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NGO representatives from 20 countries attend ODIHR/OSCE round table on monitoring demonstrations and keeping them nonviolent

6.1.2017 8:06 Last month the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) held a three-day round table on the topic of monitoring public assemblies and demonstrations during which representatives of nonprofits from 20 countries, including a representative of the ROMEA organization in the Czech Republic, presented their experiences with monitoring demonstrations and working with local authorities and police during public assemblies. Roughly 35 representatives from 20 countries worldwide attended.  full story

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Czech musician minimizes his neo-Nazi past, but there is proof of his present links to right-wing extremists

20.12.2016 21:24 In a recent interview with radio anchor Zuzana Bubílková, Tomáš Hnídek Ortel downplayed the political significance of his band, Ortel, more than once and was intentionally vague about his own long-ago past and the band's more recent associations. Ortel asserts that he has nothing to do with the neo-Nazi movement today.  full story

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Filip Sivák: Critical thinking is the greatest benefit of an education

15.12.2016 0:07 On 9 December, the ROMEA organization handed out its traditional Romano Suno awards for the Literary Competition for Romani Students at the American Center in Prague. The contest was announced on the occasion of International Romani Language Day.  full story

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Militant Bulgarian nationalists visited the Czech Parliament this year

12.11.2016 9:14 Several of the anti-Islam demonstrations held at the end of the summer in the Czech Republic featured members of the Bulgarian ultra-nationalist party Shipka and Bulgarian paramilitary units known as the Military Union of Vasil Levski standing side by side with the Czech Islamophobic movements. The Bulgarian paramilitary units are infamous for their militant clothing, knives, pepper spray and truncheons worn while chasing refugees at the Bulgarian-Turkish border who are attempting to enter Europe through Bulgarian territory.  full story

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Czech Republic: Romani high school students receive scholarships at ceremony, sponsors are convinced education is an investment

27.10.2016 6:16 "The fact that we are here today, and that the hall is full to the last seat, is a testament to the fact that the allegations that Romani people are not interested in education are a myth. By coming here today, you are aiding in dispelling that myth. We thank you for doing that," said Jitka Votavová, who coordinates ROMEA's Scholarship Program for Romani Students of High Schools and Higher Vocational Schools on Monday, 24 October at the opening of the celebratory gathering of scholarship recipients at the Kaiserstein Palace in Prague.
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Czech Republic: Roma seek scholarships for secondary education, plan to become architects, computer experts, doctors and police

21.7.2016 11:04 Friday, 15 July was the last day for Romani pupils in the Czech Republic to apply to the ROMEA organization for a scholarship to attend either an academic or vocational high school. A total of 105 people applied and the 50 most-successful candidates will be awarded support.  full story

Help win support from Vodafone

Prague, 16.10.2012 7:26, (ROMEA) Dear, esteemed readers,  full story

Czech Republic: Drunks give Nazi salute, assault cops, destroy cars

Lišov, 13.9.2012 0:21, (ROMEA) Last Friday, three drunken ethnic Czechs shouted Nazi slogans, gave the Nazi salute, and smashed up cars and municipal property in the South Bohemian town of Lišov near České Budějovice. The main aggressor in the incident has been remanded into custody.  full story

Czech Republic: Neo-Nazis brutally attack bus passengers

Plzeň, 12.9.2012 21:58, (ROMEA) This past Sunday evening, two ethnic Czechs riding a nighttime service bus in Plzeň began shouting Nazi slogans and giving the Nazi salute. When another passenger shouted back at them, they assaulted him, bashing his head against the glass of the rear window and going on to vulgarly insult another passenger of Vietnamese origin. The Plzeňský deník reports that police who were called to the scene intervened.  full story

Czech Republic: Romani activist, on trial for fraud, rejects charges

Karlovy Vary, 31.8.2012 21:24, (ROMEA) Next month the trial in the matter of the Romani Civic Association Karlovy Vary (Romské občanské sdružení Karlovy Vary - ROS KV) is scheduled to take place. Alexandra Vaňková, spokesperson for the Regional Court in Plzeň, has confirmed the scheduling of the trial to the Czech daily Právo. The chair of the association, Ladislav Bílý, will be answering charges of subsidy fraud, for which he face up to 10 years in prison. Bílý previously told news server that he rejects the charges.  full story

New campaign highlights prejudices of Czech public against Romani people

Brno/Prague, 31.7.2012 22:56, (ROMEA) On Wednesday, 1 August, the organization IQ Roma servis will launch a new campaign that aims to draw attention to the continually deteriorating attitude of the Czech public toward Romani people. The project, entitled "Romani people work and want to" is continuing the theme of last year's campaign, "The Invisibles", and is responding to a situation in which Romani individuals are continually forced to face discrimination and the humiliation of being the targets of collective, negative prejudices, such as the ideas that Romani people do not work, live only on welfare, do not want to work, are not reliable workers, etc. Right-wing extremist or populist political groups have been exploiting Romani people in order to draw media attention; recent examples are the ultra-right events convened in Brno, Břeclav, Krupka, Nový Bydžov, etc.  full story

