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Ábel Ravasz (far right). (PHOTO:  Official Facebook page of Ábel Ravasz)
Ábel Ravasz (far right). (PHOTO: Official Facebook page of Ábel Ravasz)

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videoVIDEO: Museum of Romani Culture Award given to Romani activist David Tišer

30.10.2018 8:30 The 10th annual Prize of the Museum of Romani Culture has been given by the Czech Public Defender of Rights, Anna Šabatová and museum director Jana Horváthová to the Romani activist David Tišer. The 34-year-old graduated in Romani Studies from the Faculty of Arts at Charles University and for more than 10 years has been dedicated to educating social workers, students and teachers, most frequently on the subject of Romani people's sociocultural specificities and on how to break down prejudices and stereotypes  full story

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Czech politicians respond to President's antigypsyism: He divides us so we won't unite against him

10.10.2018 8:10 Some other Czech politicians have begun to respond to Czech President Miloš Zeman's remarks about Romani people avoiding work - remarks which prompted
Romani people all over Europe to post photographs of themselves at work to Facebook. "When my son Nick was born, my Romani friends came to visit all the
way from Ostrava to give him a medallion of the Madonna. They call me frequently to see whether I might have a job or work for them, to ask how I am, to
tell me how they are. They're business people. Miloš, what the hell have you ever done for them and who gave you the right to insult them like this? former
Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek (Civic Democratic Party - ODS) tweeted.
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Czech capital to see seminar on stereotypes in the photographic depictions of Jewish and Romani people

8.10.2018 20:15 On Monday, 15 October, an international seminar about stereotypical depictions of Jewish and Romani people in photography will be held in Prague. The event will involve an historical review as well as the presentation of two unique art projects that have recently been produced on this subject.  full story

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Czech Republic: Eva Davidová, an ethnographer who loved Romani people, has passed away

26.9.2018 7:34 On Friday, 21 September, at the age of 85, Eva Davidová passed away. She was an art historian, ethnographer, photographer and also a sociologist who had dedicated herself since the mid-1950s to systematically studying the culture and lifeways of Romani people in Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia.
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Martina Horváthová on building a network of Romani feminists in the Czech Republic

23.6.2018 13:05 Martina Horváthová was once on her way to becoming one of the first Romani doctors in the Czech Republic. "Our parents always told us we had to be at least three times better than the gadje for us to even be noticed and recognized by them," she recalls.  full story

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Slovak court convicts Romani victims of police raid for making allegedly false accusations of brutality

21.6.2018 9:49 Five years ago a controversial police raid was conducted in a Romani locality of eastern Slovakia. Six Romani people were subsequently indicted for allegedly giving false testimony about the raid.  full story

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Irena Biháriová: Comprehending the matrix of a Romani settlement in Slovakia is not easy

8.5.2018 16:27 Before I visit a Romani settlement, I always tell myself that being confronted by the poverty cannot startle me anymore. I have seen so much over the years that it will be possible for me to maintain my professional distance.
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Czech historian reminds public that cruel abuse was perpetrated at concentration camp for Roma in Moravia

20.2.2018 6:44 Michal Schuster, an historian with the Terezín Initiative Institute in Prague, has described the operations of the former concentration camp at Hodonín u Kunštátu in Moravia in an interview for the Brno edition of news server iDNES.cz. Given the recent remarks made by Czech politicians Tomio Okamura and Miroslav Rozner casting doubt on the camps, Schuster said he believes the public is not able to draw accurate comparisons when it comes to Holocaust victims who are Romani.

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Czech Police officer explains why he donated to Romani Scholarships

18.2.2018 10:44 One day a few months ago I saw a hate campaign online by some Czech citizens against a primary school in Teplice. Then I found out that other Czech citizens had organized a collection for the children of that school and to support Romani students.

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March against Roma Holocaust denial and for removing vice-chair of Czech lower house THIS THURSDAY IN BRNO

13.2.2018 20:11 On Thursday, 15 February there will be a march against denial of the Romani Holocaust and in favor of honoring the memories of its victims. "It is absolutely unacceptable to us that representatives of the SPD party of Tomio Okamura are denying the Holocaust of the Roma. Their statements are not just brutally harsh toward the victims and their families, but are also inappropriate behavior by the representatives of the state," the organizers of the march have posted to social networks.  full story

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Director of Terezín Initiative Institute says Czech schools don't teach enough about Romani people

10.12.2017 16:08 Tereza Štěpková, director of the Terezín Initiative Institute, told the Czech News Agency on 8 December that not enough is being taught in the Czech schools about Romani people. Neglected subjects include both Romani culture and history.

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Czech senators want Constitutional Court to address housing benefit legislation

9.12.2017 20:42 Twenty Czech Senators are turning to the Constitutional Court regarding the disbursal of housing benefits. They have sent the court a motion for abolishing part of the law on aid to those in material distress according to which local councils can declare so-called "areas with increased incidence of undesirable phenomena" on their territories.  full story

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Czech principal expresses gratitude for solidarity shown after online racist death threats

23.11.2017 13:50 The principal of the school in Teplice that was targeted by xenophobes with hateful online attacks at the beginning of November tells news server Romea.cz that she has been surprised by the enormous wave of solidarity that has replaced that of hatred. ROMEA and other organizations, including many public figures, have decided to join the Roma Scholarship Program campaign, which this school year will be supporting 86 students from all over the Czech Republic.  full story

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