Amnesty International: Discrimination against Roma persists in the Czech Republic
The annual report of the global human rights organization Amnesty International (AI) says 2014 was a devastating year for all people trapped in suffering war zones and those fighting for human rights."We must hope that, in retrospect, 2014 will seem like a slump to the very bottom, from which we then rebounded to build a better future," said AI Secretary-General Salil Shetty.
War and mass murder have destroyed the inhabitants of Iraq, Israel, Nigeria, Palestine, Syria and Ukraine. In comparison to the bloodshed and poverty in many countries of the world, life in the Czech Republic is, understandably, exceptionally good.
Nevertheless, some are better off than others here, and the relative peace certainly does not mean that the Czech Republic meets the ideal of an open, democratic, just society of solidarity. The AI report warns, among other things, that discrimination against Romani people persists in the Czech Republic.
The report's section on Roma in the Czech Republic reads as follows:
In June, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights criticized the authorities for the large number of Roma pupils in so-called “practical schools” (former special schools), designed for pupils with mild mental disabilities. The Committee called on the government to abolish practices that lead to the segregation of Roma pupils and to phase out practical schools. It recommended that mainstream schools should provide inclusive education to children from socially disadvantaged backgrounds and Roma pupils.
In September, the European Commission initiated infringement proceedings against the authorities for breaching the prohibition of discrimination in education set out in the EU Race Equality Directive.
In August, over four years after the government’s apology for the enforced sterilization of Roma women, the Human Rights Minister announced a draft law offering financial compensation of between 3,500 and 5,000 euros to individual victims. According to the NGO Czech Helsinki Committee, almost 1,000 women were forcibly sterilized between 1972 and 1991 and should be entitled to financial remedy.
In November, the government acknowledged that Roma continued to face discrimination regarding access to housing, education, health care and labour market. The government-commissioned report on the situation of the Roma minority highlighted obstacles in accessing affordable housing, including discrimination by private landlords. The report also highlighted the over-representation of Roma children in practical schools.
- Amnesty International Czech Republic launches online manual for teachers about handling intolerance
- Amnesty International issues Urgent Action over death sentence for blasphemy
- Amnesty International: Court must consider hate motive behind attack on Romani woman
- Amnesty International: Forced evictions in France add to climate of fear amid alleged hate crimes
- Amnesty International contacts Czech mayor over ghetto evictions
- Amnesty International and OSCE criticize the position of Romani people in Europe
- ERRC and Amnesty International call on Czech Govt to eliminate violence against Romani people
- Amnesty International: Roma people still discriminated against in Czech education
- Amnesty International criticizes walls around Roma neighborhoods of Slovak towns
- Amnesty International says EU should do much more against discrimination of Roma people
- Amnesty International: Czech Police did not protect Roma people in Nový Bydžov and used disproportionate force against counter-demonstrators
- Amnesty calls on Slovak town to desegregate its schools
- Statement by Amnesty International calls on European governments to end separate and unequal education of Romani children
- Amnesty International expresses concern over councils' policies on travellers
- Amnesty International calls on Czech Republic to guarantee full education for all
- Amnesty International benefit concerts to draw attention to segregated education
- Czech President Havel protested against the wall separating non-Roma from Roma on Matiční Street 20 years ago
- Pavel Botoš: Who will stop the use of terms like "cigoši" in the Czech Republic?
- Iveta Bílková: Czech society should not tolerate words like "Cigán", "Cigoši", etc.
- Roma are most frequently targeted by hatred on the Czech Internet, experts say the law applies online too
- Czech Govt report on the state of the Romani minority estimates 830 ghettos with 127 000 inhabitants in the regions
- Slovakia: Café Európa discusses underrepresentation of Romani people in politics
- Slovak bus company caught on video repeatedly denying some Romani passengers service
- Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová has breakfast with Romani students
- VIDEO: Ostentatious homes built by Roma community in Romania reflect their desire for prestige
- Slovak Constitutional Court awards compensation to Roma for 13-year court case - but the discrimination sued over still has no final ruling
- Former Culture Minister joins Czech Government Human Rights Council
- Jozef Miker: Those who care about the homeless in the Czech Republic are bringing them food for free