) have received various sentences from the Regional Court in Prague. The harshest punishment was handed down against Vojtěch Vyhnánek, who threw a lit torch through the window of the family's home. The court sentenced him to four years without parole for racially motivated attempted grievous bodily harm. At the time of the attack there were five adults and four children in the home.  full story

Czech anarchist, advocate of Romani people's rights, has passed away

Prague, 26.9.2012 15:48, (ROMEA) Political scientist Ondřej Slačálek has informed the Czech Press Agency that the famous Czech anarchist and defender of the rights of Romani people, Jakub Polák, passed away yesterday. The activist succumbed to cancer just after turning 60. In the months before his death he was engaged in the case of the evictions of people living in the buildings on Přednádraží street in Ostrava-Přívoz.  full story

Czech TV station rejects criticism of its portrayal of Romani people

Prague, 8.9.2012 19:54, (ROMEA) Last Tuesday, the Czech Council for Radio and Television Broadcasting (Rada pro rozhlasové a televizní vysílání - RRTV) criticized private television station TV NOVA for broadcasting what it found to have been prejudicial and tendentious news reporting on the Romani minority in the context of crime. According to the RRTV, the station has violated several regulations of Law No. 231/2001 Coll. which ban the inclusion of programs that confirm stereotypical prejudices concerning ethnic or racial minorities and establish the obligation to determine whether the broadcasting of such programs incites hatred on the basis of skin color or membership in an ethnic or national minority.  full story

Analysis: Slovak opposition politicians tour Romani settlements

Prague, 13.8.2012 21:21, (ROMEA) The 800 Romani settlements in Slovakia are too numerous to ignore, as are the living conditions of the considerable proportion of Romani people in them. There is no doubt their conditions are notably worse than those of local non-Romani populations. Opposition politicians from the Hnutí Obyčajní ľudia (Ordinary People Movement), together with independent MPs Alojz Hlina and Igor Matovič, launched what they called a "Tour de Roma" in mid-July. Hlina and Matovič's dissatisfaction with the direction of the social climate toward Romani people in Slovakia and the current government's laxity toward the situation got them out of their parliamentary offices to spend five days among the people directly affected by this unsatisfactory state of affairs.  full story

Czech Republic: Romani tenants have one day to move out

Ostrava, 3.8.2012 18:15, (ROMEA) The families living in 10 apartment buildings on Přednádraží street were told at 10 AM today that they must vacate their residences by midnight tomorrow (Saturday). If they do not do so, police will intervene. The reason is the poor state of the buildings, which were inspected yesterday by the building works authority.  full story

Czech Police reveal yet another false allegation of an attack by Romani people

Tanvald, 27.7.2012 19:12, (ROMEA) Detectives in Tanvald have determined that an alleged assault on a 15-year-old girl who supposedly was mugged by three Romani men there actually never happened. The girl has admitted to making up the story. Czech Police spokesperson Ludmila Knopová informed the Czech Press Agency today that the case has been shelved.  full story

Czech Republic: Another homeless man attacked in Olomouc

Olomouc, 30.6.2012 20:40, (ROMEA) On 28 June, just after 4 AM, an injured and naked homeless man was found at the entrance to a sports complex in Olomouc on 17 November Street. Municipal Police spokesperson Magda Václavíková announced the discovery yesterday.  full story

Czech Helsinki Committee: Human rights deteriorated in the Czech Republic last year

Prague, 29.6.2012 19:17, (ROMEA) A report published today by the Czech Helsinki Committee (ČHV) has found a deteriorating tendency in the area of human rights last year in the Czech Republic. The Government's budget cuts have negatively affected children, people living with disabilities, senior citizens, single-parent households, and the unemployed. The inclusion of Romani children into mainstream schools was halted and hatred of Romani people rose. Invective against sexual minorities also rose. Prison overcrowding is increasing.  full story

Czech Republic: Mayors in Šluknov area initiating demonstrations against crime

Šluknov (Děčín district), 29.6.2012 18:41, (ROMEA) People living in the Šluknov foothills will be taking to the streets to protest unaddressed crime. The last such demonstration in the region was six months ago.  full story

Czech Republic: "Ghettofest" street festival to show the real face of the "ghetto"

Brno, 30.4.2012 20:03, (ROMEA) A new festival called "Ghettofest" will open on 2 June in the neighborhood of Brno around Bratislavská street, which is mainly inhabited by Romani people and the socially vulnerable. The festival will provide a different view of these places, which are usually connected with many stereotypes. The aim of the event is to open up the "ghetto", a concept laden with prejudice, to other residents of Brno and draw attention to it, festival organizers told journalists today.  full story

