Čeněk Růžička on lower house refusing to strip MP of immunity for remarks denying the Holocaust of the Roma: They're playing with fire
"Personally, I believe the MPs are playing with fire," Čeněk Růžička, chair of the Committee for the Redress of the Roma Holocaust in the Czech Republic (Výbor pro odškodnění romského holokaustu), said after the Czech lower house voted not to strip MP Rozner of his immunity from prosecution for making remarks that denied the Holocaus of the Roma. "I wasn't even very surprised by this outcome because I had assumed this is what would happen. It's sad that the Chamber of Deputies has now decided in this way. The MPs probably are not aware that he did not make those remarks inside the Chamber, where he naturally has immunity, but that he made them outside the Chamber in public, and I am of the opinion that this is not about anything more than the responsibility that I, too, have for remarks I make in public, especially when it comes to such a case."
According to Růžička, the Czech MPs are not aware that Europe is "fascisizing". He warned against what is happening in the European context vis-à-vis Romani people and other minorities such as Jews.
"MPs cannot be afraid to express their opinions, especially when elections are underway," the VPORH chair said, warning against the growing number of voters for the "Freedom and Direct Democracy Party of Tomio Okamura" (SPD), of whom Rozner is a member. "You've sent the public a clear signal: You can do what you want with Romani people and you will not be held accountable in the least," he said to the legislators.
Růžička also said the MPs had received a letter from the former prisoners of the concentration camp at Lety with a supporting statement from his fellow civil society members on the Czech Government Council for Romani Minority Affairs in which the issue of the camp was described in detail. Štefan Oláh, another civil society member of that Council, said he shared Růžička's opinion of the Chamber's decision.
"We also counted on their not surrendering MP Rozner. The Immunity and Mandate Committee did the same thing. From now on we Romani people will not feel at home here - we will feel like we're on the run," Oláh said.
- Czech lower house decides not to strip MP of immunity over his remarks denying the Holocaust of the Roma
- Czech lower house committee does not recommend stripping MP of immunity over denying the Holocaust of the Roma
- Czech MPs avoid round table about the Holocaust and its Romani victims
- Monika Mihaličková to the Czech Senate: Election laws must not allow the horrors of the Holocaust to repeat
- Czech Police must re-investigate one MP for Holocaust denial, but head of ultranationalist party will not be prosecuted
- Commentary: Actual risk now exists that deniers of the Holocaust of the Roma could join the Czech Government
- Čeněk Růžička reports crime to Czech State Prosecutor, accuses lower house vice-chair of doubting the Romani genocide
- Čeněk Růžička receives human rights prize from the US Ambassador to the Czech Republic for his contribution to Romani Holocaust recognition
- Romani activist Čeněk Růžička receives prestigious Artis Bohemiae Amicis award, Czech Culture Minister promises current Govt will buy pig farm
- Closing speech by Čeněk Růžička at Lety u Písku: We are not giving up our fight to restore dignity to the Romani victims of the concentration camp
- Czech Republic: Lidice Memorial has a new director, Čeněk Růžička hopes she will be more sensitive about honoring the Roma genocide at Lety than her predecessor
- Čeněk Růžička: Roma Holocaust survivors will use upcoming compensation for their funeral costs
- Čeněk Růžička: Relatives of the Romani victims of Nazism and survivors disagree with anti-refugee sentiment
- Čeněk Růžička: Solving the death of Romani community member Ludovít Kašpar
- Čeněk Růžička: Politicians publicly compensate for weakness by crudely defaming Romani people
- Čeněk Růžička: Czech politicians trying to force Roma to emigrate
- Open letter from Čeněk Růžička: We oppose towns and villages banning residency
- Čeněk Růžička: Czech schools must teach more about the harm of Nazi ideology
- Speech by Čeněk Růžička, president of the Committee for the Redress of the Roma Holocaust (VPORH), Czech Republic
- Czech lower house has approved moratorium on collections agents confiscating property in people's homes due to COVID-19
- American author Paul Polansky has passed away
- Elena Gorolová, spokeswoman for the illegally sterilized, calls on Czech MPs to support first reading of bill to compensate them
- Commentary: Czech Social Democrats sink to the level of ultra-nationalists with proposal to cut funding to NGOs working with minorities
- Romani film festival in Berlin gives special recognition to film about removing pig farm from WWII-era concentration camp site in Czech Republic
- Documentary on WWII-era concentration camp for Roma in Czech Republic screening TONIGHT ONLINE
- Czech archaeologists find remains of yet another WWII-era concentration camp for Roma
- Czech Finance Minister supports bill to compensate illegally sterilized women
- Gwendolyn Albert: "I believe the illegally sterilized women will be compensated"
- Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights calls on Czech lower house to adopt law to compensate illegally sterilized people, first reading scheduled for today
- Czech library to exhibit all designs submitted for the future Lety u Písku Memorial to the Holocaust of the Roma and Sinti
- Czech demolition of pig farm on former WWII-era concentration camp for Roma delayed one year, future new memorial said to be unaffected