Czech Republic: DSSS extremists march in support of racist murderer

Svitavy, 21.7.2012 17:28, (ROMEA) Approximately 130 extremists and neo-Nazis from the Workers' Social Justice Party (Dělnická strana sociální spravedlnosti - DSSS) marched through the town of Svitavy in the Czech Republic this afternoon. Their march was intended to express support for the imprisoned racist murderer, Vlastimil Pechanec, who was convicted in 2003 of the racially motivated murder of a Romani man in Svitavy, Ota Absolon, and sentenced to 17 years in prison. Dozens of police officers were on the scene and a special forces riot unit of the South Moravian Regional Police traveled to Svitavy to enforce security. Invitations to the event were published on the website of the right-wing extremist DSSS and on the neo-Nazi website of the National Resistance (Národní odpor).  full story

Czech Republic: Audience members attacked after neo-Nazi concert

Brno, 15.7.2012 18:31, (ROMEA) Police spokesperson Andrea Straková has told the press that eight masked attackers assaulted three men and a woman from Chrudim yesterday evening after a concert by the neo-Nazi band Sons of Bohemia. The assailants fled the scene. Police are investigating the incident.  full story

Czech Police charge activist Jan Šinágl with genocide denial

Prague, 11.7.2012 21:01, (ROMEA) The Czech Police have launched the prosecution of the well-known activist Jan Šinágl, charging him with the crime of denying, approving and justifying genocide. Officers said the defendant has published two articles on his website in which he "brutally denied the crimes committed by the Nazis against the Czech nation on the territory of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia during the period after Reinhard Heydrich became Reichsprotektor in 1941 and in the aftermath of his assassination".  full story

Exhibition maps Romani image in Czech media and the modern history of Jewish and Romani people

Prague, 23.3.2012 19:24, (ROMEA) The public benefit corporation OPONA is presenting an Exhibition against Racism as part of the Lucerna complex's event against racism which opened this week. The exhibit is on display in the Lucerna complex on Wenceslas Square in Prague in the area between the cinema and the entrance to the concert hall. The exhibition features 20 panels on how the Czech media approaches the Romani issue and the basics of the modern history of Jewish and Romani people. It will be on display until the end of April.  full story

Czech Republic: Young Romani man from Havířov still seeks justice

Ostrava, 23.3.2012 18:54, (ROMEA) Today the Regional Court in Ostrava handed down three sentences without possibility of parole and three suspended sentences in the case of a group of young racists who attacked several Romani people in Havířov on the night of 8 November 2008. One youth was seriously injured in those attacks, suffering cranial injuries. He now has mental problems and is partially paralyzed. An expert witness has testified that if doctors had not operated on him successfully, he would have died.  full story

Patrik Banga harshly criticizes Romani people on Czech Television's "Hyde Park"

Prague, 22.3.2012 18:15, (ROMEA) Yesterday Patrik Banga, a contributor to news server and an administrator of the web server, was a guest of television station ČT24's "Hyde Park" program, where he harshly criticized Romani people and discussed the causes of their situation in the Czech Republic. Banga also criticized the Czech schools, in particular the practice through which Romani children end up in "special education", and generalizations that tar all Romani people with the same brush. Banga also does not like the populist behavior of some politicians, including mayors. He also discussed the behavior of the Czech media. The program is available online (in Czech only) here:  full story

Czech court overturns suspended sentences for banner reading "Europe, Rise Up!"

Brno, 1.3.2012 20:30, (ROMEA) Yesterday the Municipal Court in Brno acquitted three supporters of the radical Workers' Youth (Dělnická mládež - DM) group of charges of promoting extremism. The three had originally been given suspended sentences for carrying a banner at the head of last year's 1 May demonstration reading "Europe, Rise up!" (Evropo povstaň!) The slogan was said to have been a Nazi reference. Today the trio told the court they had not intended to break any laws, and the court came to the conclusion that they had not crossed the line.  full story

Czech Republic: DSSS member arrested for promoting a movement to suppress human rights

Kladno, 4.2.2012 0:28, (ROMEA) Yesterday police officers arrested and charged Michaela Dupová, a member of the Workers' Social Justice Party (Dělnická strana sociální spravedlnosti - DSSS) and a former leader of the neo-Nazi group Resistance Women Unity, for wearing tattoos of banned extremist symbols. She faces up to three years in prison for promoting and supporting a movement aimed at suppressing human rights and freedoms. The court will decide whether she should be remanded into custody.  full story

Šluknov politicians still tackling problems with Czech Govt Agency for Social Inclusion in Roma Localities

Prague, 3.2.2012 21:24, (ROMEA) Politicians from the Šluknov foothills have met with the Czech Government Agency for Social Inclusion in Roma Localities to air their grievances about their collaboration. Last week at a meeting with MPs on the Security Committee of the Czech lower house, the politicians harshly criticized the Agency, but today all parties reportedly spoke in more conciliatory tones  full story

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