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Gwendolyn Albert

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International Roma Day celebrated in Chomutov despite animosity of the town leadership

Chomutov, 11.4.2009 17:38, (ROMEA) Despite the animosity of those at the top levels of local government, International Roma Day celebrations took place in the town of Chomutov. A traditional meeting at the "tree of reconciliation" took place in the Podkrušnohorský Zoo with the blessing of a Roman Catholic priest. The meeting was attended by Czech Human Rights and Minorities Minister Michael Kocáb and representatives of the US Embassy: First Secretary for Political Affairs Martin Strong, Second Secretary Lori Johnson and political specialist Helena Markusová.  full story

Czech Republic becoming a paradise for racists and neo-Nazis, former Ku Klux Klan head to visit

Prague, 11.4.2009 0:47, (ROMEA) According to the web server Tý, David Duke, once the leader of the racist Ku Klux Klan movement, is planning to visit the Czech Republic at the end of April. He is coming to promote his "cookbook" for contemporary racism, the web server reports. The book, "My Awakening", has been published in Czech translation by Kontingent Press, which introduced another treatise favored by anti-Semites, "The Turner Diaries", onto the Czech market last year.  full story

Extremists from the Workers' Party arguing with their own "counter-mayor" after only three days

Litvinov/Janov, 20.3.2009 11:24, (ROMEA) After three days in "virtual" office, the "counter-mayor" of Litvínov is in a heated dispute with the extremists who put him there. The Workers' Youth (Dělnická mládež - DM) civic association, which is the youth organization of the extremist Workers' Party, infiltrated by neo-Nazis, has published a declaration calling for an apology from the director of the Middle School for Gastronomy and Services. If she does not apologize by Friday, 20 March, the organization wants her to resign. As the server has already reported, "counter-mayor" Vladan Reňák has declared his sharp disagreement with the call and says its author has committed a crime.  full story

On Mayor Řápková's populism

Chomutov, 2.3.2009 13:20, (HN/ROMEA) Chomutov has a problem with rent defaulters, and Mayor Ivana Řápková wants to solve it. She has begun advocating that the town take a harsh approach towards those who owe it money. She also claims to want to protect debtors from loan sharks.  full story

Most Roma welcome the appointment of Michael Kocáb as minister

Prague, 23.1.2009 15:03, (ROMEA) Today at Prague Castle, Czech President Václav Klaus named the new members of the coalition government of Czech PM Mirek Topolánek (ODS). In addition to the four new ministers Daniela Filipiová (ODS), Petr Bendl (ODS), Michael Kocáb (for the Greens) and Pavel Svoboda (for KDU-ČSL), Klaus appointed, at Topolánek's request, Czech Defense Minister Vlasta Parkanová (KDU-ČSL) as Deputy Prime Minister and Cyril Svoboda (KDU-ČSL), previously Minister without portfolio, to the post of Minister for Regional Development. Members of the Roma community contacted by evaluated Kocáb's appointment as positive.  full story

New minister is a chance for change

Prague, 19.1.2009 16:50, (ROMEA) New brooms sweep well, they say - but sweeping isn't everything. What to do with the mess afterward? The new Human Rights Minister will be the one to give a new, correct direction to resolving the problems of coexistence and the realization of national minorities' rights. Coexistence between the Roma and the majority has never been considered good, neither in recent history nor in the distant past. According to a public opinion poll taken in 2006, 79 % of citizens questioned from the majority society expressed a negative view of the Roma. The current media icon of the state of that coexistence is the Janov housing estate in Litvínov. Unfortunately, there are many other such icons throughout the republic.  full story

Neo-Nazis attack young Romani man in Prague

Prague, 19.1.2009 16:03, (ROMEA/ In the early morning hours of Sunday, several neo-Nazis attacked a young Romani man in Prague. The attack took place in the vestibule of the Palmovka metro station, the news server reports.  full story

