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Czech regional candidate: Children can't help the conditions they are born into

Czech Republic, 19.9.2012 1:26, (ROMEA) This article continues our series of questions and answer sessions with leading candidates from various political parties and groups running in the upcoming elections to Regional Authorities in the Czech Republic. We asked the candidates for their opinions on the integration of the Romani minority and how they would achieve improvements in this area. We were primarily interested in whether they would be calling upon Romani personalities to collaborate with them, as well as in their positions on education, housing and unemployment levels among people living in socially excluded localities, Romani people included. We also asked whether they intend to achieve calmer co-existence between majority-society and minority people.  full story

Czech Deputy Education Minister: Romani people must want to change their own fates

Czech Republic, 18.9.2012 23:04, (ROMEA) This article continues our series of questions and answer sessions with leading candidates from various political parties and groups running in the upcoming elections to Regional Authorities in the Czech Republic. We asked the candidates for their opinions on the integration of the Romani minority and how they would achieve improvements in this area. We were primarily interested in whether they would be calling upon Romani personalities to collaborate with them, as well as in their positions on education, housing and unemployment levels among people living in socially excluded localities, Romani people included. We also asked whether they intend to achieve calmer co-existence between majority-society and minority people.  full story

Czech presidential candidate Švejnar's withdrawal aids Fischer

Prague, 17.9.2012 20:27, (ROMEA) The announcement by economist Jan Švejnar that he will not be running for president has benefited the candidacy of former Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer the most. The "ppm factum" market survey agency says its electoral model suggests that 27.7 % of those voting will now choose Fischer, 5.7 % more than in August. The agency said the second-place candidate is another former PM, Miloš Zeman, who would be chosen by 22.7 % of voters.  full story

Czech presidential candidate Fischer against extremist-supported government

Prague, 17.9.2012 19:26, (ROMEA) Former Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer (age 61) is considered the lead candidate for the upcoming direct presidential elections. Yesterday he presented his electoral program at the Žofín conference center in Prague. Many Czech personalities attended the presentation, including Vendula Svobodová, the president of "Drops of Hope" (Kapky naděje), film director Zdeněk Troška, actor Jan Přeučil and many others. Those in attendance listened to Fischer speak for almost one hour. Among other goals, the candidate said he mainly wants to do away with the immunity from prosecution currently enjoyed by the Czech President, Czech MPs and Czech Senators.  full story

Czech Senator Jan Horník says he wants to work with excluded residents

Czech Republic, 17.9.2012 18:23, (ROMEA) This article is the first in a series of our questions and answer sessions with leading candidates from various political parties and groups running in the upcoming elections to Regional Authorities and the Czech Senate. We asked the candidates for their opinions on the integration of the Romani minority and how they would achieve improvements in this area. We were primarily interested in whether they would be calling upon Romani personalities to collaborate with them, as well as in their positions on education, housing and unemployment levels among people living in socially excluded localities, Romani people included. We also asked whether they intend to achieve calmer co-existence between majority-society and minority people.  full story

Czech Christian Democrats want to reinstate Human Rights Minister

Prague, 17.9.2012 17:10, (ROMEA) With not quite one month to go before elections in the Czech Republic, the Christian Democrats (KDU-ČSL) are trying to present themselves as an alternative for the areas of education, health care and social welfare policy. Pavel Bělobrádek, chair of the KDU-ČSL, says the party's greatest currency is the fact that its people are professionals unencumbered by any corruption scandals. Polls show the party might see voters return to it this time around. The KDU-ČSL says it wants to concentrate on halting the decline in the country's educational achievement and changing its approach toward financing social services.  full story

Czech exhibits mark 70th anniversary of transports to Auschwitz

Jihlava, 16.9.2012 21:03, (ROMEA) The museum in the Czech town of Jihlava is marking the 70th anniversary of the WWII-era transports of the Jewish population from the Vysočina region to Nazi concentration camps. Of the more than 1 300 Jewish people who were forcibly removed, not quite 100 survived the war, according to available data. Two exhibits opened in the museum Friday detailing the tragic wartime fates of those people. Historian Ladislav Vilímek told the Czech Press Agency the displays include a Torah and tablets of the Ten Commandments that evidently were used in Jihlava's synagogue. The exhibits will run until 18 November.  full story

Czech Republic: Local Romani people leave village during demonstration

Dřevnovice (Prostějov district), 16.9.2012 3:03, (ROMEA) An anti-crime march took place this afternoon in the village of Dřevnovice in Prostějov district. Tensions between local ethnic Czechs and Romani people have been rising there in recent weeks. Police estimated that approximately 250 people participated in the march. In addition to locals and residents from surrounding villages, about 100 right-wing extremists were involved. Michaela Sedláčková, Police Coordinator for Minorities, told the Czech Press Agency that no disturbance of public order or property damage occurred.  full story

Czech Republic: Ultra-right party tries provocation in Šluknov district again

Rumburk/Šluknov/Varnsdorf, 16.9.2012 2:22, (ROMEA) One year after anti-Romani sentiment first caused upheaval there, local ethnic Czech residents, neo-Nazis and ultra-right extremists have marched through the town of Varnsdorf once more. The right-wing extremist, xenophobic Workers Social Justice Party (Dělnická strana sociální spravedlnosti - DSSS) combined its electoral campaign with anti-Romani slogans to attract approximately 200 - 250 people to today's event. The demonstrators even marched past buildings which were off-limits to them during last year's unrest, doing their best to provoke local Romani residents and shouting racist slogans. Police, however, say no rioting was noted.  full story

