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A screenshot from the TV NOVA broadcast about police investigating bullying at a Czech school that led to a Romani girl attempting suicide in 2018. (PHOTO:  tn.cz)
A screenshot from the TV NOVA broadcast about police investigating bullying at a Czech school that led to a Romani girl attempting suicide in 2018. (PHOTO: tn.cz)

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Romani girl attempts suicide after bullying at her primary school in Czech town

30.10.2018 19:40 A pupil in the eighth grade of the Slovanka Primary School in the town of Česká Lípa has attempted suicide because her fellow pupils bullied her. It is likely that they picked on her because of her Romani origin.  full story

Slovak appeals court says video of police abuse of Romani children must be admitted into evidence

7.5.2018 7:17 A Slovak appeals court has overturned a second first-instance court verdict acquitting all 10 current and former police officers last year of abusing Romani children at a police station in the east of the country. Their humiliation of the children happened in 2009 and was recorded by them using their mobile phones.  full story

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videoSlovakia: Brutal police intervention against Romani children, elderly woman

24.5.2017 20:31 The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) has published video footage capturing a brutal intervention by Slovak police officers in Zborov (Bardejov district) that happened during the early evening of 16 April 2017, when police were called to address a shoving match among Romani residents. Several officers attack children using their truncheons and one brutally pushes an elderly woman who is standing aside peacefully, pushing her to the ground.
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videoSlovakia: Attorney for abused boys says acquittal of police officers was illegal

20.5.2017 10:48 Vanda Durbáková, an attorney working with the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Slovakia, considers the recent acquittal of the police officers who abused Romani boys at a police station and were captured on film doing so to be illegal. "The District Court has just reiterated its decision of February 2015," the attorney said.  full story

Slovak appeals court tells first-instance court to revise its verdict on police abuse of Romani boys from Košice

2.5.2016 8:48 The shameful scandal of the police abuse of Romani juveniles living at the Luník IX housing estate in the town of Košice has been dragging through the courts since March 2009. According to a report published by news server Romovia.sme.sk on 29 April, the Regional Appeals Court has now overturned the first-instance court verdict in the case of police officers charged with being accomplices to felony abuse of the powers of a public official and other crimes.  full story

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Czech Public Defender of Rights says human rights are being violated at the Bělá-Jezová detention facility

14.10.2015 19:23 Anna Šabatová, the Czech Public Defender of Rights, declared yesterday that the situation of children and families with children living in the Bělá-Jezová detention facility for refugees run by the Czech Interior Ministry near Mladá Boleslav is so serious that it amounts to a violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the European Convention on Human Rights. Šabatová said children there are living in objectively worse conditions than Czech prisoners do.  full story

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Czech town's "zero tolerance" policy generates police abuse

1.9.2015 1:12 A reporter for news server Romea.cz is mapping the current situation at the Janov housing estate in the town of Litvínov. The estate is an excluded locality that experienced one of the first big anti-Romani actions organized in the Czech Republic by right-wing extremists seven years ago.  full story

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Czech Prime Minister proposes removal of Education Minister

29.5.2015 6:18 Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka will be proposing the dismissal of Education Minister Marcel Chládek within the next few days (both are ČSSD). The PM has referred to information reported yesterday by the daily Mladá fronta DNES about the bullying of subordinates at the ministry, claiming that he intends to take it seriously.  full story

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Czech Republic: Theater as a victory over bullying and racism

24.4.2015 1:01 Bullying, manipulation and racism are the subjects of three plays that were presented last week by the Theater of the Oppressed (Divadlo utlačovaných) in Prague. This is a special form of theater in which actors create a situation of oppression on the basis of their own experiences and audience members get the opportunity to join the action and try to change the fates of the protagonists for the better  full story

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Slovakia: 300 Roma protest police intervention in Vrbnica

Michalovce, Slovakia, 11.4.2015 21:20 Slovak media report that approximately 300 Romani people assembled on a square in Michalovce on 10 April for a protest against a police intervention in the village of Vrbnica earlier this month, calling for the removal of Košice Regional Police Director Juraj Leško and the resignation of Slovak Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák. The protest was organized by the Romani Union Party of Slovakia (SRUS).  full story