Kocab: I just love the Roma

Prague, 19.1.2009 16:01, (ROMEA/Dení As incoming Human Rights and Minorities Minister, Michael Kocáb wants to energetically plunge into precisely those matters which were the undoing of Džamila Stehlíková. In an interview for the internet server Dení, he has said that he loves the Roma.  full story

Open Letter: Reasons behind the proposal to remove Dr. Džamila Stehlíková from her ministerial post

Prague, 4.12.2008 16:35, (ROMEA) Honorable Prime Minister, During the past few days I have transmitted through the media the stance arrived at by a recent meeting of prominent members of the Romani community and activists regarding the latest developments concerning the Roma-occupied Janov housing estate, namely, that Madame Minister Džamila Stehlíková has not fulfilled her role, that she does not have a grasp of the situation, and that it would be appropriate for her to leave office, not only for Romani community matters to be addressed, but especially for them to be resolved.  full story

Neo-Nazis come to Dělnická strana demonstration armed, police detain 13

Prague, 28.10.2008 18:34, (ROMEA) This afternoon a gathering of supporters of the extreme right-wing Dělnická strana (DS) lasting roughly half an hour took place on Jiřího z Poděbrad square in Prague. The event took place under exceptional security measures on the part of the Prague police, due to which the gathering, billed as a "Day of National Unity", began later than originally scheduled. Speeches were given on the square by DS chair Tomáš Vandas and Vice-Chair Jiří Štěpánek only. Police estimated that 150-200 neo-Nazis attended.  full story

Extremists gather in Prague

Prague, 28.10.2008 10:48, (ROMEA) Two extreme right-wing groups, the Dělnická strana (DS) and the Národní strana (NS), want to exploit today's 90th anniversary of the creation of an independent Czechoslovakia by holding demonstrations in Prague. DS supporters will gather in the afternoon on Jiřího z Poděbrad square, while NS supporters will gather in the early evening on Wenceslas Square. Police have evaluated the DS event as high-risk, as the party is connected with ultra-right wing and neo-Nazi groups such as Národní odpor ("National Resistance" - NO).  full story

Romale, start your own "home defense" against pogroms

Litvínov/Janov, 20.10.2008 19:46, (ROMEA) According to Minister Ivan Langer, it is perfectly in order for Nazis and fascists to operate paramilitary organizations here. There is, therefore, no reason why you, the Roma, should not have them as well. The state evidently is losing the ability and will to protect you against pogroms. You should therefore defend yourselves. Everyone has the right to self-defense.  full story

Another attack on Roma, once again the police say it is not about racism

Kozolupy (Beroun), 15.9.2008 10:20, (ROMEA) The aftermath of a fire at a caravan in Kozolupy in the Beroun district, set by an anonymous perpetrator, is proving contentious. Those living nearby are unhappy that the police are investigating the incident only as a misdemeanor even though more than 20 people's lives were at risk and they see the attack as having been targeted against the Roma residents in the neighborhood. The police, however, disagree.  full story

Truth to power

Prague, 4.8.2008 13:09, (Prague Post) For the past four years, I have been involved in helping the survivors of coercive sterilization in the Czech Republic in their struggle to win government redress for the harms they suffered, and prevent such violations from ever occurring in Czech hospitals again. Together with local and international NGOs, women from the Roma community in Ostrava in particular have persevered in this quest, despite minimal resources and support. Their one ally is the Czech public defender of rights (the ombudsman), whose recommendations made in 2005 remain unimplemented by the government, despite calls by the government's own advisory bodies to acknowledge responsibility for the violations, apologize to the victims and provide compensation.  full story

He was sniffing toluene, so they set him on fire

Hodonin, 30.10.2007 16:51, (ROMEA/MF DNES) The four young men did not know 26-year-old Jan Tóth when they brutally attacked him this past May behind the Centrum department store in Hodonín. They say the Rom was sniffing toluene and they don't like drug addicts.  full story

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