22.1.2018 11:22 In the first round of voting for president it has been demonstrated that the current Czech President, Miloš Zeman, is not as dominant as it seemed - personally, I voted for Michal Horáček, and he deserves all honor and respect in defeat. Unfortunately, he was not selected for the second round, and I really regret that, because I can imagine him as a decent, humane, wise President of the Czech Republic. full story
21.1.2018 9:05 On 18 January it was reported by news server justice.cz that the Czech Government has approved a so-called debt relief amendment to bankruptcy legislation that will significantly change the conditions for debt relief. The amendment will make the process of declaring bankruptcy accessible to a broader circle of debtors who are making a good-faith effort to pay off their obligations and will aid people in the so-called debt trap. full story
Czech President attempts to smear opponent as "pro-immigration" - but their views are the same on that issue20.1.2018 14:51 The "Friends of Miloš Zeman" group has published an advertisement in some Czech dailies supporting the incumbent in the second round of voting and attacking his competitor, Jiří Drahoš, by connecting him with support for immigration and attacking asylum-seekers as well. The advertisement was commissioned by the Euro-Agency firm, which, according to Zeman's transparent campaign accounting had already paid CZK 1.8 million [EUR 70 000] for advertising in the daily press before the first round of voting.
19.1.2018 8:38 Reporters for news server Romea.cz have interviewed the boy whom a ticket-checker working for public transit used force against last week when she attempted to remove him from the morning commute to school, and we have interviewed his mother and another youth who filmed the incident on his mobile phone. The boy alleges that when he got onto the bus with his friends he could already hear the ticket-checker shouting at other children on the bus.
19.1.2018 7:31 News server Novinky.cz published an interview on 17 January with Czech Culture Minister Ilja Šmíd in which he said he agrees with the amount of money paid to buy out the pig farm in Lety u Písku that stands on the site of a former concentration camp for Romani people because this was an important step and human dignity cannot be measured in monetary terms. "The last Government made that decision and I am convinced it was absolutely correct as far as the amount paid to buy the farm," the minister said.
17.1.2018 6:32 The new Czech Education Minister, Robert Plaga, says that because educating children together inclusively concerns tens of thousands of children in the Czech Republic, he does not intend to cancel the recently-introduced programs designed for that approach. "It makes sense to discuss to what degree those children should be provided support, or, for example, how to most effectively get them the support they need," he said in an interview for news server iHNED.cz. full story
15.1.2018 13:41 While there are at least 10 million Romani people in Europe, there is just one university program in the Czech Republic focused on Romani art, culture, history and the Romanes language. The Romani Studies Seminar is offered by the Department of Central European Studies at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague. full story
15.1.2018 8:13 Speaking through a video message published by the Romea.cz news server on 13 January, Czech presidential candidate Michal Horáček thanked Romani voters for their support during the first round of the presidential election. He also called on them to support Jiří Drahoš in the second round of voting. full story
Czech attorney: Justice for online hate has been won in a case of racist assaults against two Romani brothers14.1.2018 8:36 The District Court in Prostějov, Czech Republic has given a suspended sentence to a perpetrator of online assaults against Patrik and Radek Banga, who have also been awarded compensation for the non-pecuniary damages they suffered in the full amount requested. The In IUSTITIA organization provided legal services to both victims.
13.1.2018 15:55 After the vote in the Czech Republic being counted in 75 % of precincts the results seem to be that the incumbent, Miloš Zeman, is the front-runner, with challenger Jiří Drahoš in second place. Pavel Fischer, Marek Hilšer and Michal Horáček came in third, fourth and fifth, according to the preliminary results on the election coverage website of the Czech Statistical Bureau.
13.1.2018 13:08 According to the police command in South Yorkshire, England, which is investigating the death of a Romani girl named Janička in Sheffield, the circumstances of her death are not suspicious. The police have given a statement to news server Romea.cz about the case. full story
Czech city's transit authority admits ticket-checker should not have touched Romani child but otherwise backs her13.1.2018 11:48 The transit authority of the City of Ústí nad Labem (DPMUL) issued a press release yesterday acknowledging that their ticket-checker was not authorized to grab a boy's hand while doing her job on one of the city buses recently. However, the DPMUL is alleging that the boy was vulgar to her and refused to take his backpack off, so they are standing by their employee in the matter. full story
Czech pro-Kremlin disinformation Facebook page sparks wave of racist, vulgar comments about non-white infant13.1.2018 11:04 News server Aktuálně.cz reports that police in Třinec, Czech Republic are investigating racist comments made online against a male infant whose parents have Czech-Vietnamese and Kurdish roots. The commentaries were posted to the xenophobic Facebook page WeAreHereAtHome, which has renamed itself Zprávy.cz and purports to publish serious news reporting. full story
videoVIDEO: Czech ticket-checker assaults Romani boy, removes children from bus, police tell commuter not to film it12.1.2018 11:52 Yesterday's morning commute by children attending the Trmice Primary School was made unpleasant by an incident on a public transportation bus managed by the City of Ústí nad Labem when a ticket-checker physically assaulted a Romani boy and removed several other children from a bus. The children all had valid tickets. full story
Czech Republic: ROMEA plans public debates about future of Roma genocide site once Museum of Romani Culture takes over12.1.2018 9:25 Kristina Kohoutová, spokesperson for the Museum of Romani Culture in the Czech Republic, announced in a press release on 9 January that the Museum will be assuming ownership of the grounds of the soon-to-be closed pig farm at Lety (Písek district) in March. During WWII the location was used as a labor camp and as a detention camp for Romani people. full story
10.1.2018 17:39 Friday will be the first day of voting in the Czech Republic's presidential elections. The first round of voting will run from 12-13 January, with voters choosing from a slate of nine candidates, and an eventual second round will take place on 26-27 January. full story
9.1.2018 15:57 The first round of elections of the President of the Czech Republic will happen this Friday and Saturday. News server Romea.cz has conducted an extensive survey asking Romani people who they will vote for. full story
9.1.2018 13:18 At the end of this week, voters in the Czech Republic will be casting their ballots for President. The first round of voting will take place on 12-13 January. full story
9.1.2018 12:25 Should current Czech President Miloš Zeman make it to the second round of the presidential elections, the candidate with the biggest chance of defeating him may be the academician Jiří Drahoš. The STEM/MARK agency announced that finding yesterday, based on its polling full story
9.1.2018 11:25 The first round of elections for the President of the Czech Republic will take place this Friday and Saturday. News server Romea.cz has conducted an extensive survey of Romani voters about their preferred candidates. full story