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Romeo Franz (left), Lívia Járóka (center) and Peter Pollák (right) (Collage: Romea.cz)
Romeo Franz (left), Lívia Járóka (center) and Peter Pollák (right) (Collage: Romea.cz)

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Slovakia now has an MP from the Romani minority, Štefan Vavrek

19.9.2018 9:14 Wire services report that Slovakia's unicameral legislature has just seated a new MP. After MP Edita Pfundtnerová (Most-Híd) relinquished her seat in order to become a state secretary at the Justice Ministry, Romani community member Štefan Vavrek has now replaced her.  full story

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Czech Social Democrats would withdraw controversial plan to further restrict housing benefits

17.6.2018 10:13 If the Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD) is put in charge of the Labor and Social Affairs Ministry as part of the next Government, then it will withdraw a controversial planned bill to further restrict housing benefits. Czech MP Jan Chvojka (ČSSD) announced that plan during the 14 June debate in the lower house.  full story

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Czech anti-immigration activist launches book on the premises of the lower house, ultra-conservatives support it

18.3.2018 10:19 Petr Hampl, the anti-immigration and anti-Islam activist and sociologist, has launched his new book about Islam and the alleged "Islamicization" of society on the premises of the Czech Chamber of Deputies. Hampl is known for having publicly expressed support for the father who filmed himself urging his preschool-aged daughter to hit a pillow with a baseball bat while pretending she was hitting a Muslim or a Romani person, and his book launch was attended by the son of former Czech President Václav Klaus and by other MPs.  full story

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Czech MPs refuse to approve program of extraordinary session to remove vice-chair accused of denying the Romani Holocaust

10.3.2018 7:24 The chair of the "Freedom and Direct Democracy" (SPD) party, Czech MP Tomio Okamura, has survived an attempt to dismiss him from his function as vice-chair of the Chamber of Deputies as his fellow legislators decided a second time not to vote on the issue. During two separate votes the lower house failed to adopt the agenda of the extraordinary session convened for 7 March to discuss Okamura's remarks about the concentration camp at Lety.  full story

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Czech Christian Democrats want to remove Holocaust doubter from vice-chair post in the lower house

6.2.2018 14:22 The Czech Christian Democrats (KDU-ČSL) are calling for negotiations on removing the chair of the SPD party, Tomio Okamura, from his post as vice-chair of the Chamber of Deputies. Jan Bartošek, KDU-ČSL vice-chair, announced the move to the press today.  full story

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Czech lower house approves budget, SPD did not succeed to reduce financing for Romani integration

26.12.2017 11:49 The Czech lower house has approved the state budget for 2018, reducing the approved deficit compared to last year by CZK 10 billion to CZK 50 billion. The MPs added CZK 3.3 million in social services, CZK 1 billion to support the agricultural food complex, and CZK 300 million for investment into nursery and primary schools.  full story

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Director of Terezín Initiative Institute invites Czech politicians to join tour of former concentration camp for Roma

9.12.2017 17:13 The director of the Terezín Initiative Institute, Tereza Štěpková, sent an invitation on 6 December to the chair of the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSČM), Vojtěch Filip, and the chair of the "Freedom and Direct Democracy" party, Tomio Okamura, offering them a guided tour of the site of the former concentration camp for Romani people at Lety u Písku which is currently occupied by a pig farm. She did so in response to the politicians' statements against the state buying out the farm.  full story

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Czech party proposes lower house security committee be led by man who has spread disinformation online

23.11.2017 11:22 The "Freedom and Direct Democracy" (SPD) movement is proposing that its vice-chair, Radim Fiala, be appointed as the head of the Economic Committee of the Czech lower house and that Radek Koten, its top candidate from the Vysočina Region, be appointed as the head of the Security Committee. SPD chair Tomio Okamura told the media on 20 November prior to the beginning of the constitutive session of the Chamber of Deputies that Koten's record is untarnished with respect to security.  full story

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Czech MP trafficks in poverty, exploits Romani people - who's the "parasite" now?

4.11.2017 21:28 Tomio Okamura and his "Freedom and Direct Democracy" (SPD) party sharply objected, during their election campaign, to people who depend on social welfare in the Czech Republic. Candidates for the SPD called such people "inadaptables" or "parasites".  full story

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Czech social housing law adoption nowhere in sight, MPs haven't moved to second reading

27.4.2017 8:17 On 25 April the Czech Chamber of Deputies once again failed to close its opening debate of the draft law on social housing prepared by the Czech Labor and Social Affairs Ministry. The chances of the law being adopted before the autumn elections continue to sink.  full story

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Czech lower house has only just begun reviewing the social housing bill, its chances of approval before the elections keep falling

13.4.2017 9:46 The social housing bill drafted by the Czech Labor and Social Affairs Ministry under Michaela Marksová (Czech Social Democratic Party - ČSSD) and approved by the Government faced almost nothing but criticism in the Czech Chamber of Deputies on 11 April. The right-wing opposition has called it an unusable mockery.  full story

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Slovak neo-Nazi and MP Milan Mazurek prosecuted for racist remarks about Roma

21.3.2017 7:10 Slovak media report that police officers from the National Criminal Agency (NAKA) in Slovakia have begun criminal proceedings against Slovak MP Milan Mazurek (Kotleba-ĽSNS) over his abusive remarks about Romani people made during an interview with the Frontinus radio station in Žilina. Mazurek is accused of making generalizing remarks about all Romani people which the moderator also did nothing to correct.  full story




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