Czech high school students win US Embassy prize for tutoring Romani children

Prague, 15.9.2012 19:20, (ROMEA) High school students in the East Bohemian town of Broumov who have volunteered as tutors to Romani primary school pupils have won the VIA BONA 2012 prize in the category of school volunteering. The prize for philanthropy is awarded by the VIA Foundation (Nadace VIA) and THE KELLNER FAMILY FOUNDATION under the auspices of the Embassy of the United States of America. Prizes were also awarded to Mr Ondřej Horecký for his aid to orphans in Tanzania and to Ms Jana Bečvářová for her aid to at-risk children in foster homes.  full story

Czech Police prepare for ultra-right party to exploit anti-crime march

Dřevnovice (Prostějov district), 14.9.2012 22:15, (ROMEA) Police officers and the leadership of the town of Dřevnovice (Prostějov district) are preparing for a march against crime scheduled there for tomorrow. Police say they cannot rule out the possibility that extremists will participate in the event. In recent weeks, tensions between local Romani people and ethnic Czechs have risen in the community, but Mayor Bohumila Charvátová (independent) told the Czech Press Agency today that a certain degree of calm has been established during the last few days.  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 region pushing Romani people into itinerancy

Ostrava, 12.9.2012 2:45, (ROMEA) Human rights activists based in the Moravian-Silesian Region of the Czech Republic are warning of a new phenomenon there: Romani families living in the region are starting to live itinerantly, and not of their own free will. Once a particular town hall decides to evict such a family from municipal housing, they must move to another town. Tensions are rising between longtime residents and the new renters, and there is no social housing available. Romani people most often end up in the overpriced residential hotels that are in business in order to draw on the state-subsidized housing benefits available to such tenants.  full story

Czech football team models clothing brand with neo-Nazi associations

Plzeň, 11.9.2012 23:05, (ROMEA) It has been a relief over the past few years to see some Czech football clubs in the Gambrinus League start taking clear stances against racism in football stadiums - a step out of the wilderness and toward a more cultivated environment in the sport, all to the good. Unfortunately, even though it might seem that those fighting against the throwing of bananas at black players on the pitch or the promotion of the number "88" (neo-Nazi code for Heil Hitler) have firmly planted their roots in the game, the first cracks in the anti-racist facade are starting to show here.  full story

Czech TV station rejects criticism of its portrayal of Romani people

Prague, 8.9.2012 19:54, (ROMEA) Last Tuesday, the Czech Council for Radio and Television Broadcasting (Rada pro rozhlasové a televizní vysílání - RRTV) criticized private television station TV NOVA for broadcasting what it found to have been prejudicial and tendentious news reporting on the Romani minority in the context of crime. According to the RRTV, the station has violated several regulations of Law No. 231/2001 Coll. which ban the inclusion of programs that confirm stereotypical prejudices concerning ethnic or racial minorities and establish the obligation to determine whether the broadcasting of such programs incites hatred on the basis of skin color or membership in an ethnic or national minority.  full story

Czech Police seek witnesses to assault on Romani man in Havířov

Havířov, 8.9.2012 18:19, (ROMEA) Police officers are seeking any possible witnesses to an attack committed against a 49-year-old Romani man that took place on 20 August in front of the Petr Bezruč House of Culture shortly after 21:00. Czech daily Deník reported the police announcement on 4 September.  full story

For the dignity of Roma people in Europe: Roma Pride!

EU, 8.9.2012 13:16, (ROMEA) Weariness and despair could have finally caught up with us. Haven’t the Roma people -- Tziganes, Gypsies and Sintis -- been persecuted for centuries? Haven’t the stereotypes against them spanned several centuries, countries and political regimes? Wouldn’t it be illusive to think that one could “normalize” a situation that may appear desperate?  full story

Czech Council for Radio and TV Broadcasting: TV NOVA illegally inciting hatred against Romani people

Prague, 5.9.2012 23:26, (ROMEA) At its 16th session on 4 September 2012, the Czech Council for Radio and Television Broadcasting (Rada pro rozhlasové a televizní vysílání) discussed the first results of an analysis evaluating how the TV NOVA station has been reporting on events in its "Television News" (Televizní noviny) program featuring either the actual or alleged involvement of members of the Romani minority and what the impact of that reporting has been. The analytical materials evaluating the issue of Romani people's media image focused on the presentation of Romani people in the context of crime reporting on TV NOVA's news programming from 1 January 2012 - 20 February 2012.  full story

Czech social system reportedly producing another generation of orphans

Krompach, 4.9.2012 3:53, (Romano voďi) The interview below was conducted with Barbora Spalová and Karel Spal for Romano voďi magazine about their experience hosting Romani children who are wards of the Czech state in their home. Barbora Spalová graduated with degrees in ethnology and social anthropology from Charles University in Prague. Her primary research field is the anthropology of religion, Christianity in particular. She lives in Lužické hory and is involved n the issue of foster child care. She is the chair of the civic association Média 007 and editor of the magazine Biograf. Karel Spal graduated with a degree in the study of religion from the University of Pardubice and focuses professionally on the Byzantine church and the position of Islam in Europe. He works for Média 007 as an expert in its "Religious Section".  full story

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