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Zdeněk Ryšavý


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EU ministers approve plan to suppress hate on the Internet

26.5.2017 7:40 Reuters reports that ministers of the EU Member States approved a plan on 23 May in Brussels which is meant to force the Facebook, Google and Twitter companies to more effectively eliminate hateful videos posted to their Internet platforms, the first legislative arrangements about such questions at EU level. Firms operating social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube will have to take steps to eliminate videos that defend terrorism and engage in hate speech.  full story

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videoSlovakia: Brutal police intervention against Romani children, elderly woman

24.5.2017 20:31 The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) has published video footage capturing a brutal intervention by Slovak police officers in Zborov (Bardejov district) that happened during the early evening of 16 April 2017, when police were called to address a shoving match among Romani residents. Several officers attack children using their truncheons and one brutally pushes an elderly woman who is standing aside peacefully, pushing her to the ground.
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Czech Republic: Romani Resistance Day event connects Auschwitz uprising with tenants whose power has been cut

17.5.2017 10:17 International Romani Resistance Day was marked for the first time on 16 May 2017 by residents of Brno, Czech Republic with the reading of a play connecting the historical events of 1944 with current events there. Prior to this, the Romani uprising at Auschwitz has only been commemorated in the Czech Republic by a private event at the Lety
Memorial to the concentration camp for Romani people there.  full story

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Czech Police charge man who insulted minorities online, he faces up to three years if convicted

15.5.2017 8:51 News server Novinky.cz reports that the Czech Police have charged a 32-year-old man from Prostějov for authoring posts on social networking sites at the close of last year and the start of 2017 in two different discussions about current events during which he grossly insulted national minorities. František Kořínek, spokesperson for the Czech Police, told the daily Právo of the charges on Friday, 12 May.  full story

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Director of ODIHR on arson in Italy that killed Romani children: If this was racism there must be a strong reaction

15.5.2017 7:58 Michael G. Link, the director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has
condemned the murder of three Romani sisters aged four, eight and 20 last week. They died after a Molotov cocktail attack on the caravan in which they were sleeping with their parents and other siblings on 10 May 2017 in Rome, Italy.  full story

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videoVIDEO: Romani singer Joci Pápai makes it to the Eurovision final

15.5.2017 7:19 Joci Pápai, the 35-year-old Romani singer representing Hungary, made it to the final round of the international Eurovision Song Contest, which was held this year in Kiev, Ukraine. The singer performed the song "Origo", which combines hip hop and traditional Romani music, during the second semifinal on 11 May.  full story

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Czech ministers say they believe pig farm will be gone from Roma genocide site next year

13.5.2017 19:13 The surviving relatives of the victims of the concentration camp for Romani people at Lety u Písku, members of the public, Czech Human Rights Minister Jan Chvojka (Czech Social Democratic Party - ČSSD) and Czech Culture Minister Daniel Herman (Christian Democrats - KDU-ČSL) commemorated the Romani victims of Nazism at the Lety Memorial today. An industrial pig farm occupies the places where the concentration camp for Romani people was located during the Second World War.  full story

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Italy: Two Romani children and their older sister die in arson attack

11.5.2017 9:49 ANSA, the Italian wire service, reported yesterday that two Romani girls ages four and eight and their 20-year-old sister died early yesterday morning during an arson attack in Rome, Italy. The assailant's identity has not yet been ascertained.  full story

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Czech Interior Ministry's quarterly report on extremism says militia groups are collaborating with MPs

5.5.2017 8:44 During the first quarter of this year in the Czech Republic, extremist entities held 93 events, 20 more than during the same period last year, but the extremist scene was calm and without extraordinary occurrences. Czech security forces did not discover any indications of an increased risk of violent activities connected with the actions of extremist political movements.  full story

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videoEuropean Grassroots Antiracist Movement postpones involvement by internationals in Lety commemoration

4.5.2017 12:23 Romani people from all over Europe who were planning to attend the commemorative ceremony on 13 May at Lety u Písku to honor the memory of the Romani victims of the
Holocaust are reportedly postponing their visit until 24 June. The announcement of the Czech Government that it plans to resign is the reason given for the decision by Benjamin Abtan, head of the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement (EGAM), who originally planned to bring MEPs and MPs to the annual ceremony on 13 May.  full story

