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Slovak television drama features plot line on the sterilization of Romani women

Prague, 1.6.2011 14:36, (ROMEA) A serial featuring fictional stories of doctors' errors and flaws that are inspired by real events will be coming to Czech viewers on the Prima channel. The serial will address controversial themes, such as corruption, doctors' lack of professionalism, and the sterilization of Roma women.  full story

Czech Television program about Roma children nominated for EU's Civis Media Prize

Prague, 20.5.2011 17:48, (ROMEA) The "Ptáčata" television serial, which won the Gypsy Spirit 2010 award as Action of the Year, has also scored points in the EU's competition for radio and television programming for integration, the Civis Media Prize. The unique documentary serial produced by Czech Television, which was also the country's first "docu-soap", tells the stories of children living on the outskirts of society - both happy and sad stories, and above all, authentic ones.  full story

Czech NGO helps Roma people help each other stay out of prison

Prague, 20.5.2011 14:30, (ROMEA) The Prague-based non-government non-profit organization Association for Probation and Mediation in Justice (Sdružení pro probaci a mediaci v justici) is running a project called "Roma Helping Roma" through which the group has ensured its successful Mentor service will continue and develop. This service contributes toward more effective work with Roma clients of the Probation and Mediation Services of the Czech Republic, i.e., Roma people who have been or may be sentenced to alternative measures or punishments. In 2009, the Mentor service won a prestige award in a competition for innovative projects in the area of criminal justice, the Crystal Scales of Justice, a joint project of the European Commission and the Council of Europe. "Roma Helping Roma" started on 1 May 2011 and will run for 30 months.  full story

Czech NGOs disconcerted by official report on extremism

Prague, 19.5.2011 17:04, (ROMEA) Yesterday the Government of the Czech Republic took note of the official "Report on the Fight against Extremism on the Territory of the Czech Republic for 2010" and simultaneously evaluated and updated its "Concept for the Fight against Extremism". Three NGOs participating in a Czech Interior Ministry Working Group on this issue are hereby publishing a joint statement on both the Concept and the Report in an effort to draw attention to problematic claims made by the documents and to emphasize positive steps being taken by the state.  full story

Czech Helsinki Committee: Education Minister and his neo-fascist adviser should resign

Prague, 4.5.2011 15:00, (ROMEA) New facts have come to light about Ladislav Bátora, an adviser at the Czech Education Ministry, and the Czech Helsinki Committee is sharply criticizing his engagement there. "It is completely unacceptable that an adviser to the minister responsible for an education system based on democratic principles be a person of fascist opinions, not to mention ties that directly link him to anti-Semitism and neo-fascism," the Czech Helsinki Committee's declaration reads. News server Romea.cz publishes the declaration in full below.  full story

ENAR: Time to say a loud NO to neo-Nazis in the Czech Republic!

Brussels/Prague, 1.5.2011 4:19, (ROMEA) Brusel / Praha, 29.4.2011 10:42, (ROMEA)The European Network against Racism (ENAR) and ENAR Czech Republic are very disturbed by the rise in neo-Nazi demonstrations and events in recent months in the Czech Republic. In advance of the upcoming neo-Nazi demonstration planned for 1 May 2011 in Brno, ENAR is calling on the City of Brno and the Czech Government to take a firm position on right-wing extremism and this blatant incitement to hatred.  full story

Czech Greens to Interior Minister: Intervene against the neo-Nazi march

Brno, 27.4.2011 20:19, (ROMEA) The Green Party (Strana zelených) is calling on newly-appointed Czech Interior Minister Jan Kubice to take greater action against neo-Nazis. In a statement released today, the Greens emphasized the need for more thorough preparations on the part of police for the neo-Nazi march in Brno this Sunday and asked the Interior Minister to return to the policy of the previous period, "when police were not tasked with merely overseeing the peaceful course of neo-Nazi meetings, but with intervening against extremists who, in contravention of the law, openly espouse national and racial hatred." News server Romea.cz publishes their press release in full below:  full story

Commentary: The current situation of Roma can only be considered European Apartheid!

Rokycany, 27.4.2011 16:29, (ROMEA) The Roma Association Forum (Romské sdružení Forum) has sent a declaration to news server Romea.cz claiming that the current situation of Roma people in Europe, primarily in the post-communist countries, "cannot be considered anything other than European Apartheid." The Forum considers the current situation of Roma people in Hungary to be very serious and extremely dangerous from a European perspective. "Roma Association Forum is prepared, in collaboration with EU authorities, to hold constructive political dialogue as part of its program and to contribute toward the stabilization of the current situation of the Roma people in Europe," reads the declaration, which news server Romea.cz publishes in full below.  full story

Civil society members of the Czech Government Inter-ministerial Commission for Roma Community Affairs: Politicians not responding to the hate against us

