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YouTube wants to combat disinformation and hatred, hiring thousands to remove harmful content

7.12.2017 6:56 The Alphabet company, which owns the Google search engine and through it the YouTube internet portal for sharing videos, is hiring more staffers. They will be tasked with inspecting and removing videos with extremist, violent content.  full story

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Slovak MP charged with insulting Romani people and inciting hatred on the radio

7.12.2017 6:20 Milan Mazurek, a Slovak MP with the neo-Fascist "People's Party Our Slovakia" (Ľudové strany Naše Slovensko - ĽSNS), which is led by the former Governor of the Banská Bystrica Region, Marián Kotleba, has been charged because of remarks he made against Romani people during an interview last year for the Frontinus radio station in Žilina. The radio station, moreover, violated the ban on inciting hatred and was fined EUR 15 000 over the broadcast.  full story

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EU High Level Group on combating racism features Roma participants from Czech Republic, discusses Afrophobia

6.12.2017 11:46 On 5 December 2017 the European Union High Level Group on combating racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance convened and discussed the specific racism faced by people of African descent in the European Union. The topic is a big step towards recognizing the prevalence of Afrophobia in Europe and then acting to combat it.  full story

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videoLIVE BROADCAST: EU Fundamental Rights Agency publishes findings on discrimination of minorities in the EU

6.12.2017 10:53 Today, 6 December 2017, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) is holding a conference called "Reality bites: Experiences of immigrants and minorities in the EU". During the event the findings of FRA's second research project about discrimination against minorities in the European Union will be publicized.  full story

Council of Europe calls for progress on women's sexual and reproductive rights, including redress of forced sterilization by Czech Republic

5.12.2017 6:26 “Women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights are human rights. Regrettably, however, women in Europe still have these rights denied or restricted as a result of laws, policies and practices that ultimately reflect continuing gender stereotypes and inequalities," Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks said today while releasing a new report on this topic, "Women's sexual and reproductive health rights in Europe".  full story

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Petition demands Czech President resign and SPD party be dissolved for supporting racism

3.12.2017 16:15 A former Czechoslovak soldier and member of the Romani community now living in Great Britain, Štefan Pongo, has initiated an online petition calling for the dissolution of the "Freedom and Direct Democracy" party of Tomio Okamura (the SPD) and the resignation of Czech President Miloš Zeman. For now more than 100 people have signed on to it and other signatures are being added continually.
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Hungary: Romani duo from Slovakia win the "X Factor" music competition

1.12.2017 6:57 The Romani singing duo Claudia and Ricco, who are originally from Slovakia, have won the "X Factor" music competition in Hungary. The magnificent finale to the famous television show was broadcast Saturday.  full story

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Germany: 14 month sentence for Holocaust denial just the latest conviction of 89-year-old

30.11.2017 8:53 On 29 November an appeals court in Detmold in the German state of North Rnine-Westphalia sentenced Ursula Haverbeck to 14 months in prison for denying the existence of the Holocaust. The 89-year-old woman was found guilty of inciting hatred.  full story

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Germany: Pro-immigration mayor assaulted for political reasons

29.11.2017 18:14 On Monday evening the mayor of Altena in western Germany was attacked by a knife-wielding assailant, apparently for political reasons. Andreas Hollstein, a Christian Democratic politician known for his open approach to immigrants, suffered a 15-centimeter laceration on his neck, according to police.
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LIVE BROADCAST: 11th European Platform for Roma Inclusion underway in Brussels, Roma from Czech Republic attending

28.11.2017 9:40 In Brussels the 11th session of the European Platform for Roma Inclusion has been underway since yesterday and is being attended by a delegation from the Czech Republic. Politicians and Romani representatives are discussing Roma inclusion and how to improve the situation of Roma in Europe.  full story

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Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner welcomes Czech Govt purchase of pig farm on Romani genocide site

