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Czech Republic: Right-wing extremists to march in Ústí tomorrow

Ústí nad Labem, 5.10.2012 8:03, (ROMEA) The Hate is No Solution initiative and the Konexe civic association have issued the following press release:  full story

Roma Pride 2012 this Sunday in 15 European capitals including Prague

Prague, 3.10.2012 7:30, (ROMEA) On Sunday, October 7 2012 the streets of Prague and 14 other capitals of European states will experience Roma Pride marches. In Prague the march will start at the embankment of Rašínovo nábřeží near Jirásek Bridge (Jiráskův most) and continue along the riverside to the Protestant church U Salvátora in Salvátorská street in the Old Town (Staré Město). A panel discussion will take place in the church followed by an ecumenical service ministered by Romani clergy and others in the church of St. Martin in the Wall (Sv. Martin ve zdi). In the Czech Republic the march is being organized by the NGO Konexe, while the Europe-wide coordination is being done by EGAM (the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement).  full story

Czech Republic: Romani candidate in regional elections physically assaulted

Lom – Loučná, 29.9.2012 8:03, (ROMEA) The "Citizens for the town, the town for the citizens" movement ("Občané městu, město občanům" - OMMO) has issued the following press release:  full story

Czech Council for Radio and TV Broadcasting: TV NOVA illegally inciting hatred against Romani people

Prague, 5.9.2012 23:26, (ROMEA) At its 16th session on 4 September 2012, the Czech Council for Radio and Television Broadcasting (Rada pro rozhlasové a televizní vysílání) discussed the first results of an analysis evaluating how the TV NOVA station has been reporting on events in its "Television News" (Televizní noviny) program featuring either the actual or alleged involvement of members of the Romani minority and what the impact of that reporting has been. The analytical materials evaluating the issue of Romani people's media image focused on the presentation of Romani people in the context of crime reporting on TV NOVA's news programming from 1 January 2012 - 20 February 2012.  full story

Statewide Association of Romani People in the Czech Republic disappointed by Czech PM's position on Romani issues

Hodonín, 28.8.2012 18:42, (ROMEA) Yesterday the board of the Statewide Association of Romani People in the Czech Republic (Celostátní asociace Romů v ČR - CARČR) met in Hodonín to evaluate its activity to date and the current situation of Romani people in the Czech Republic. The association's leadership expressed disappointment over the fact that Czech PM Petr Nečas did not take on board the proposals submitted to him by the association when they met in June. "In our opinion, the current governing coalition is underestimating the importance of resolving this issue and is not aware of the fateful results that might occur if it remains unresolved," the association's declaration reads.  full story

Czech project helps Romani parents with early childhood education

Prague, 27.8.2012 21:13, (ROMEA) Open Society Fund Prague is currently supporting seven projects that focus on early childhood care for Romani children up to the age of 6. Nonprofit organizations are assisting families in socially excluded localities in the cities of Brno, Karlovy Vary, Ostrava, Prague and their environs with learning about the importance of education for pre-school aged children and how to strengthen the educational role of the family itself.  full story

AI: Romani families face forced eviction while Czech town earmarks EU funds for social inclusion

Brussels, 10.8.2012 18:34, (Amnesty International ) The European Institutions Office of the international human rights organizationAmnesty International has issued a press release regarding the slated evictions of Romani families from their homes in Ostrava, Czech Republic. News server Romea.cz publishes the press release in full below.  full story

Czech ProAlt initiative: Lucrative land possibly at stake on Přednádraží street

Ostrava/Prague, 8.8.2012 23:46, (ROMEA) The Czech civic initiative ProAlt believes the current situation on Přednádraží street is primarily the result of the failures of the responsible officials of the town of Ostrava. ProAlt believes it is possible that the real aim of the evictions underway may be the lucrative land near which a private college is soon to be built. News server Romea.cz publishes the initiative's press release in full translation below.  full story

Czech Govt Human Rights Commissioner: Ostrava is failing its residents

Prague, 3.8.2012 20:32, (ROMEA) Czech Government Human Rights Commissioner Monika Šimůnková has called on the representatives of the Municipal Department of Moravská Ostrava and Přívoz and the town of Ostrava to ensure all residents of the run-down buildings on Přednádraží street in Ostrava-Přívoz find emergency, temporary housing in local residential hotels as long as the rents they are charged will not further deteriorate their social situations. "It is evident that the existing situation is the result of a long-term, systemic failure to solve problems which I view as primarily the responsibility of the town of Ostrava and the Municipal Department of Moravská Ostrava and Přívoz," Šimůnková said in her statement. News server Romea.cz is publishing that statement in full translation below.  full story

New campaign highlights prejudices of Czech public against Romani people

Brno/Prague, 31.7.2012 22:56, (ROMEA) On Wednesday, 1 August, the organization IQ Roma servis will launch a new campaign that aims to draw attention to the continually deteriorating attitude of the Czech public toward Romani people. The project, entitled "Romani people work and want to" is continuing the theme of last year's campaign, "The Invisibles", and is responding to a situation in which Romani individuals are continually forced to face discrimination and the humiliation of being the targets of collective, negative prejudices, such as the ideas that Romani people do not work, live only on welfare, do not want to work, are not reliable workers, etc. Right-wing extremist or populist political groups have been exploiting Romani people in order to draw media attention; recent examples are the ultra-right events convened in Brno, Břeclav, Krupka, Nový Bydžov, etc.  full story

Romodrom: Effective assistance requires understanding

Vysoké Veselí, 27.7.2012 19:56, (ROMEA) Some social workers tend to view the concept of "social exclusion" as related to large cities or towns and their specific characteristics. However, social exclusion is very often quite obviously prevalent in rural areas as well. We asked Markéta Horníková, a field social worker with the Romodrom civic association who has worked since March 2011 in villages in Jičín district about her work in socially excluded rural localities and how she views the issue of socially excluded rural areas.  full story

