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On the left, the apartment building in Vsetín from which Romani tenants were evicted in 2006, and on the right, one of the houses that an evicted family was forced to assume a loan from the town of  Vsetín to buy, sight unseen. (Collage:  Romea.cz)
On the left, the apartment building in Vsetín from which Romani tenants were evicted in 2006, and on the right, one of the houses that an evicted family was forced to assume a loan from the town of Vsetín to buy, sight unseen. (Collage: Romea.cz)

Czech Constitutional Court rejects complaint from municipality defending its 2006 eviction of Romani residents

5.6.2017 8:34 The Czech Constitutional Court Ústavní soud (ÚS) has rejected a complaint filed by the town of Vsetín about its protracted dispute with the Romani people whom it "deported" and forced to take up residence in municipalities outside of the Zlín Region altogether. The Czech News Agency reported the news on 1 June after discovering it in the judiciary's database.  full story

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Czech Christian Democratic Governor and Senator resigns his local posts but says his antigypsyist remarks not the reason

13.4.2017 8:11 Czech Christian Democratic Governor and Senator resigns his local posts but says his antigypsyist outburst was not the reason  full story

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Civil society members of Czech Government Council for Roma Minority Affairs recap past three years of work

28.1.2017 10:15 The civil society members of the Czech Government Council for Roma Minority Affairs (also referred to as the Inter-ministerial Commission for Roma Community Affairs) have recapitulated the Council's activities during the past three years for news server Romea.cz. Those members see as essential the fact that they enforced the concept of Romani people as a national minority - not as a social group - in the Government's Roma Integration Strategy to 2020.  full story

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Czech politician alleges he has resolved the issue of "inadaptable Gypsies", Faktus says the facts show otherwise

24.11.2016 9:22 He's a mayor, a Senator, and now he has been elected Regional Governor. Jiří Čunek really knows politics.  full story

Czech town "celebrates" 10th anniversary of Romani evictions and creation of ghetto with fireworks

4.10.2016 12:14 Romani tenants of "container housing" in the locality of Poschlá on the outskirts of the Czech town of Vsetín would like to move away, ideally back into town. "We are from Vsetín, we want to remain living there and we would like to have the same conditions as everybody else," Marián Tulej, who administers the housing units, told journalists yesterday.  full story

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Czech Constitutional Court to review town's forced relocation of Romani residents

17.8.2016 12:14 The almost decade-long dispute between the Czech town of Vsetín and the Romani residents whom the town evicted and then forcibly relocated into villages entirely outside of the Zlín Region will now be reviewed by the Czech Constitutional Court. The town of Vsetín has filed a constitutional complaint in the matter.  full story

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Czech Govt Agency for Social Inclusion begins work with mayor who keeps attacking Roma

17.7.2016 15:37 Representatives of the Czech Government Agency for Social Inclusion and the leadership of the town of Vsetín signed a so-called Memorandum of Collaboration last Wednesday confirming their mutual obligations for the next three years. Local leaders will now collaborate with the Agency within the framework of its "Coordinated Approach" to addressing socially excluded localities.  full story

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Romani evictees seek compensation from town, Czech Supreme Court to review case

9.11.2015 4:38 The case of the Romani residents of Vsetín who were removed from its territory and relocated to villages outside of the Zlín Region nine years ago will be addressed by the Czech Supreme Court. The Romani plaintiffs believe the town violated their fundamental human rights by removing them.  full story

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Czech Republic: 30 injured after Čunek's container housing catches fire

Vsetín, 14.4.2015 0:14, (ROMEA) Approximately 50 people had to be evacuated during a blaze in the prefabricated containers known as the "Čunek houses" in the Poschlá quarter of Vsetín, where a total of seven firefighting units had to intervene on 31 March after 15:00. The insulation on the first floor of the containers caught fire and two other stories were extensively damaged by smoke.  full story

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Commentary: Czech mayor declares war on "inadaptables" again

