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Czech Republic: Romani candidate proposed for Deputy Human Rights Minister

Prague, 28.1.2014 7:54, (ROMEA)
Edita Stejskalová (PHOTO: Czech Television)
Edita Stejskalová (PHOTO: Czech Television)

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, the chair of the Czech Social Democrats, and Andrej Babiš, chair of the ANO movement, have not yet reached agreement on deputy ministerial appointments for the incoming cabinet. The names of some of the deputy ministers that ANO intends to send to the ministries have now been revealed.

Edita Stejskalová, a political scientist and Romani Studies scholar, is the ANO candidate for deputy to incoming Human Rights Minister Jiří Dienstbier. "In principle, we don't want to send party members of ANO to the ministries, we want to send experts," Babiš said in an interview for the daily Právo, "and we would like to see the political scientist Edita Stejskalová become deputy to the minister without portfolio, Jiří Dienstbier."

Stejskalová, a member of the Romani community, has long been involved in Romani issues. In 2006 she founded the civic association Zvůle§Práva, which assisted victims of discrimination and was involved in the "Together to School" (Společně do školy) project, which endeavored to halt unjustified enrollments of Romani children into the “practical primary schools”, which are designed to serve children with light mental disability.

Another interesting name on the list of advisers to Babiš is Robert Pelikán. The attorney and legislative expert should remain on the ANO team even after Babiš is installed in his dual roles as Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister.

Pelikán is currently representing the surviving children of Ľudovít Kašpar, who died after two police officers intervened against him in Kynšperk nad Ohří. In the past Pelikán has represented the victims of ­­illegal police interventions against the anti-fascist blockades of neo-Nazi marches in the towns of Krupka and Nový Bydžov in 2011; the aggrieved party in the case of a racially motivated assault on a citizen of Beroun by neo-Nazis in 2009; and the aggrieved party in the controversial shooting death of a Romani youth in Tanvald in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day 2012.

ryz, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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