Czech court awards compensation to Moroccan assaulted by DSSS candidate

Prague, 26.7.2012 16:06, (ROMEA) The first criminal court decision awarding compensation to a hate crime victim for non-material damages has now taken effect in the Czech Republic. Even though racial motivation was not found, the victim will be compensated by the perpetrator for the assault on his personal rights and dignity. July marks the first month in which it has been possible to seek compensation during criminal proceedings for non-material damages in the Czech Republic.  full story

Czech Govt removes "in Roma Localities" from name of agency set to expand

Prague, 25.7.2012 17:00, (ROMEA) At today's cabinet session the Czech Government extended the activity of the Agency for Social Inclusion until 2015. The Agency is 70 % funded by EU monies, with the rest covered as part of the budget for the Office of the Government, which oversees the Agency. Its budget should be increased over the next three years, thanks to which it will be able to offer to collaborate with another 17 towns and villages interested in addressing the situation of socially disadvantaged inhabitants.  full story

Czech Republic: Two demonstrations in Šluknov tomorrow

Šluknov, 18.7.2012 18:13, (ROMEA) The town of Šluknov will experience two demonstrations tomorrow. Local politicians have convened a demonstration "against crime" on the main square. In another part of town, the civic association Konexe has convened a demonstration "against crime, corruption, clientelism, incompetence, and racism among politicians in the Ústí Region."  full story

"Give Us Back Our State!": Removal of Czech Justice Minister discredits anti-corruption reforms

Prague, 28.6.2012 19:05, (ROMEA) News server Romea.cz is publishing in full translation below a press release from the "Give Us Back Our State!" (Vraťte nám stát! - VNS) platform. ROMEA, o.s. is a founding member of the platform, which is criticizing the recent removal of Czech Justice Minister Pospíšil.  full story

Czech region studying how Britons include Romani children in the schools

Prague, 27.6.2012 3:31, (ROMEA) Examples of good practice on including Romani, disabled and otherwise disadvantaged children into mainstream schools and supporting the inter-communal education of all children will be studied by 10 bureaucrats and representatives of nongovernmental organizations from the Karlovy Vary Region in the British town of Leicester. The five-day visit, from 26 June - 1 July 2012, will be attended by bureaucrats from the Regional Authority responsible for educational and social affairs, a representative of the Sokolov Municipal Authority, staff from the Educational Guidance Center in Cheb, staffs from local elementary and middle schools, and a representative of the Czech School Ministry's Department of Special Education, Prevention and Institutional Care.  full story

Together to School Coalition endorses Šabatová's "Everyone in the Czech Republic should go to school together "

Prague, 26.6.2012 20:37, (ROMEA) The Together to School Coalition endorses the article authored by Anna Šabatová, "Everyone in the Czech Republic should go to school together", which was published in Romano hangos no.6/2012 in response to an article authored by Czech MP Milada Emmerová (Czech Social Democrats - ČSSD) in no. 4 of that same periodical, entitled "The 'special' schools: What the Strasbourg judgment has led us to". As Ms. Šabatová put it, the article "displays real ignorance, it contains both naive reflections and dangerous prejudices. MUDr. Emmerová ignores the findings of international research and examples of good practice at the systemic level and at individual schools (including Czech ones) which have convincingly demonstrated for more than 10 years that education can be both inter-communal and very effective at the same time, and that the most successful systems are precisely those that delay dividing up the population by academic performance until the last possible moment, for example, after the age of 16. In her article, MUDr. Emmerová reproduces some of the ideological standpoints shared by members of the lay and professional public who are now stubbornly opposing measures to eliminate discrimination against Romani children in their access to education, openly playing the role of "yes-man" with respect to enrolling Romani children into the "practical" elementary schools."  full story

Experts: Genetic testing of racial purity is dangerous nonsense

Prague, 17.6.2012 3:36, (ROMEA) The Czech company Genomac International (Genomac.cz), the leading domestic and European genetic research center and provider of genetic testing in the field of genetic genealogy and human ancestry, has joined the declaration of the European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG) condemning a case of the abuse of genetics for "testing racial purity". The full ESHG declaration is online at https://www.eshg.org/13.0.html .  full story

Civil society members of Czech Govt Inter-ministerial Commission on Roma Community Affairs criticize media's anti-Romani campaign

Prague, 7.5.2012 21:17, (ROMEA) Civil society members of the Czech Government Inter-ministerial Commission on Roma Community Affairs have thoroughly protested the way in which some Czech media outlets report on criminal activity for which Romani people are either actually or allegedly responsible. Members of the "Roma Commission" have called on the editors-in-chief of Czech television stations and other periodicals to uphold the journalists' ethical codex and to make sure that the only information that appears in the news is information that has been properly verified. "We are also calling on the Council for Radio and Television Broadcasting to address the completely intentional campaign conducted by TV NOVA, which is influencing the racist atmosphere in the Czech Republic in a completely fundamental way," their declaration reads. News server Romea.cz publishes their press release below in full translation.  full story

Czech Republic: Ultra-right party plans march on Romani residences this Saturday

Most, 2.4.2012 21:12, (ROMEA) The Worker's Social Justice Party (Dělnická strana sociální spravedlnosti - DSSS) has announced a "March on Chanov" for Saturday, 7 April. That date is also the date this year of the Christian holiday of Holy Saturday and the Jewish holiday of Passover. During their provocation, the ultra-right extremists intend to march from the Most train station to the Chanov housing estate and to make speeches there on Zlatnická street.  full story

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