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David Kraus (left) and Milan Šenki (right) on Jarmila Balážová's TRIN program.
David Kraus (left) and Milan Šenki (right) on Jarmila Balážová's TRIN program.

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Young Czech journalist: School didn't teach me not to generalize, I had to learn that on my own

22.7.2018 13:10 Jakub Čech seems to be the incarnation of an "old soul" in the body of a teenager. Many people admire him for the constancy and toughness with which he has, since primary school, been fighting a dysfunctional or malfunctioning state administration, while others find him annoying.  full story

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videoEP Vice President Lívia Járóka for ROMEA TV: There are more Romani MEPs than people realize

28.4.2018 11:02 "Our biggest challenge is to keep our children in the best education," said Lívia Járóka, first-ever Roma Vice President of the European Parliament (EP), in an interview for the Roma internet television station ROMEA TV. Speaking in Brussels during EU Roma Week, the EP Vice President said that her biggest success to date has been the adoption of the European Union's Roma Strategy.

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Slovakia: Meet the Romani teacher who refused to grade racist essays

14.4.2018 10:50 "I don't feel like an alien or an exotic person who significantly differs from everybody else," says Alexandra Berkyová. The young Romani woman used to work in education and says she has rarely encountered racist abuse personally.  full story

Professor Iulius Rostas at European Conference at Harvard University at a panel about the “Rights of the Roma Child: The Struggle to Combat School Segregation in the E.U.” PHOTO: FACEBOOK- European Conference 2018 at Harvard

Professor Iulius Rostas about school segregation: "Bad not only for Roma children, but for the whole society"

9.4.2018 11:43 Professor Iulius Rostas participated in a panel called the "Rights of the Roma Child: The Struggle to Combat School Segregation in the EU" during the European Conference hosted by the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and the Sloan School of Management at MIT. There was discussion about the costs of Roma school segregation, the current EU and national policies towards the topic, and the role of national and local governments.  full story

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Ladislava Gažiová: Romafuturism means change, the opportunity to reject a distorted history of the Roma

25.2.2018 10:19 A three-part series of pieces for the website Artalk.cz is dedicated to exhibiting and presenting art by Romani people and has culminated with an interview between the artist Laďa Gažiová and the curator of the tranzit initiative, Tereza Stejskalová. In the interview, Gažiová says that creating a collection of the literature produced by authors who are Romani in Europe is a very important step for emancipating Romani people and raising their self-confidence.  full story

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Yvetta Blanarovičová: Talent alone is not enough

30.12.2017 11:25 "Very often children join this project who have chaos inside them, they don't know how to learn, they have no aims - they just have talent. Then it's up to us to give them direction and raise up what is unique in them," says Yvetta Blanarovičová about her aid to gifted children whose families are unable to support them.  full story

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videoVIDEO: Interview with grandson of the Czechoslovak Romani partisan Josef Serinek

15.8.2017 16:08 A Romani hero of the WWII-era anti-Fascist resistance, the partisan Josef Serinek, was remembered at the end of July by those who attended a tree-planting ceremony in his honor in the Vysočina Region that was held at one of the places where he undertook his resistance work. The event was organized by the Black Partisan (Černý partyzán) initiative led by the former Green Party chair and current director of the Ashoka organization in the Czech Republic, Ondřej Liška, who invited Serinek's grandson Zdeněk to speak.  full story

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Jan Cina: I've appropriated the term "Gypsy" for myself, not to suit others

17.4.2017 7:38 Even though JAN CINA (age 29) has recently never stopped appearing on either cinema screens or theater stages in the Czech Republic, he still made time to be interviewed by Romano voďi magazine. With his typically boyish, crisp diction, he told us how he zig-zags between alternative creations and commercial projects, what he believes about politically engaged art and how he perceives his own Romani identity.  full story

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Vojtěch Lavička: If you are a normally-functioning member of Czech society, people don't consider you Romani

14.4.2017 9:40 Vojtěch Lavička, a moderator, musician, and one of the most significant Romani minority figures in the Czech Republic, has given a video interview to the journalist Jindřich Šídlo for his program on the online Seznam.cz portal. Lavička discusses how his opinions on several basic questions have altered over the years, such as his opinion of promoting Romani people in education, what upsets him about Czech people, or why, in his view, Czech society cannot see Romani people who are "normal".  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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Czech Deputy Ombudsman: We cannot treat people as individuals

12.1.2017 7:44 "Human rights and security are communicating vessels. A person who is not secure is not free. The degree of danger that is now being felt in Europe must have an influence on how human rights are conceived of," the lawyer and Deputy Ombudsman Stanislav Křeček has said in an interview for the Czech magazine RESPEKT.  full story

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Yveta Kenety: We won't get rid of prejudice until we get to know each other

21.9.2016 10:44 Yveta Kenety (age 45) is from Přerov. She graduated from the Business Academy and Language School and then completed her studies in Bulgarian and Serbian at the Philosophical Faculty of Charles University.  full story

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Czech Republic: Romani football trainer keeps children in the ghettos away from drugs

4.8.2016 7:20 The road away from drugs and the ghetto leads through the football pitch. Lukáš Pulko of Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic, who has established the Mongaguá football team
together with Brazilian player Rodrigo Taverna, can confirm that.  full story

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Interview with Sabina Badžová: "Jump, your wings will unfold on the way"

10.6.2015 17:06 When Sabina Badžová was supposed to go to primary school, her mother stood up to those who told her that she didn't have what it takes. Instead of attending a "practical school" in the Czech Republic, she enrolled in a regular primary school, completed her studies at a business academy, and now has just completed her second year at the College of Information Services.  full story

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Petr Torák: "I'm proud to be the first Romani man from the Czech Republic to receive the MBE"

24.4.2015 3:31 Petr Torák, a Romani émigré from the Czech Republic who serves with the British police, will be receiving an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) . Queen Elizabeth II will present him with the high civilian honor next month for his service to the Romani community.  full story

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