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Jitka Votavová

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Open letter of resignation from NAPIV team to Czech PM Nečas and Education Minister Dobeš

Prague, 31.5.2011 19:59, (ROMEA) More than 50 experts have resigned from a Czech Education Ministry Working Group tasked with designing a plan for improving the education of disadvantaged children. The primary reason for their resignation is their view that Czech Education Minister Josef Dobeš (Public Affairs) is not devoting sufficient attention to this topic and has taken no concrete steps to support either disabled or Roma pupils. The experts resigning are from various organizations, such as the Czech branch of Amnesty International, People in Need, IQ Roma servis and other NGOs, as well as representatives of the Pedagogical Faculty of Charles University in Prague.  full story

Czech Republic: Neo-Nazis taking over public spaces - through dance

Ostrava, 31.5.2011 16:36, (ROMEA) A new entertainment is spreading among Czech neo-Nazis, following the model of their Russian counterparts. In Ostrava and other cities, groups of neo-Nazis are dancing in public spaces to electronic music. Recently many video recordings have been posted to the internet of these dancing sprees.  full story

White Americans said to view racism as a zero-sum game

USA, 26.5.2011 17:57, (ROMEA) According to a new study by two US researchers, American whites believe they are now more discriminated against because of their race than their Afro-American fellow citizens. The new study, entitled "Whites See Racism as a Zero-sum Game that They Are Now Losing", reveals surprising results.  full story

Exorbitant residential hotel rents protested in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

Karlovy Vary, 26.5.2011 17:25, (ROMEA) Eighty people living in municipally-owned residential hotels in Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) have petitioned the town leadership over its exorbitant rents, but town councilors will not be reducing the rates. The protest was supported by the humanitarian organization People in Need (Člověk v tísni) and the Roma organization Khamoro.  full story

30 000 excluded children in Czech Republic at risk of segregated education

Prague, 26.5.2011 16:32, (ROMEA) As many as 30 000 children live in excluded localities in the Czech Republic, as a result of which they are more likely to be educated at "special schools" or institutionalized. New Education Ministry decrees could improve the situation, but the ministry is not actively advocating measures to support disadvantaged children, according to the participants in a conference today in Prague on including Roma children in mainstream education. The conference is part of the World Roma Festival Khamoro.  full story

"Art against Segregation" conference in Prague opens tomorrow

Prague, 26.5.2011 15:17, (ROMEA) Tomorrow a conference will take place in Prague in connection with an exhibition entitled "The Ministry of Education warns: Segregation seriously harms you and those around you" ("Ministerstvo školství varuje: Segregace vážně škodí Vám i lidem ve Vašem okolí"). The aim of the conference is to demonstrate the problematic repercussions of the segregation of Roma children in various cultural and geographic contexts, as well as to present various works of art against racism and the social exclusion of Roma people. The works discuss both explicit and hidden racism and offer a different view of the Roma community itself.  full story

Online debater convicted in Czech Republic of death threats against Roma moderator

Prague, 11.5.2011 14:50, (ROMEA) Martin Kubák, known online under the nickname Kraxna, was sentenced yesterday by the Prague 5 District Court to a four-month prison sentence, suspended for one year. Starting in August 2009 he sent dozens of threatening e-mails to Patrik Banga, an online discussion administrator for news server In addition to racist vulgarities, the e-mails include death threats against Banga and his son. Kubák started harassing Banga after his access to internet discussions was blocked because his vulgarity violated the news server's rules for discussion. The verdict is the first of its kind in the Czech Republic.  full story

New world campaign to "Shut the Pig Farm" launched over Czech Roma Holocaust site

Lety u Písku, 20.4.2011 20:36, (ROMEA) The Roma Association Forum (Romské sdružení Forum) is launching an international campaign called "Zrušte vepřín" ("Shut the Pig Farm"). The main aim of the campaign is to try to pressure the Czech government into immediately removing an industrial pig farm from the site of a former concentration camp for Roma people at Lety by Písek. The press release of the launch reads as follows:  full story

US: Neo-Nazi demonstration prompts revulsion among local residents

Pemberton Borough/Trenton, 20.4.2011 19:52, (ROMEA) News server reports on recent dramatic events in Pemberton Borough, New Jersey. A group of 25 or more members of the National Socialist Movement (NSM), the largest neo-Nazi movement in the US, were meeting in a local club when members of the Anti-Racist Association (ARA) assembled outside and began shouting at the NSM members dining inside. The neo-Nazis left the club to confront them and a brawl began.  full story

New Hungarian Constitution reflects fascist tendencies

Bern/Berlin/Budapest, 20.4.2011 16:59, (ROMEA) On Monday, the Hungarian Parliament adopted a new Constitution which makes references to God and the tradition of the Crown of St. Stephen. The new Constitution strengthens the power of the governing Fidesz Party (Union of Young Democrats) and Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán in a fundamental way. Orbán proposed the newly adopted text. German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reports that this means the Hungarian PM has now enshrined the spirit of ideology and intolerance into national law. Germany daily Allgemeine Zeitung reports that Orbán himself personally drafted the new Constitution.  full story

Czech mayor fights crime by collectively blaming Roma

Nový Bydžov, 27.11.2010 18:46, (ROMEA) The town hall of Nový Bydžov, Czech Republic has announced a "war on Gypsies" after several muggings and a rape were reported there. According to a statement on the town's official website, a special security commission is in place and there are plans to strengthen the municipal police.  full story

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