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Gabriela Hrabaňová, director of the European Roma Grassroots Organization Network, in 2017. (PHOTO: Romea.cz)
Gabriela Hrabaňová, director of the European Roma Grassroots Organization Network, in 2017. (PHOTO: Romea.cz)

videoGabriela Hrabaňová: We need to discuss Romani integration with MEPs to promote our approaches at EU level

28.4.2017 10:33 At the close of March and start of April, on the occasion of International Romani Day, the second-ever EU Roma Week took place at the European Parliament in Brussels. Approximately 200 representatives of civil society and public institutions attended a series of events dedicated to the integration of Romani people in Europe.
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Czech Republic: Neo-Nazis head to Brno for 1 May, resistance this year will be different

28.4.2017 9:45 Brno residents are not planning to block the 1 May march by the ultra-right convened by the Workers' Youth this year. Instead, they are calling on people through Facebook to organize creative, entertaining, non-violent activities in the city center on 1 May under the slogan "You can't salute the Nazis if you're having a good time" ("Kdo si hraje, nehajluje").  full story

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Czech poll finds respondents like Romani people least of any group - 76 % dislike them

28.4.2017 9:01 Of the national groups living in the Czech Republic, people like Czechs, Slovaks and Poles the most, while Romani people and Arabs are the most disliked. With the exception of Arab people, the degree of sympathy felt towards various national groups has not changed much over time.  full story

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Czech Republic: Successful Romani hairdresser launches fashion designs

28.4.2017 8:23 Alexander Slepčík has been a hair stylist for more than 10 years and has owned his own salon for more than five. He also advises people on their clothing as a stylist.  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 state prosecutor rejects complaint from family of Romani man who died in presence of police

28.4.2017 6:54 The Regional State Prosecutor in Ústí nad Labem, Andrea Janáková, has rejected point by point all of the reservations expressed by the attorney for the family of Miroslav Demeter, Jr., who died on 18 October in a pizzeria in the Czech town of Žatec after being pacified by a group of men in the presence of municipal patrol officers. Janáková has now said she identifies with the criticized conclusions of the supervising state prosecutor and with the approach taken by the police.  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 survey finds 45 % of Romani ghetto residents don't trust police, 42 % do

26.4.2017 10:30 Roughly 45 % of the Romani residents of the so-called excluded localities do not trust the Czech Police. Two-thirds of those surveyed believe police officers have prejudices against Romani people.  full story

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Czech Republic: Museum of Romani Culture also chartering bus for those interested in Romani Holocaust commemoration at Lety

26.4.2017 9:37 The Committee for the Redress of the Roma Holocaust is holding its annual commemoration ceremony to honor the memories of the victims who perished at the "gypsy camp" in Lety u Písku. The Museum of Romani Culture in Brno is calling on all citizens to come to Lety on Saturday, 13 May 2017 to honor the memory of the victims of this misfortune together.  full story

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Czech Police expert: Project to improve Romani citizens' faith in the police is a marathon, not a sprint

26.4.2017 8:58 On 11 April the final three-day meeting of the educational project entitled "How to introduce police specialists for work with the minority group of Romani people in socially excluded localities" was held in Zbiroh, Czech Republic. Among those lecturing was Petr Torák, a Romani police officer born in Czechoslovakia who has been made a Member of the British Empire for his service, as well as the director of the Museum of Romani Culture, Jana Horváthová.  full story

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USA: Number of cases of anti-Semitism grows since Trump elected

26.4.2017 7:50 Yesterday the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) announced that the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States has been significantly growing since last year's
presidential campaign and the subsequent victory of Republican Party candidate Donald Trump. During 2016, according to the ADL, 34 % more such cases happened compared to 2015.  full story

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Germany reports record-high number of politically-motivated crimes for a second year in a row

26.4.2017 7:18 Last year German officials received complaints about a record number of politically-motivated criminal acts, 41 549 total. The number of such crimes perpetrated by foreign nationals significantly increased by two-thirds year-on-year.  full story

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France: Journalist sentenced to six months for racist articles about immigrants from the Maghreb and Romani people

25.4.2017 8:46 The website France Bleu reports that an unusually harsh verdict has been handed down in France in the matter of two racist articles published in August 2015 by the Petit Journal Catalan weekly. Journalist Rodolphe Crevelle, who is known for his extreme right-wing positions, attempted to obliterate the reputation of North African immigrants from the Maghreb and members of the Romani community (specifically, the Catalan Gitanos) through his pieces.  full story

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Czech Republic: Amaro Records recording studio wants to bring majority society and Romani people together

25.4.2017 8:14 The social enterprise Amaro Records, which includes a music café and recording studio, is now running in Brno, Czech Republic. Besides producing music and video clips, the business wants to employ mainly young Romani people.  full story

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Outdoor travelling exhibition about indigenous Czech Roma and Sinti victims of the Holocaust on view in Prague

25.4.2017 7:10 The Committee for the Redress of the Roma Holocaust (Výbor pro odškodnění romského holocaustu - VPORH) has designed a travelling exhibition called "A Vanished World"
(Zaniklý svět), about the indigenous Czech Roma and Sinti who perished during the Holocaust, which now will be on view in several locations throughout Prague from April through October. Using rare archival materials and photographs, the exhibition presents the life of Roma and Sinti in the Czech lands prior to their imprisonment in the Nazi concentration camps.
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Czech Republic: Names of Holocaust victims to be read at 13 different towns on the occasion of Yom Hashoah

24.4.2017 11:33 Today in Prague on Jiřího z Poděbrad Square and in at least another 12 towns of the Czech Republic there will be public readings of the names of victims of the Holocaust. As is traditional, the ceremony is happening on the occasion of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.  full story

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Karel Holomek: Inclusion in education is the same as equality

24.4.2017 10:26 Mr Marek Přibil is doing his best to convince us, for the umpteenth time, that inclusion in education is the ruin of the Czech schools. He also alleges that what he describes as an absolutely untrustworthy failure has been produced by the Social Democrats.  full story

Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland. Photo: Council of Europe

Secretary General of the Council of Europe warns its 47 member states against limiting democracy

24.4.2017 8:54 European states must now make greater efforts so their democratic systems can successfully face down the threat of populism. That is the opinion of Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, as expressed in his annual report on the state of democracy, human rights and the rule of law, released on 20 April.
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Czech Olympic athlete: Neo-Nazi opinions are being made dangerously palatable today

24.4.2017 8:00 According to the Czech sprint canoeist Filip Dvořák, extremist opinions are being given to the public today in a much more palatable way than ever before and people are more receptive to them for various reasons. The athlete, who has won the Czech Republic's championship in the sport more than once and is also a successful Olympic competitor, made his remarks in an interview for news server isport.cz, where he expressed his own position on racism and xenophobia, which he believes has no business being part of contemporary society.  full story

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Facebook blocks fascist party's official profile, including Slovak politician's personal page

24.4.2017 6:47 At the start of April the Facebook social network began blocking the official profile of the fascist party called "Kotleba-People's Party Our Slovakia" (Kotleba –Ľudová strana Naše Slovensko) and several other pages administered by its supporters, including the profile of party chair Marián Kotleba. Other blocked Facebook pages include, for example, the profile of Slovak MP Milan Mazurek, who is the vice-chair of the ĽSNS, and Milan Uhrík, the probable candidate for the party in Nitra, where he plans to run for Regional Governor.  full story

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