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The story of Magdalena Karvayová

Prague, 2.10.2014 19:50, (ROMEA) The case of Magdalena Karvayová is a prime example of how Czech society generates its own problems in coexistence with the Romani minority by allowing prejudices to be crudely projected into its education system. "At school a boy grabbed me in the hallway and pushed my head into a toilet bowl. When I told the teacher what happened, she told me not to complain and made me sit down," Karvayová tells us.  full story

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Czech NGO says Romani women are unemployed because they have low self-esteem

Brno, 30.9.2014 22:30, (ROMEA) A wooden spoon in one hand, a child in the other and an education that helps her figure out where to buy the cheapest yogurt at the most. That, according to experts, is the position of women in Romani households.  full story

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Czech Republic: Romani local candidate says racism poses the same threat as Fascism

Prostějov, 28.9.2014 20:33, (ROMEA) News server Romea.cz has prepared a series of brief interviews with Romani candidates in the upcoming local elections. This interview is with 18-year-old Ondřej Provazník, a candidate with the ANO movement in Prostějov.  full story

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Almost half of all Roma in Slovakia are integrated, others live without sewerage

Bratislava, Slovakia, 23.7.2014 0:17, (ROMEA) News server Romovia.sme.sk reports that currently almost half of the roughly 402 000 Romani people in Slovakia live in integrated neighborhoods among the majority population. More than 95 000 Romani people reside on the outskirts of municipalities, 74 000 in segregated settlements, and roughly 46 000 in ghettos on the territory of towns or villages.  full story

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Documentary film review: "All My Children"

Prague, 17.7.2014 20:00, (ROMEA) "All My Children" (Všetky moje deti), a documentary by Slovak director Ladislav Kaboš, captures the charismatic priest Marián Kuffa and the unusual aid he provides to Romani people. His aim is not to give them what they lack free of charge, but to teach them to help themselves.  full story

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Czech social housing responsibility may shift to municipalities

Prague, 15.7.2014 23:02, (ROMEA) Who should provide social housing? Should municipalities be obligated by law to provide social housing for their residents?  full story

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French court imprisons group of Roma for forcing children to steal

Prague, 7.7.2014 22:18, (ROMEA) A court in Paris sent a group of Roma from Romania to prison for up to eight years today after convicting them of forcing their children to steal mobile telephones and wallets on the streets of the French capital. The harsh punishments, including prison sentences and fines of EUR 30 000, included the traffickers who sold the stolen items on the black market.  full story

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Fourth year of Roma Spirit awards begins

Prague, 7.7.2014 0:05, (ROMEA) Otevřená společnost, o.p.s. (Open Society, o.p.s.) and the Michael Kocáb Foundation are announcing the fourth annual 2014 Roma Spirit awards in the Czech Republic (formerly known as Gypsy Spirit). The mission of the awards is to appreciate and popularize the active efforts of everyone who contributes toward improving the situation of Romani people in the Czech Republic.  full story

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Hate violence and Romani people in the Czech Republic

Prague, 4.7.2014 16:34, (ROMANO VOĎI) According to research by the European Commission, 32 % of Romani people living in the Czech Republic have been physically assaulted or threatened with such an attack because of their nationality. Almost two-thirds of Romani assault victims never reported the attack.  full story

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Czech mayor says he hopes Roma newcomers will leave his town soon

Dolní Poustevna, 27.6.2014 23:38, (ROMEA) The mayors of villages throughout the Šluknov foothills recently sent a letter to the Czech Prime Minister asking the state for help and warning that last year's hate marches against Romani people could be repeated again this summer. During the summer of 2011, neo-Nazis convened a series of marches in towns throughout northern Bohemia and outraged citizens from the region, which is afflicted with high unemployment, threatening to lynch Romani people there.  full story

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History of an excluded Romani locality in a rich Czech town

České Budějovice, 27.6.2014 22:43, (ROMEA) Exactly one year ago, the town of České Budějovice became proof that social unrest wasn't only happening in troubled areas in the north of the Czech Republic. Czech Radio reports that a study released by the Czech Government Agency for Social Inclusion now shows how this town, one of the wealthiest in the country, became the scene of violent street clashes last year.  full story

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Czech town revives housing estate through employment policy

Most, 26.6.2014 23:21, (ROMEA) The infamous housing estate of Chanov on the outskirts of the Czech town of Most has improved its reputation in recent years. The housing estate now features newly-plastered buildings, cleaning crews that shuttle through the grounds, and relative calm.  full story

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Teenagers in Czech survey say Roma, "whites" both to blame for tensions

Frýdlantský foothills area, Czech Republic, 20.6.2014 21:23, (ROMEA) Both the majority population and the Romani minority are responsible for current tensions in the Czech Republic. That response was given by 66.1 % of the teenagers participating in a recent survey, part of a project called "Together against Prejudice" in the Frýdlantský foothills area that involved a series of discussions called "The Romani (?) Puzzle".  full story

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Commentary: Active, emancipated Roma by 2020 is goal of Czech strategy

Prague, 20.6.2014 17:12, (ROMEA) Government strategies are not usually the most attractive or readable of texts. As far as the position of Romani people is concerned, readers can find many government documents have been produced already, including the Strategy for the Fight against Social Exclusion or the Strategy for Social Inclusion.  full story

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Czech President's rude wisecrack tars all Roma with the same brush

Prague, 20.6.2014 15:45, (ROMEA) Several Czech media outlets have reported that a Romani woman who asked Czech President Miloš Zeman when members of her community would get decent housing received the following wisecrack in response: "We need to clarify what is meant by the concept of decent housing. It means that I don't trash the apartment I am paying for. I don't tear up the floorboards to make a little fire, I don't remove the windows, I don't turn the hallways into a dump. The right to decent housing also means the obligation to reside somewhere decently. It's sincerely all the same to me whether someone is non-Romani or Romani. We must measure everyone according to the same standards. Someone either knows how to reside somewhere and get along with their neighbors or doesn't, and when they don't, they lose their entitlement.  full story

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Czech Senate likely to reject European Commission's urging on Romani measures

Prague, 9.6.2014 17:43, (ROMEA) The Czech Senate is evidently planning to object to the European Commission instructing the Member States on specific measures for the social inclusion of Romani people. The upper chamber's EU Committee has recommended the Commission's instructions to that body.  full story

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Czech Republic: "Slaves of Justice", about Hungarian hate crime trial, performed this Sunday

Prague, 23.5.2014 19:06, (ROMEA) "Slaves of Justice" is a musical cabaret show based on a 1 200-page transcript of an actual trial and more than 100 hours of testimony, in which 12 laypersons rule on a case from real life. This third documentary project by the PanoDrama group examines the judiciary with a special emphasis on minorities.  full story

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Czech Republic: Activists blockading pig farm at Lety where WWII-era camp for Roma once stood

Lety u Písku, 13.5.2014 19:20, (ROMEA) In Lety by Písek today, activists began a blockade of the pig farm standing on the site of what once was a forced labor camp for Romani people. The surviving relatives of the victims of the Romani Holocaust have long been calling for the pig farm to be removed and its location has also been criticized by the UN.  full story

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