Prague, 15.4.2011 0:18, (ROMEA) The civil society members of the Czech Government Inter-ministerial Commission for Roma Community Affairs are greatly disturbed by the rising influence of extremist movements and groups in the Czech Republic. Saturday's march by the Workers' Social Justice Party (Dělnická strana sociální spravedlnosti - DSSS) through the town of Krupka has once again confirmed how the Police of the Czech Republic choose to provide their "help and protection". Just before the march came to an end, police officers attacked the participants of a religious gathering held to protest the march and injured several of them.  full story

Ivan Klima, celebrities support nonviolent blockade of neo-Nazi march in Czech Republic

Brno, 14.4.2011 16:42, (ROMEA) People are organizing to prevent neo-Nazis from marching on 1 May through the Brno city quarter where the majority of Roma families live. The independent initiative "BRNO Blocks" (BRNO Blokuje) is calling for participation in a nonviolent blockade in Cejl street, the route the neo-Nazis want to take to get into the quarter. Experience from past years confirms that the adherents of Nazism and racism are intent on provocation and spreading hatred and fear.  full story

Czech Government Inter-ministerial Commission for Roma Community Affairs meets for the first time this year

Prague, 14.4.2011 15:00, (ROMEA) On 6 April 2011 the first meeting of the Czech Government Inter-Ministerial Commission for Roma Community Affairs this year took place at the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic. The meeting was opened by the commission chair, Czech Prime Minister Petr Nečas, who drew attention to the celebration of International Roma Day on 8 April. It has been 40 years since the Roma national anthem and flag were first recognized and the PM congratulated Roma people on the occasion.  full story

Meeting of those at risk of poverty and social exclusion to take place in Brno, Czech Republic

Brno, 13.4.2011 16:25, (ROMEA) On 15 and 16 April, the second National Meeting of People Living in Poverty and Social Exclusion (Národní setkání lidí žijících v chudobě a sociálním vyloučení), organized by nonprofit and publicly-funded organizations, will take place in Brno under the auspices of the Czech Public Defender of Rights (the ombudsman), JUDr. Pavel Varvařovský with the financial support of Dagmar Havlová's Good Will Committee (Výbor dobré vůle Dagmar Havlové) and other organizations. The meeting will provide an opportunity to learn more about the situations of those at risk of poverty and social exclusion.  full story

Czech activists demand explanation for Saturday's police brutality against religious services

Ústí nad Labem, 12.4.2011 15:06, (ROMEA) The "We Don't Want Neo-Nazis in Ústí!" Initiative has published 10 fundamental criticisms of the approach taken by the repressive units of the Czech Police against a peaceful religious meeting last Saturday in Krupka. News server Romea.cz publishes that text in full below:  full story

Czech clergyman: Police seriously violated people's basic constitutional rights in Krupka

Ústí nad Labem/Krupka, 11.4.2011 14:59, (ROMEA) One thousand specially trained police officers violently dispersed a religious gathering and ecumenical service on Saturday, 9 April in the town of Krupka near Ústí nad Labem. The officers did so in order to make it possible for members and sympathizers of the Workers' Social Justice Party (Dělnická strana sociální spravedlnosti - DSS) which openly espouses the ideology of National Socialism (Nazism), to march through the space.  full story

Czech Agency for Social Inclusion in Roma Localities adds 10 more towns and villages

Prague, 6.4.2011 17:40, (ROMEA) The Czech Government Agency for Social Inclusion in Roma Localities is expanding its work to another 10 towns and villages throughout the Czech Republic. Members of the Agency's Monitoring Committee selected the locations at the end of a day-long meeting yesterday. The Agency will start working in the new localities at the start of July. The towns and villages are: Děčín and Kolín (in the category of municipalities with populations above 30 000 people) and Duchcov, Hodonín, Kadaň, Krupka, Mělník, Sokolov, Vejprty and Větřní (in the category of municipalities with less than 30 000 people living in them).  full story

Call for nonviolent action in response to threat of anti-Roma pogrom in Czech Republic

Ústí nad Labem/Krupka, 6.4.2011 15:16, (ROMEA) The following is a press release from the "We Don't Want Neo-Nazis in Ústí" Initiative:  full story

New Roma group starts in Czech Republic: Roma, aven jekhetane (Roma Come Together)

Czech Republic, 21.3.2011 19:26, (ROMEA) The Roma, aven jekhetane (RaJ) group has issued the following press release:  full story

European Court for Human Rights publishes guide to European anti-discrimination law

Strasbourg, 21.3.2011 17:59, (ROMEA) The European Court for Human Rights and the EU Fundamental Rights Agency have issued the following press release:  full story

Roma women harmed by forced sterilization in Czech Republic welcome Council of Europe approach to the issue

Ostrava, 18.3.2011 18:38, (ROMEA) The following is a press release from the Group of Women Harmed by Forced Sterilization:  full story

"We Don't Want Neo-Nazis in Brno" Initiative launched

Brno, 17.3.2011 15:58, (ROMEA)

The following is a press release from a new initiative in Brno:  full story


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