US Ambassador to the OSCE Daniel B. Baer

US Ambassador to OSCE: Roma issues are Europe's unfinished human rights business

3.4.2015 23:30, (ROMEA) In advance of International Romani Day on 8 April, US Ambassador to the OSCE Daniel B. Baer held a press conference about how the OSCE works on Roma issues. Journalists from Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Slovakia and the United States joined the teleconference, including Romea.cz.  full story

Slovak psychiatrist says crimes against Romani boys considered less outrageous than if they had been white

Slovakia, 14.3.2015 0:30, (ROMEA) The eduRoma civic association has reached out to several experts in the fields of psychiatry and psychology in connection with the case of police officers in Košice, Slovakia who bullied and humiliated Romani children. The association asked the experts to comment on the content of video recordings of the officers abusing the boys.  full story

Slovakia: Acquittal of police who bullied Romani children called unacceptable

Košice, Slovakia, 5.3.2015 20:12, (ROMEA) The acquittal by a Slovak court last week of police officers charged with abusing six Romani boys in 2009 has sparked a great deal of disagreement in the country. The court refused to enter into evidence the video footage taken by the officers themselves using mobile phones during the beating and humiliation of the boys.  full story

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videoSlovakia: Scandalous verdict acquits police of torturing Romani children

Bratislava, Slovakia, 28.2.2015 23:57, (ROMEA) Yesterday a court in Slovakia acquitted all 10 current and former police officers who faced prosecution for abusing Romani children at a police station. The police filmed their humiliation of the children using their mobile phones and shared the footage.  full story

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Bulgaria: Most inmates in shocking juvenile prison conditions are Romani

Boychinovtsi, Bulgaria, 11.2.2015 19:14, (ROMEA) Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports that juvenile prisoners in Bulgaria are serving out their sentences in old military dormitories where conditions have horrified international observers, including broken windowpanes replaced with cardboard, filth and repeated beatings. "They have beaten me since I first arrived here. The showers are their boxing ring," says Angel, a 17-year-old prisoner.  full story

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UK: Babington Community College shows how to get Romani children out of the Czech "practical schools"

Great Britain, 17.12.2013 21:40, (ROMEA) Czech Radio has produced an extensive report on the opportunities for Romani children in England compared to conditions for them in the Czech Republic. News server Romea.cz here reprints in translation excerpts of the article posted on the website of Czech Radio (in Czech only at http://www.rozhlas.cz/plus/zaostreno/_zprava/babington-ukazuje-cestu-jak-dostat-romske-deti-ze-specialnich-skol--1293273 ).  full story

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Czech tabloid must withdraw article full of lies and racial hatred about Romani children

Nové město pod Smrkem, 13.11.2013 23:25, (ROMEA) The tabloid news server Zprávyextra.cz has published a mendacious, racist article about bullying at a primary school in the town of Nové město pod Smrkem alleging that insolent Romani reprobates bully children there with impunity and that the school is doing nothing about it. After a protest was lodged by the school management, the article was taken offline and is available only through the Google archive.  full story

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Poland: Neo-Nazis demonstrate in Warsaw, attack Russian embassy

Moscow/Warsaw, 12.11.2013 17:14, (ROMEA) Celebrations of the Polish independence day on Monday, 11 November were accompanied by clashes between neo-Nazis and riot police in the center of Warsaw. Demonstrators threw firecrackers and rocks at police officers and set cars on fire, while police responded with rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon.  full story

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Ivanka Mariposa Čonková: Victory over racism, or, How the neo-Nazis lost face in Ostrava

Ostrava, 31.10.2013 19:21, (ROMEA) The 28th of October this year happened in a spirit similar to that of 24 August, when several towns in the Czech Republic simultaneously faced open displays of antigypsyism, neo-Nazism and racism in the form of marches that transformed into attempted pogroms against Romani people. This past Monday, the towns concerned were České Budějovice, Ostrava, and Plzeň.  full story

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