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Markus Pape

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Czech Republic marks five years since the anti-Romani unrest in the Šluknov foothills

4.8.2016 14:17 Do you remember the summer of 2011, when the Czech Republic was shaken by anti-Roma unrest that seemed to come out of nowhere? "It's not against the Roma," the main
actors involved, who came from the ranks of local politicians, said at the time when asked to describe what was happening.  full story

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Czech Republic: New expert witness provides yet another explanation why Romani man died after police intervention

30.7.2016 9:34 On Monday yet another hearing was held at the Sokolov District Court in the matter of the death of Ľudovit K. in the West Bohemian town of Kynšperk. The father of three young children died two days after being subjected to an intervention by two police officers in May 2012.
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Germany: Romani refugees at risk of deportation occupy cathedral in Regensburg

9.7.2016 20:48 On Tuesday, 5 July, a group of more than 40 Romani refugees from states in the Balkans occupied the cathedral in the Bavarian city of Regensburg on the Danube. The local Catholic parish has decided to leave the refugees in the building and is not requesting police to intervene.  full story

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Germany: Roma at risk of being returned to the Balkans continue to protest

11.6.2016 8:27 "Solidarity with Romani people expelled from the memorial dedicated to the Sinti and Roma murdered during Nazism" - under that slogan a demonstration was held on 3 June on the Alexanderplatz in Berlin. The plan was to occupy the memorial to the Roma Holocaust in the Tiergarten near the neighborhood in the German capital that houses all of the government offices.  full story

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Germany: Romani refugees occupy Berlin memorial to Roma murdered during Nazism, police intervene

29.5.2016 9:55 Last Sunday afternoon approximately 100 people occupied Berlin's memorial to the Romani and Sinti people who were murdered by the Nazis. The protest was held under the slogan "We Are Here".  full story

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Austrian neo-Nazi massacres festival-goers

24.5.2016 22:46 At the beginning of the week the Czech media briefly reported on an incident in the small town of Nenzing, Austria, where on Sunday morning a 27-year-old man, after a seemingly banal argument with his girlfriend, shot randomly into a crowd of people. Two men died on the spot and more than 10 people were injured.  full story

"Trial of the decade" to start in Budapest of men charged with murders of Roma people

Budapest, 22.3.2011 18:44, (ROMEA) State prosecutor rejects racial motivation, says series of murders prompted by "base motives"  full story

Romani Rose: States that collaborated with Nazi Germany have not come to grips with that past

Prague, 17.2.2011 18:44, (ROMEA) In an interview with the German daily Bonner General-Anzeiger published in mid-February, Romani Rose, chair of the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma, discussed the situation for his minority in Central and Eastern Europe. When asked why many Roma living in Bulgaria and Romania were better off before 1989, Rose said the same applied to many post-communist states.  full story

Commentary by Markus Pape: Racism, social exclusion and civic responsibility

Prague, 7.2.2011 19:09, (ROMEA) The small East Bohemian town of Nový Bydžov is seething. Mayor Pavel Louda has invited reinforcements from around the country for a joint discussion in mid-February on the "problem" of a particular ethnic minority and the need for legislative changes to address it. The invitation to the meeting, sent to the leadership of towns and villages nationwide, literally complains as follows: "Not only do we have these aliens here, they are making a mess in our towns and causing bad blood among people."  full story

Series of racist murders of Roma in Hungary unparalleled in present-day Europe

Budapest, 17.8.2010 18:51, (ROMEA) “Cowardly racist murders” – that’s what Romani Rose has called the recent attacks by neo-Nazis on Roma in Hungary. Rose was speaking on 2 August at the annual international commemoration at the site of the former extermination camp at Auschwitz. He went on to say the murders represented “a new dimension of the violence committed against this minority” and called on European governments to recognize Roma organizations as equal partners and to intensify cooperation with them.  full story

Markus Pape on the Czech media, discrimination and extremism

Prague, 5.5.2010 14:34, (ROMEA) The following piece is part of a series of editorials on the relationship of the media to the issue of right-wing extremism and reporting on the Roma minority, the topic of a round table series recently convened by the ROMEA association. Commentator and journalist Markus Pape spoke at this series on developments in the Czech media with respect to reporting on discrimination and extremism. In his view, the situation has improved compared to the 1990s, but a lack of investigative reporting remains a problem. We are publishing his lecture in full below:  full story

