Former Culture Minister joins Czech Government Human Rights Council
Deník N reports that former Czech Culture Minister Daniel Herman (Christian Democrats - KDU-ČSL) has joined the Czech Government Human Rights Council. His nomination, which was proposed by Human Rights Commissioner Helena Válková (ANO), was approved by the cabinet on Monday.
Herman is replacing the philosopher Daniel Kroupa, who resigned at the end of April after Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) announced that Válková, who is herself a former Justice Minister, would be nominated as Human Rights Commissioner. She proposed Herman for the Human Rights Council at the close of May.
"The nomination has been on Babiš's desk since then and was signed by the Prime Minister after more than a month," Deník N reports. Válková has welcomed the approval of Herman's membership.
The Human Rights Commissioner said she explained the delay by the PM having to address the Government crisis and the audits by the European Commission about his alleged conflicts of interest. Herman's presence, in her view, will reinforce the weight of the Human Rights Council.
"As far as the issues of social inclusion, the prisons, and endangered children go, for example, I am glad I will be able to rely on his experience," she said. Herman also said membership on the Human Rights Council corresponds to his human rights work to date, which is now receiving "a kind of blessing from the Government."
Herman said he wants to focus in this role especially on subjects associated with Romani culture, the Romani minority, and the persecution of members of the Falun Gong spiritual movement and Christians by the Chinese regime. Kroupa, whom Herman is replacing, said he had decided to resign because, in his view, whoever leads the Government's advisory body on human rights should be somebody involved in defending human rights who has either worked in the field long-term or is a respected figure, and he does not believe Válková fulfills either condition.
"The Government of Mr Babiš, by appointing this person, has made it clear it has no interest in dispassionately, impartially assessing [human rights] issues. I don't want to be part of it," the Charter 77 signatory said.
Válková rejected that assessment, saying she has experience in the field and that time would show how she would be assessed in the Human Rights Commissioner post. The Czech Government Human Rights Council is a permanent advisory body to Government ministers in the field of protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms.
The council is comprised of representatives of state institutions, civil society and professional associations, and the academic community. It is currently chaired by the PM and Válková is the executive vice-chair.
- Czech Constitutional Court: Human rights defender has to count on "frustrated" people sending her death threats
- Czech Human Rights Commissioner nominates former Culture Minister to Human Rights Council for organizing buyout of pig farm on Holocaust site
- Former Czech Justice Minister slated to become Czech Government Human Rights Commissioner
- Czech Govt Human Rights Commissioner steps down
- Czech courts definitively acquit publisher of Salafist book of promoting a movement against human rights
- Complaint against racist election campaign in Czech town heads to the European Court of Human Rights
- US Embassy in Prague gives human rights award to Magdalena Karvayová for helping Romani children access quality education
- Czech Human Rights Commissioner: Human rights not considered important enough, critique of nonprofits is problematic
- Czech court finds author of death threats against human rights defenders committed a politically-motivated hate crime
- Czech Foreign Minister Petříček wants a foreign policy that advocates for human rights
- Czech Govt Human Rights Commissioner says she will criticize politicians who are racist and resign rather than be censored
- Czech Government revives position of Human Rights Commissioner
- Czech Justice Minister leaving politics because most of his fellow ANO members hold different opinions about human rights
- Czech Justice Minister now in charge of human rights agenda, but will he join the next Government?
- Czech media reports Human Rights Commissioner co-authored communist-era paper alleging Roma are predetermined to commit crimes
- Czech Human Rights Commissioner says President supports her remaining in that position
- Czech Govt Roma Council recommends analyzing interwar assets of Roma and Sinti confiscated during the war, a still-unresolved matter
- Czech Deputy Public Defender of Rights is now Monika Šimůnková, a former Human Rights Commissioner
- Czech Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes honors Romani activist's work to remove pig farm from Holocaust remembrance site
- Czech Senate nominates former Human Rights Commissioner for Deputy Ombudswoman role
- Czech Government adopts neutral position on bill to compensate women who were illegally sterilized
- Tomáš Ščuka: Romani society has unrealistic expectations of the Czech Govt Roma Council's civil society members
- Czech Government decides today on moving Agency for Social Inclusion to the Regional Development Ministry
- Elena Gorolová: Some of the forced sterilization victims have died, but we are still fighting for compensation
- Slovak Plenipotentiary for Romani Communities: We will focus on education and employment
- Edita Stejskalová: Czech PM has decided not to establish the post of Commissioner for Romani Affairs