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A session of the Czech Government Council for Romani Minority Affairs. (PHOTO:  Office of the Government of the Czech Republic)
A session of the Czech Government Council for Romani Minority Affairs. (PHOTO: Office of the Government of the Czech Republic)

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ROMEA to Czech President: Romani life in communist Czechoslovakia included forced assimilation, forced sterilization of women, segregated education

10.10.2018 15:40 Speaking on Friday after casting his ballot for an interview with Richard Samko, a Czech Television reporter who is a Romani community member, Czech President Miloš Zeman reiterated that Romani people - unlike other citizens - did not suffer so much during the communist era. "What kind of nationality can this be if the nation cannot even manage to espouse its own nationality and instead of that lists themselves [during the census] as Slovak, Czech, Hungarian, I don't know what all," Zeman also said during the interview.  full story

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Czech sociologist refutes President's allegations about Romani unemployment, agrees with ROMEA

8.10.2018 19:12 Czech President Miloš Zeman has doubled down on his insinuations about Romani people not working when responding to the hundreds of photographs posted to Facebook by Romani people showing themselves on the job. Speaking on Friday, he called the photos an initiative by just "one-tenth" of the country's Romani population.  full story

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videoCzech President insults Romani people yet again after casting his ballot

7.10.2018 14:43 Speaking on Friday afternoon after casting his ballot, Czech President Miloš Zeman made remarks that insulted Romani people in the Czech Republic yet again, his second such remark that day and the third in 10 days. Remarking that "Nazism was a long time ago", he dismissed the 20th-century suffering of Romani people - which is the reason many Romani people today do not self-identify themselves as Romani to Czech state authorities during the census.  full story

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videoMEP Soraya Post supports Romani photo campaign responding to Czech President's antigypsyist remarks

5.10.2018 10:52 Czech President Zeman's antigypsyist remarks from last week continue to resonate at all levels of political life. MEP Soraya Post of Sweden has tweeted her support of the photo campaign initiated by Romani community member Štefan Pongo and the ROMEA organization in response to Zeman's remarks.  full story

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Disagree with the Czech President's antigypsyism? ERRC makes it easy to email him

2.10.2018 15:48 The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) has sent an open letter to the President of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman, condemning his most recent hate speech about his fellow citizens who are Romani. News server is publishing the entire letter in Czech translation along with the ERRC's call for people to add their own voices and send the President an e-mail.  full story

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European Roma Rights Centre: Czech President's remarks were antigypsyist hate speech

2.10.2018 8:31 Yesterday the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) sent an open letter addressed to Czech President Zeman and objecting to recent comments he made about Romani people when he was speaking last week in the Olomouc Region - Zeman alleged that exactly the Romani residents of the particular community he was visiting constitute their population of unemployed people, which the ERRC believes was a racist characterization. Zeman went on to allege that during the communist regime, Romani people "had to work" and were imprisoned if they refused to do so.  full story

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Czech President alleges Romani people "don't want to work" and that "slapping them" is the best way to deal with them

26.9.2018 12:21 Czech President Miloš Zeman recently visited the Olomouc Region and spoke at a public meeting in Kojetín during which he insulted Romani people, saying in the context of unemployment that it was absolutely clear "who" the 5 % of people without work in Kojetín are. He then went on to praise the example of the pre-1989 totalitarian era, when Romani people "had to work" and would be imprisoned if they did not.  full story

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