Czech survey on migration in socially excluded localities finds people move too frequently, either to escape debt or because the mafia evicts them

4.5.2017 11:40 The Czech Government Agency for Social Inclusion, as part of its project called the "Campaign against Hate Violence and Racism", has published two surveys about loan-
sharking and migration inside of socially excluded localities. News server Romea.cz publishes here in full translatoin a commentary on their findings by Roman Matoušek, who summarizes their recommendations regarding internal migration in the Czech Republic.  full story

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Slovak fascist party has a problem: A second MP charged with insulting Romani people, court could disband it

4.5.2017 10:28 The Slovak Police have charged a second MP from the fascist Kotleba-People's Party Our Slovakia (Lidová strana Naše Slovensko - LSNS) for making xenophobic remarks. After first accusing Slovak MP Stanislav Mizík on Thursday, 27 April, detectives also charged his colleague Milan Mazurek the next day.  full story

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Girl Scout from iconic photo in Brno, Czech Republic tells Romea.cz she feels obligated to protest fascist ideologies and opinions

4.5.2017 8:27 An iconic photograph of a young Girl Scout who decided to protest on 1 May 2017 against a neo-Nazi assembly in Brno, Czech Republic has flown around the Internet, and not just the "Czech" one. The photo has received more than 60 000 "likes" and almost 6 000 comments on the Reddit social networking site.  full story

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videoCzech neo-Nazis experience May Day debacle as counter-protests drown them out with music

2.5.2017 7:21 Yesterday neo-Nazi adherents assembled on náměstí Svobody (Freedom Square) in Brno, the second-biggest city in the Czech Republic, for their 1 May march. Those opposed
to them outnumbered them on the scene and were there to dance and drum.  full story

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Czech cashier with Nazi swastika tattoo fired by Kaufland, could be charged

28.4.2017 7:47 Tabloid news server eXtra.cz reports that this past Tuesday, photographs and video footage began to spread through Czech online social networks of a cashier at a Kaufland in Prague with a Nazi swastika and other symbols tattooed on her arm. Several hours later, she was fired.  full story

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Czech social housing law adoption nowhere in sight, MPs haven't moved to second reading

27.4.2017 8:17 On 25 April the Czech Chamber of Deputies once again failed to close its opening debate of the draft law on social housing prepared by the Czech Labor and Social Affairs Ministry. The chances of the law being adopted before the autumn elections continue to sink.  full story

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Czech tabloid falls for journalists' trap, publishes absurd conspiracies and fake news without fact-checking

20.4.2017 10:16 Czech-language online tabloid news server Parlamentní listy has been reporting that the USA is using mind-altering chemicals in Syria through so-called "chemtrails", as well as rumors that "cyclo-fascists" and "eco-terrorists" are responsible for recent terrorist attacks in Europe. This kind of "information", referencing fake sources, has been published by the online tabloid without any attempt at fact-checking.
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Eight years since arson attack on Romani family in Czech town, perpetrators slow to pay compensation

20.4.2017 8:54 Eight years ago, in the late night hours of 18 April and early morning hours of 19 April 2009, four neo-Nazis - Václav Cojocaru, Jaromír Lukeš, Ivo Müller and David Vaculík - threw Molotov cocktails into a single-family home in the town of Vítkov (Opava district) where a Romani family lived. During the subsequent blaze, three people were injured including a two-year-old girl, Natálka, who suffered burns over 80 % of her body.  full story

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Czech MEP responds to antigypsyism at the European Parliament: Roma are underrepresented and positive examples should be highlighted

18.4.2017 8:28 According to a Member of the European Parliament (EP) from the Czech Republic, Tomáš Zdechovský, the commemoration of International Romani Day is very necessary. The
MEP made his remarks during a debate about International Romani Day that took place at the EP on Thursday, 6 April 2017.  full story

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Gejza Horváth: The author of "Brnox" cheated and disappointed me. Humiliation and ridicule of Romani people dominate her book.

13.4.2017 10:51 The award-winning book "Brnox" by Kateřina Šedá continues to spark passionate discussion in the Romani community. The author won the prestigious Magnesia Litera prize in the category of journalism for the book, but criticism of it has begun to intensify, especially by Romani people.  full story

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