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Zdeněk Ryšavý


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Czech Education Minister Stanislav Štech (2017) (PHOTO: www.msmt.cz)
Czech Education Minister Stanislav Štech (2017) (PHOTO: www.msmt.cz)

Czech EdMin: Necessary measures for educating all children together, "not just Roma", adopted annually since the D.H. judgment

19.11.2017 15:45 Czech Minister for Education, Youth and Sport ((MŠMT) Stanislav Štech presented the measures that the ministry has introduced recently in the area of equal access to education at an international conference in Prague on 14 November called "Together at School: Further Steps in the Education of Roma in the Czech Republic. "The Czech Republic has adopted necessary measures every year since the judgment in the D.H. and Others versus Czech Republic case so that the judgment can be fulfilled and so that all children, not just Romani ones, are educated together with the support they need," he told conference-goers.  full story

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Czech President and Governor of Olomouc Region doubt whether attack on African man in Prague was racially motivated

19.11.2017 12:09 Czech President Miloš Zeman and the Governor of the Olomouc Region, Ladislav Okleštěk (ANO), have cast doubt on whether the assault committed against a man from Africa earlier this month in Prague by a group of Sigma Olomouc football fans on a tram was racially motivated. The victim said none of his fellow passengers came to his aid and that the driver did not understand why he wanted to call the police.  full story

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Czech Republic commemorates Velvet Revolution, Prague Police arrest two right-wing extremists

18.11.2017 13:25 Yesterday the inhabitants of the Czech Republic commemorated the anniversary of the events that transpired on 17 November 1989 and 1939. The biggest number of such events was held in the capital, Prague.
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video"Europe: Which Children Matter?" Discussion in Ostrava on 17 November about Roma segregation in education

18.11.2017 11:35 On 17 November at the PANT studio in Ostrava the documentary film "Europe: Which Children Matter?" was screened, followed by a discussion with human rights activist Gwendolyn Albert, activist and researcher Lucie Fremlová, director Jenne Magno, activist Edita Stejskalová, and Ostrava residents involved with the production of the film about Romani children's access to mainstream schools. News server Romea.cz broadcast the discussion live and the recording of it is above.

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Lívia Járóka becomes first ever Romani Vice-President of the European Parliament

16.11.2017 10:53 Lívia Járóka (Fidesz, EPP) of Hungary has been elected Vice-President of the European Parliament (EP) and has become the historically first MEP of Romani origin to achieve such an important post. "If I have the honor of being elected, my mission and role as the first Vice President of Romani origin will be not just to aid the 10 million-strong Romani community who have been victims of discrimination and segregation for many years, but also the 120 million people living in economic and social exclusion," news server INFO.cz quoted her as saying in a letter to her colleagues.

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Almost 2 000 Roma assemble in Czech town to ask for equal access to quality education

13.11.2017 12:33 According to organizers' estimates, almost 2 000 Romani people assembled in Ostrava on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the judgment against the Czech Republic for discriminating against Romani children in their access to education which was handed down by the European Court of Human Rights. The Romani people gathered to ask for equal access to quality education for their children.  full story

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Civil society members of Czech Govt Roma Council call on voters not to re-elect Zeman

13.11.2017 11:45 Some Romani civil society members of the Czech Government Council for Romani Minority Affairs released an open letter on 11 November to the citizens of the Czech Republic calling on them not to re-elect Czech President Miloš Zeman. The letter was their response to Zeman's most recent verbal assault on Romani people, in which he claimed that "90 % of inadaptable citizens" in the country are Romani.  full story

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Czech President says 90 % of "inadaptable citizens" are Romani

13.11.2017 9:03 According to Czech President Miloš Zeman, 90 % of what he called the country's "inadaptable citizens" are Romani and just 10 % are "white slobs". Zeman made his remarks on a program called "This Week with the President" (Týden s prezidentem), which is regularly broadcast by the Barrandov cable television station and moderated by the director of that station, Jaromír Soukup.  full story

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Czech MP and educator "understands" why some are calling for murder of first-graders

11.11.2017 7:52 Speaking with the daily Týdeník Směr, Czech MP Tereza Hyťhová (Freedom and Direct Democracy - SPD), who is a pedagogue, has expressed understanding for the people who have posted death threats and other hateful commentaries recently to social networking sites beneath a photograph of a first grade class from the Prosetice quarter of Teplice. The children photographed are mostly of Arab, Romani or Vietnamese origin.

