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Daniel Herman, spokesperson for the Christian Democrats in the Czech Republic (2013). Photo:   ÚSTR
Daniel Herman, spokesperson for the Christian Democrats in the Czech Republic (2013). Photo: ÚSTR

Czech Christian Democrats: Ethnic origin must never be a parameter for judging anyone

Prague, 8.11.2013 1:02, (ROMEA) In a recent interview for the anti-Romani tabloid periodical Parlamentní listy, Czech Senator Jiří Čunek has once again expressed his peculiar approach toward Romani people. Čunek told the tabloid that he would like to be appointed by the party to a cabinet post so he could address the issue of Romani people.  full story

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Commentary: Are Czech academics and politicians giving cover to neo-Nazis?

Prague, 7.8.2013 15:44, (ROMEA) Prior to this past weekend's neo-Nazi demonstration in Vítkov, sociologist Jan Keller participated in a press briefing convened by the Moravian-Silesian Regional Police on the issue. His controversial comments there have prompted a great deal of response (video of the briefing, in Czech only, is available at  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

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Czech mayor, fearing theft, rejects Romani volunteers

Nový Bor, 21.11.2012 20:21, (ROMEA) The town hall in Nový Bor has rejected a group of Romani residents who have offered to clean up a local cemetery before winter. The mayor is afraid they would steal something.  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

Uhl leaves Govt Human Rights Council, also over Cunek case

Prague, 20.4.2007 20:01, (CTK) Petr Uhl, a well-known former Czechoslovak pre-November 1989 dissident, told CTK today that he has left the Czech Government Human Rights Council also over what he called "xenophobic stands of Deputy PM Jiri Cunek."Uhl was the council's member from early 2006.  full story

Cunek's case neuralgic point of Czech politics - press

Prague, 20.4.2007 12:11, (CTK) The case of Christian Democrat (KDU-CSL) leader and Deputy Prime Minister Jiri Cunek is gradually becoming a neuralgic point of the rather empty political scene, most recently concerning the Romany issue, Ondrej Hejma writes in the latest issue of the weekly Reflex.  full story

Sociologists critical of Vsetin Romanies resettlement

Vsetin, 19.4.2007 20:35, (CTK) The town hall of Vsetin did not act correctly when it moved local Romanies to two container-like houses on the town outskirts last autumn, according to an analysis Brno's Masaryk University has worked out at the request of the Czech government.  full story

Supporters of Czech deputy PM protest outside Vsetin Town Hall

Vsetin, 19.4.2007 20:02, (CTK) Almost 2000 supporters of Czech Deputy PM Jiri Cunek (Christian Democrats, KDU-CSL, chairman) today met outside the Vsetin Town Hall in protest against the investigation into the alleged corruption of which Cunek, former Vsetin mayor, is accused.  full story

Czech govt's "Romany" council makes no recommendation on Cunek

Prague, 19.4.2007 16:44, (CTK) The Czech government's council for Romany community affairs did not issue any recommendation on how the government should proceed in relation to deputy PM Jiri Cunek (Christian Democrats, KDU-CSL) over his controversial statements about Romanies.Cunek explained to the council his statements as well as his idea of dealing with the Romany issue.  full story

Czech Romanies file complaint against deputy prime minister

Cheb, 16.4.2007 17:33, (CTK) Fourteen Romany organisations and 100 individuals have filed a criminal complaint against Czech Deputy Prime Minister Jiri Cunek (Christian Democrats, KDU-CSL) for his statements that Romanies believe defame them, chairwoman of the Athinganoi group Monika Mihalickova told CTK today.By his statement that if a person in the Czech Republic wants to receive state support he or she "should get sunburnt, make a mess with their family and put up fires on the squares," Cunek could have instigated hatred towards the Romany minority and limit their rights and freedoms, she said.  full story