AEDH: Europe-wide discrimination against Romani people is rooted in history

Brno, 30.4.2012 19:18, (ROMEA) Representatives of the European Association for the Defense of Human Rights (Association Européenne pour la défense des Droits de l’Homme - AEDH) believe that discrimination and violence against Romani people are prevalent across all the countries of Europe. Tensions are rising in relation to the economic crisis, which is causing a decline in tolerance. Members of the AEDH met this past weekend in Brno with representatives of the Czech Helsinki Committee (Český helsinský výbor - ČHV).  full story

Czech Republic: Hate is No Solution will defend Romani neighborhood this Sunday and into June

Břeclav, 21.4.2012 1:34, (ROMEA) This Sunday will probably see only two assemblies in the Czech town of Břeclav. Representatives of the initiative calling itself a "March for Little Peter and Our Security" have joined with the Workers' Youth (Dělnická mládež - DM) and will meet up at a single event. Another event has been announced by the Hate is No Solution initiative (iniciativa Nenávist není řešení). The organization has announced it will be convening it starting this coming Sunday and lasting until 22 June on the streets where Romani people live in order to prevent ultra-right extremists from accessing the neighborhood.  full story

Czech Republic: Local Romani residents of Břeclav help authorities look for perpetrators of recent assault

Břeclav, 20.4.2012 23:14, (ROMEA) After the recent assault in Břeclav during which a 15-year-old boy was seriously injured, Czech Police are doing their best to apprehend what they suspect were three assailants. Local Romani residents of the town would also like an answer to the question of who was behind the attack. Entrepreneur Josef Polák, who knows the Romani community in Břeclav well, is collaborating with police on the investigation.  full story

Hammarberg report stresses importance of media, including efforts of

Brussels/Prague, 28.2.2012 18:39, (ROMEA) The role of the media in creating public opinion has been mentioned in "Human Rights of Roma and Travellers in Europe", a report presented yesterday in Brussels by the Council of Europe's Human Rights Commissioner, Thomas Hammarberg. In addition to issues such as school segregation, the report also mentions the mass media, which often does not fulfill its role responsibly when reporting on the Romani minority. The report also includes examples of media outlets which do, explicitly mentioning news server  full story

Czech Republic: Romani man suspected of Nový Bor assault turns himself in to clear his name

Nový Bor, 17.2.2012 18:07, (ROMEA) A man who is suspected of being one of the five perpetrators of last August's attack on customers at a bar in Nový Bor turned himself in to police yesterday. Klára Samková, the attorney defending the suspected assailants, told Mediafax of her client's actions. Some Czech media outlets, such as the main Czech-language wire service (Czech Press Agency), news server Aktuálně.cz, and others are running headlines claiming police apprehended the man.  full story

Strasbourg Court tells Czech Republic to pay compensation for death of Romani man at police station

Strasbourg, 16.2.2012 17:49, (ROMEA) The European Court for Human Rights (ECtHR) decided today that Czech authorities did not sufficiently investigate the circumstances under which 23-year-old Vladimír Pecha died at a police station in Brno in June 2002. The court ruled that many procedural errors had been committed and that the death of the young man, who weighed only 58 kg, would not have occurred had police officers not led him past windows without bars and had they had kept better watch over him. The judgment is available here:  full story

German neo-Nazis who murdered migrants had as many as 20 helpers

Berlin, 22.11.2011 18:16, (ROMEA) German news magazines Der Spiegel and Focus are reporting that German counter-intelligence services have information showing that the trio of neo-Nazis who committed at least 10 murders, predominantly of immigrants, throughout Germany between 2000 and 2007 had as many as 20 people helping them. According to the MDR television channel, the trio most probably also attempted the bombing of a residential hotel housing Portuguese workers in 1997 in the Thuringian town of Stadtrod. The attack did not succeed because the bomb's detonator failed.  full story

Germany: Right-wing extremist database to be created

Berlin, 21.11.2011 23:31, (ROMEA) The recently revealed series of neo-Nazi murders has set the German Interior Ministry the aim of creating a database of dangerous right-wing extremists. German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich announced the idea after meeting with the German Justice Minister and representatives of intelligence bodies today. A special security center focused on the battle against the ultra-right will also be set up. The model for the planned neo-Nazi database, according to Friedrich, will be the already-existing register of Islamic radicals created by Germany after 11 September 2001.  full story

Czech Republic: Yet another false report of assault, media immediately "ethnicized" incident

Nový Bor, 14.11.2011 20:13, (ROMEA) Police have clarified the case of a recent attack allegedly committed by four youths against a 28-year-old man in the Czech town of Nový Bor. The incident, which was alleged to have occurred last Thursday evening, never actually happened, but was invented by the "victim".  full story

German Interior Ministry says ultra-right terrorisim responsible for murders of migrants

Berlin, 14.11.2011 19:08, (ROMEA) The murders of small business owners from Greece and Turkey committed in Germany between 2000 and 2006 have been solved and revealed some surprising information: The crimes were committed by a group of ultra-right radicals. According to German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich, all indications are that the murders represent a new form of ultra-right terrorism.  full story

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