Moravian-Silesian courts failing to convict neo-Nazis

Prague, 15.4.2010 17:28, (ROMEA) The recent acquittal of the defendants in the Rýmařov disco attack is only one of many cases in which courts in the Moravian-Silesian region have failed to bring neo-Nazis to justice for their crimes. On Wednesday, 13 April 2010 the Ostrava Regional Court issued its ruling on the appeals filed by the defendants and the prosecution in the matter of an attack committed by 15 neo-Nazis on the Erna club in the Silesian town of Rýmařov. The only two perpetrators prosecuted were David Vaculík, who is in custody today awaiting trial for last year’s arson attack in Vítkov, and Tomáš Vassiov, who has been sentenced four times since the year 2000 for, among other crimes, felony racially motivated assault against members of the Roma community. Last November the District Court in Bruntál convicted both defendants in the Rýmařov case of rioting. One received a suspended prison sentence and the other two years in prison. The appeals court has now acquitted them. The case thus becomes one of the large number of neo-Nazi attacks for which the courts have failed to deliver convictions.  full story

Dresden: Civil disobedience victorious over the eternally “obedient”

Dresden, 16.2.2010 0:02, (ROMEA) On 13 February 2010, for the first time since 1998, people from across the democratic political spectrum prevented the largest-ever march by neo-Nazis in Europe. This victory was no accident, but occurred thanks to costly preparations and the difficult achievement of a consensus among the main camps of those opposed to Nazism. An analysis of these events can point the way toward how those in the Czech lands might also succeed in frustrating the intentions of local neo-Nazis to promote Nazism “for free” as part of court-permitted marches.  full story

Anna Siváková: It’s not enough to hope, you must believe

Vítkov, 30.10.2009 10:32, (ROMEA) This is an interview with Anna Siváková and Pavel Kudrik, the parents of Natálka, the little girl who almost burned to death in a murderous attack earlier this year. We spoke with them about their feelings after the attack, how the entire event has changed them, how and to what extent it has changed their family’s life, and about several myths that have developed about the case. The interview was painful, not only for Natálka’s parents, but also for us. However, we all agreed that it is good to share these experiences with the rest of the world so as to reveal the full extent of the horror and meaninglessness of the violence committed by racist fanatics. We discussed feelings and relationships with Ms Siváková and practical matters with Mr Kudrik.  full story

Workers’ Party leader in Ostrava a convicted violent criminal, information not included in Czech Government’s motion to dissolve the party

Prague, 28.10.2009 13:29, (ROMEA) Tomáš Vandas, chair of the Workers’ Party, (Dělnická strana - DS), is very insistent in claiming that none of his party’s functionaries have criminal records. He has even asked them all to sign declarations to that effect, and therefore does not see the slightest reason why his party should be banned. This insistence on clean records was behind his vehement protests when Patrik Vondrák, chair of the Prague DS cell, was recently arrested.  full story

Romani man, paralyzed after neo-Nazi attack, has to learn to speak all over again

Ostrava, 21.10.2009 5:55, (ROMEA) Yesterday at the Regional Court in Ostrava the proceedings against eight neo-Nazis charged with grievous bodily harm continued. The court heard testimony from defendants Karel Takáč, Michal Šebela, Libor Maceček, Martin Šebest, Josef Navrátil, Milan Kasl, Vlastislav Burda and an eighth defendant who is a minor. Since his name cannot therefore be publicized, Judge Lenka Čechová decided the proceedings would be closed.  full story

Defendants reject charges of an attempted pogrom against the Roma in Havířov

Ostrava/Havířov, 20.10.2009 9:04, (ROMEA) Yesterday the Regional Court in Ostrava opened its proceedings in the case of a racially motivated attack committed against several Roma in Havířov (Karvina district) last November by a group of neo-Nazis. A 17-year-old Romani youth suffered serious injuries and permanent damage as a result of the attack. One of the assailants was not yet 18 at the time, so the main trial is not open to the public. The public will have access when the verdict is announced.  full story

Attempted pogrom against the Roma in Havířov goes to trial this coming Monday

Ostrava/Havířov, 17.10.2009 14:36, (ROMEA) This coming Monday, the trial of several neo-Nazis for racially motivated attempted murder in Havířov will begin in Ostrava. One of their victims has suffered permanent injury as a result of the attack.  full story

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