Czech KDU-CSL leader insists on his involvement in Romany affairs

Prague, 15.4.2007 17:02, (CTK) Czech Deputy Prime Minister and Christian Democrat leader Jiri Cunek believes that in his capacity he has the right to take part in the solution to all problems, including those relating to Romanies, Cunek told the commercial television station Prima today.Earlier this year, Cunek angered Romanies by his having spoken in the tabloid Blesk about "sunburnt people," alluding to Romanies' skin colour, who "make mess with their family and put up fires on town squares."  full story

Cunek to be dismissed only if Czech coalition does not break down

Prague, 15.4.2007 13:58, (CTK) Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek will only be willing to dismiss Czech Deputy Prime Minister and Christian Democrat leader Jiri Cunek if the step does not threaten the coalition, Topolanek told the public broadcaster Czech Television (CT) today.If there is no agreement with the Christian Democrats, it will be nonsense to dismiss Cunek, Topolanek said.  full story

KDU-CSL rejects Czech Greens' demand that Cunek should go

Prague, 14.4.2007 19:43, (CTK) The Greens' demand that Czech Deputy Prime Minister and Local Development Minister Jiri Cunek (the Christian Democrats, KDU-CSL) should leave the government goes beyond the framework of the coalition agreement, KDU-CSL deputy chairman Roman Linek told CTK today.According to the agreement, the composition of the government is a matter of Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek and leaders of the relevant parties, not of an agreement of all coalition partners, Linek said.  full story

Czech Greens insist on departure of Christian Democrat leader

Prague, 14.4.2007 18:09, (CTK) The Czech Greens still insist on the departure of Deputy Prime Minister and Local Development Minister Jiri Cunek (the Christian Democrats, KDU-CSL) from the government, Greens leader Martin Bursik told journalists today.  full story

Supporters of Czech deputy PM Cunek plan protests

Vsetin/Prerov, north Bohemia/Prague, 13.4.2007 13:08, (CTK) Supporters of Czech deputy PM Jiri Cunek (Christian Democrats, KDU-CSL, chairman) who is accused of corruption plan to stage three protest meetings in Prague, Vsetin and Prerov to point to allegedly unacceptable steps in Cunek's prosecution and investigation into his case, protest organiser Zbynek Horvath told CTK today.  full story

"Pro-Romany" demonstrations in fact harm unadaptable groups-press

Prague, 13.4.2007 10:49, (CTK) Wednesday demonstration "in support of Romanies" in Prague was useless or even counter-productive as it further encouraged their feeling of self-regret and their conviction that other people are to blame for their unfavourable position in Czech society, the daily Lidove noviny says today.  full story

Czech ministers distances himself from extremists' support

Prague, 12.4.2007 16:04, (CTK) Deputy Prime Minister and Christian Democrat (KDU-CSL) chairman Jiri Cunek today distanced himself from the support that representatives of neo-Nazi, xenophobic and ultra-right forces expressed to him for his position on Romanies."My behaviour has never had racist or xenophobic motives. On the contrary, I have always sought an equal approach to all," Cunek says in a press statement.  full story

All Czech coalition parties could pay for ousting of Cunek-press

Prague, 12.4.2007 10:06, (CTK) Deputy PM Jiri Cunek's forced withdrawal from the cabinet is a difficult puzzle for all three Czech coalition parties that could be seriously rocked amid a government crisis that might break out if Cunek did not resign by himself, analyst Jiri Pehe says in Pravo today.Cunek, head of the junior ruling Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL), has faced criticism over his controversial statements on Romanies. In addition he has been prosecuted on suspicion of corruption, for which not only the opposition but also the junior ruling Greens (SZ) demand his departure.  full story

Romany activists hiss off Czech deputy PM Cunek

Prague, 11.4.2007 13:33, (CTK) Czech deputy PM Jiri Cunek (Christian Democrat, KDU-CSL, chairman) was hissed off by some 100 Romany activists and NGOs representatives at a demonstration calling for his resignation over abusive words on Romanies, staged outside the Government Office today.Demonstrators also chanted the slogan "Resignation, resignation!"Cunek, who is also senator and Local Development Minister, talked to journalists present on the spot and to a couple of demonstrators. However, Romany activists refused to speak with him.  full story

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