24.11.2017 21:10 Yesterday the contract to buy out the pig farm in Lety u Písku standing on the site of the former concentration camp for Romani people at Lety was signed at the Czech Culture Ministry. Public figures from around the Czech Republic and representatives of international organizations that have followed developments in this matter have gradually begun expressing their views of this historic moment.  full story

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Committee for European Romani Politics publishes Brussels Declaration

22.11.2017 9:48 The Committee for European Romani Politics (CERP) has declared its intention to establish a European political party for the Romani nation. The plan was stated in their Brussels Declaration on Monday, 20 November.  full story

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Spiegel Online reports Czech Republic has a problem with extremism

22.11.2017 9:05 The German news server Spiegel Online reports that while during the 1990s the Czech Republic responded to racism and sedition with an "uprising of the respectable", today mainstream politicians are competing to outdo the right-wing extremist parties in order to win a majority in Parliament. The article entitled "Prague Winter" alleges that the country has changed.  full story

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Czech online media spread disinformation about refugees in Sweden

21.11.2017 11:26 A misinterpretation of an ongoing Swedish study by the National Board of Forensic Medicine is making the rounds of the Czech-language Internet. Some journalists are reporting that between "76 to 86 %" of all the minors (the alleged numbers vary) who have requested asylum in Sweden are actually adults, and this has become grist to the mill of all those opposed to immigration.  full story

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Lívia Járóka becomes first ever Romani Vice-President of the European Parliament

16.11.2017 10:53 Lívia Járóka (Fidesz, EPP) of Hungary has been elected Vice-President of the European Parliament (EP) and has become the historically first MEP of Romani origin to achieve such an important post. "If I have the honor of being elected, my mission and role as the first Vice President of Romani origin will be not just to aid the 10 million-strong Romani community who have been victims of discrimination and segregation for many years, but also the 120 million people living in economic and social exclusion," news server INFO.cz quoted her as saying in a letter to her colleagues.

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Czech Fulbright Commission calls on Romani students to apply for social enterprise summer school in the USA

15.11.2017 7:48 The Fulbright Commission in the Czech Republic is calling for Romani students of colleges and higher vocational schools to apply for a five-week Summer School on the topic of "social enterprise" at a US university. The aim of this visit is to introduce European students from socially disadvantaging environments to American culture and society and to give them experience in accessing civil society.  full story

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Slovakia: Debacle in elections for the neofascists, Kotleba out as Regional Governor

7.11.2017 17:32 Slovakia has directly elected Regional Governors and Regional Assembly members in the country's eight self-administering regions. Marian Kotleba of the "People's Party Our Slovakia" (LSNS), a neofascist, suffered a big defeat, losing to Jan Lunter by more than 20 percentage points and leaving his post as Banská Bystrica's Governor.  full story

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Romani boxer represents Czech Republic, takes bronze in European Junior Championship

2.11.2017 8:59 The boxer Miroslav Gorol, representing the Czech Republic, has won the bronze medal in the European Youth Championship held in Antalya, Turkey. In the semifinals of the weight category up to 56 kilograms he was defeated after a protracted fight with Russian boxer Alexei Kiselev.  full story

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European Parliament: Roma in the EU face antigypsyism and everyday discrimination that must stop

27.10.2017 10:47 According to most members of the European Parliament (EP), Romani people throughout the European Union (EU) are being denied access to education, employment and health care. Some are forcibly displaced and racist assaults on them are investigated very slowly.  full story

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Slovakia: Police arrest Romani candidate, his daughter insists he is innocent

21.10.2017 8:20 On Friday, 13 October, hundreds of members of Slovakia's National Financial Police Unit, the National Crime Agency, and other police forces intervened against people in the regions of Banská Bystrica, Bratislava, Košice and Prešov. "Officers involved in Operation SHARK are seaching houses and other places in more than 40 buildings with the aim of documenting serious economic criminal activity," the police posted to their Facebook profile.

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