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Czech Govt Human Rights Commissioner says she will criticize politicians who are racist and resign rather than be censored

20.7.2018 14:39
Czech Government Human Rights Commissioner Martina Štěpánková in an interview for ROMEATV (July 2018).
Czech Government Human Rights Commissioner Martina Štěpánková in an interview for ROMEATV (July 2018).

Speaking in an interview for ROMEA TV, the newly-appointed Czech Government Commissioner for Human Rights, Martina Štěpánková, who answers directly to Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, the head of the ANO movement, said that "Politicians create the climate in society to a significant degree. For that reason it is very important for many more politicians here to condemn racism and discrimination."

Štěpánková said she had not yet discussed with the PM what his expectations of her are. "My meeting with Prime Minister Babiš is still ahead of us. Previously, however, we have mainly discussed the issue of social exclusion," said the Commissioner, who will also remain the deputy managing the Human Rights Section at the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic.

In the interview the Commissioner also added that she believes the cabinet will prepare a social housing bill in the months to come. She also believes the Czech Republic should have a Commissioner for the Romani Community.

brf, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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