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Roma to demonstrate in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Saturday for equal access to quality education

8.11.2017 10:22 On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the European Court of Human Rights judgment in the "D.H. case" against the Czech Republic for discriminating against Romani children in their access to education, a concert by popular Romani bands and performers will be part of a "happening" on Svatopluk Čech Square in Ostrava this Saturday, 11 November at 13:00. Many experts on education will speak at the event, both parents and professionals.  full story

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Slovakia: Debacle in elections for the neofascists, Kotleba out as Regional Governor

7.11.2017 17:32 Slovakia has directly elected Regional Governors and Regional Assembly members in the country's eight self-administering regions. Marian Kotleba of the "People's Party Our Slovakia" (LSNS), a neofascist, suffered a big defeat, losing to Jan Lunter by more than 20 percentage points and leaving his post as Banská Bystrica's Governor.  full story

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Czech MP trafficks in poverty, exploits Romani people - who's the "parasite" now?

4.11.2017 21:28 Tomio Okamura and his "Freedom and Direct Democracy" (SPD) party sharply objected, during their election campaign, to people who depend on social welfare in the Czech Republic. Candidates for the SPD called such people "inadaptables" or "parasites".  full story

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Romani boxer represents Czech Republic, takes bronze in European Junior Championship

2.11.2017 8:59 The boxer Miroslav Gorol, representing the Czech Republic, has won the bronze medal in the European Youth Championship held in Antalya, Turkey. In the semifinals of the weight category up to 56 kilograms he was defeated after a protracted fight with Russian boxer Alexei Kiselev.  full story

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European Parliament: Roma in the EU face antigypsyism and everyday discrimination that must stop

27.10.2017 10:47 According to most members of the European Parliament (EP), Romani people throughout the European Union (EU) are being denied access to education, employment and health care. Some are forcibly displaced and racist assaults on them are investigated very slowly.  full story

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Czech elections: Vote-buying suspected in poor community, Roma not involved

26.10.2017 6:25 On 19 October the news server HlídacíPes.org ("watchdog.org") reported suspicions that ballots were being manipulated yet again in the North Bohemian town of Krupka ahead of last weekend's elections to the Czech lower house. News server Romea.cz followed up and learned that apparently Romani residents of the community were not involved this time.  full story

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Czech Republic: "Middle class" Roma share photos on Facebook of themselves casting ballots in lower house election

23.10.2017 7:30 Photographs of Romani people casting votes during this year's elections to the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic flooded Facebook on Friday and Saturday. Some photographs were shared publicly, others just with friends, and those posting urged other Romani people to go to the polls.  full story

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Czech MP, embittered by his party's loss, curses news server Romea.cz and Roma in general

23.10.2017 6:20 Czech MP Jaroslav Foldyna, whose Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD) has suffered an enormous electoral defeat, has made racist verbal attacks against Romani people in the Czech Republic. He has also made vulgar remarks about the Romea.cz news server.  full story

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Czech Republic: Low turnout in socially excluded localities, but ANO, Communists and Okamura scored there

22.10.2017 18:27 In socially excluded localities predominantly inhabited by Romani people very few voters went to the polls. The lowest voter participation was at the Chanov housing estate in the town of Most, and voters did not turn out much in the Předlice quarter either.  full story

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Romani candidates not seated in Czech lower house, Beňák and Tišer got the most preferential votes

22.10.2017 14:41 The Romani candidates who sought seats in the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic have not succeeded. That means the Czech lower house still has not one Romani representative.

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Czech Republic: Protesters shout "Nazis Go Home" in front of Okamura's campaign office

22.10.2017 13:32 Several dozen people protested last night in front of the Prague campaign office of the "Freedom and Direct Democracy" party (SPD), led by Tomio Okamura, against the fact that the hate group has been elected to the Chamber of Deputies. "Welcome refugees, Nazis go home!", demonstrators chanted beneath the windows of Hotel Čechie.  full story

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