11.3.2015 19:12, (ROMEA) Mayor Jiří Čunek (Christian Democrats) has announced to the Czech News Agency that the town hall in Vsetín is establishing a working group on the issue of "inadaptables" and will "seek measures to make the town calm and safe and options for stopping these groups of inhabitants or individuals from causing problems and tensions in town." The Czech News Agency reports that the mayor believes the town hall needs to review whether its position on rent defaulters or other citizens who have repeated problems with maintaining order might be too generous in some cases.  full story

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Czech mayor refutes rumor she is forgiving Romani residents' debts

Vsetín, 17.7.2014 20:51, (ROMEA) The official website of the town of Vsetín has posted a statement regarding recent allegations made against Mayor Táborská. A majority-society resident has reportedly verbally abused the mayor over information published by a local weekly.  full story

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Commentary: How to produce disinformation in the Czech media

Prague, 8.4.2013 20:48, (ROMEA) "‘When I grow up, I want to be on welfare,’ wish poor children from the Romani ghettos”. So reads the headline of a particular article published on news server iDNES.cz here in the Czech Republic several days ago.  full story

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Czech Senator Čunek chairing Senate Subcommittee on Human Rights

Prague, 10.12.2012 16:58, (ROMEA) Czech Senator Jiří Čunek has been appointed chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Human Rights and Equal Opportunity, which some may find a surprising choice. The appointment took place on 6 December when the Senate approved the change. Čunek will now take over the subcommittee, replacing former chair Miluše Horská, who has been elected Vice-Chair of the Senate.  full story

Czech senator leaves club over fellow lawmakers' antigypsyism

Brno, 7.11.2012 19:05, (ROMEA) Newly-elected senator and former Constitutional Court Justice Eliška Wagnerová is no longer a member of the Senate's "Club for the Renewal of Democracy" (Klub pro obnovenou demokracii). The opinions of club members Jiří Čunek and Tomio Okamura about Romani people bother her too greatly for her to stay.  full story

The racist band Ragnarők has many videos of their songs posted to YouTube. This photo shows one of their album covers.

Hundreds of videos inciting racial hatred available on YouTube

Prague, 31.10.2012 0:23, (ROMEA) Hundreds of videos inciting racial hatred are freely available on the YouTube website, including videos of songs with Czech-language lyrics, but police do not know how to intervene against their authors. Allegedly the perpetrators cannot be prosecuted because the website belongs to an American company and is not subject to Czech law.  full story

Vice-Mayor of Vsetín, Czech Republic says Roma tenants do not owe the town CZK 13 million

Vsetín, 2.6.2011 15:31, (ROMEA) Květoslava Othová, the Vice-Mayor of Vsetín, has corrected the information reported about the amount of debt owed the town by Roma residents of the Poschlá locality. Media recently reported that Roma tenants owed a staggering CZK 13 million, but that sum is the total amount owed by all defaulting tenants living anywhere on the town's territory since records were kept, not the sum owed by tenants in Poschlá.  full story

Czech Romanies moving to Britain

Jeseník, 26.11.2008 10:53, (ROMEA) The Czech Romany families evicted from the town of Vsetin to the houses in the Jesenik region have resolved their problems by moving to Britain, the local paper Sumpersky a Jesenicky denik (SJD) writes today.  full story

Czech Romanies doing better in Vsetin two years later

Vsetin, 16.9.2008 13:16, (ROMEA) Crime in the problematic centre of the north Moravian town Vsetin, largely inhabited by Romanies, has all but disappeared after the experiment proposed by former mayor Jiri Cunek two years ago was implemented, Czech daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) writes today.  full story

Vsetin to repair Romany family's house elsewhere in Moravia

Cechy pod Kosirem, North Moravia, 10.4.2008 17:09, (ROMEA/CTK) The Tulejs, a Romany family that lived in Vsetin, north Moravia, until the town moved them out and resettled in Cechy pod Kosirem, will keep living in their "new" house as the Vsetin hall will finance its repair, Cechy Mayor Zdenek Mader said today.  full story

Cunek returns to Czech government, Schwarzenberg stays in it

Prague, 1.4.2008 17:49, (ROMEA/CTK) Jiri Cunek, leader of the Czech Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL), is returning to the posts of deputy prime minister and local development minister he left last November over corruption allegations, Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek told journalists today.  full story

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