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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

Czech PM says he will discuss Cunek with govt coalition partners

Prague, 11.4.2007 13:10, (CTK) Czech PM Mirek Toplanek (Civic Democrats, ODS) said today he will discuss the future of deputy PM and Local Development Minister Jiri Cunek (Christian Democrats, KDU-CSL) with representatives of the two junior government parties, the KDU-CSL and Greens."I will hold discussion with the Green Party as well as with eh the KDU-CSL," he said, adding that this reply is exhausting and that he can see no reason to communicate anything else.  full story

KDU-CSL leaders unlikely to persuade Czech deputy PM to resign

Prague, 10.4.2007 12:45, (CTK) A majority of members of the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) presidium do not intend to persuade party head Jiri Cunek to resign as deputy PM and local development minister, KDU-CSL deputy chairman Stanislav Juranek told CTK after a presidium meeting today.The party will not thus accommodate PM Mirek Topolanek (Civic Democrats, ODS) who would like the party to persuade Cunek to leave the government since he considers dismissal as the worst possible option.  full story

Cunek wants to debate his remaining in Czech govt with KDU first

Prague, 9.4.2007 16:11, (CTK) Czech Deputy PM and junior ruling Christian Democrat (KDU-CSL) head Jiri Cunek wants to discuss his further participation in the government with his party colleagues first on Tuesday, and a discussion with coalition partners should follow only afterwards, he said on public Czech Television today.  full story

Czech Romanies to lodge criminal complaint against deputy PM

Prague, 9.4.2007 15:39, (CTK) Czech Romany activists will lodge a criminal complaint against Deputy PM Jiri Cunek over his recent statements on Romanies by which they say he might have fomented hatred to Romany ethnicity, Monia Mihalickova, head of the Athinganoi association board, has told CTK.  full story

Czech PM prefers not having to sack Cunek, relies on KDU - press

Prague, 7.4.2007 13:47, (CTK) Czech PM Mirek Topolanek would consider it the worst possible alternative if he were forced to dismiss Jiri Cunek as deputy PM, and he would prefer Cunek's junior ruling Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) making their chairman leave by themselves, Topolanek says in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) today."I consider this [sacking of Cunek] a very bad option. I'd prefer it if the KDU-CSL persuaded its chairman itself," Topolanek told the daily.  full story

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