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Vsetín does not want the deported Roma back

Vsetin, 26.6.2007 18:24, (ROMEA/CTK) The leadership of the Vsetín town hall will not help the Roma who were deported to the Jeseniky region return to Vsetín, with the exception of one family. The recommendation of Ombudsman Motejl, according to whom the families have the right to be allocated flats and return to their home town, has been rejected by the town hall. "This is a shock. They have taken on board absolutely nothing from the ombudsman’s report.  full story

No help to be provided to evicted Czech Romanies-press

Vsetin, 26.6.2007 10:20, (CTK) The authorities of the north Moravian town of Vsetin who evicted local Romanies from a dilapidated house last autumn and moved them to the Jesenik area will not help the Romanies to solve their difficult situation, the daily Sumpersky a jesenicky denik writes today.  full story

Czech police handle 12 complaints about Cunek's Romany policy

Vsetin, North Moravia, 13.6.2007 16:00, (CTK) The police in Vsetin continue investigating 12 criminal complaints lodged against Deputy PM Jiri Cunek mainly over his resettlement of local Romanies when the mayor of Vsetin, police spokeswoman Lenka Javorkova told CTK today.In addition, Cunek (Christian Democrats, KDU-CSL) has faced corruption accusation since February. He is suspected of accepting a half-a million-crown bribe in 2002.The police received 13 criminal complaints against Cunek last year, but they have already shelved one concerning the alleged abuse of power.  full story

Eviction of Romanies in Vsetin was mistake - Czech Ombudsman

Brno, 13.6.2007 9:57, (CTK) The town hall of Vsetin, north Moravia, made a mistake when it moved out Romany rent-defaulters from the town's centre in the autumn, Czech Ombudsman Otakar Motejl told journalists today. However, Vsetin town hall rejects the criticism. The town hall was then headed by Jiri Cunek, now Christian Democrat (KDU-CSL) leader and Local Development Minister. Motejl said that the export of socially excluded families from municipalities in which the families have long been living cannot be accepted as an efficient solution.  full story

Sociologists critical of Vsetin Romanies resettlement

Vsetin, 19.4.2007 20:35, (CTK) The town hall of Vsetin did not act correctly when it moved local Romanies to two container-like houses on the town outskirts last autumn, according to an analysis Brno's Masaryk University has worked out at the request of the Czech government.  full story

Vsetin Romanies' houses in north Moravia habitable - charity says

Vsetin, North Moravia, 18.4.2007 18:52, (CTK) All houses in the Jesenik vicinity to which Romany rent-defaulters were moved from Vsetin, north Moravia, last October are habitable, representatives of the Olomouc-based Archdiocese Charity said today."They are not of course any first class and luxury. On the other hand, I know hundreds of people who live in comparable or worse conditions. I can see no difference in this," Archdiocese Charity director Vaclav Keprt said.  full story

North Moravian Romanies being retrained, allegedly avoid work

Vsetin, North Moravia, 16.4.2007 17:23, (ČTK) About 20 Romanies from Vsetin are currently learning to pave streets and plant flowers and trees, but they show a high sickness rate, Jana Zvonickova, from the town's Technical Services company, told CTK today.She said the situation was the same in previous retraining courses part of which is practice with the Technical Services.  full story

Romanies moved from Vsetin do not pay loans, may be evicted again

Vsetin, North Moravia, 11.4.2007 18:48, (CTK) Two of six Romany families, who received a loan from Vsetin authorities after the families were evicted from their flats in Vsetin and moved to purchased houses outside the area, have not been paying their loans, Vsetin town hall spokeswoman told CTK today.Two of the families who promised to pay from 1500 to 2330 monthly have not paid a single crown yet, another family has not paid for three months and further two families owe two monthly payments to Vsetin.  full story

Vsetin deputy mayor's firm involved in Romanies' house deal-press

Cechy pod Kosirem, South Moravia, 10.4.2007 11:40, (ČTK) The lawyer's firm of Lubomir Gajdusek (Christian Democrats, KDU-CSL), deputy mayor of Vsetin, north Moravia, participated in the purchase of a house in Cechy pod Kosirem where the Vsetin Town Hall relocated a Romany family last year, the daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) writes in its local supplement today.  full story

Czech Romanies transferred from Vsetin want to return - press

Jesenik, North Moravia, 7.4.2007 15:11, (CTK) The Romanies from Vsetin, north Moravia, whom the Town Hall under Mayor Jiri Cunek had resettled in three villages in the Jesenik area last year, want to return to Vsetin, regional daily Sumpersky and jesenicky denik writes today.The Romanies have reportedly hired lawyers to prove that they purchased their houses in Jesenik under pressure and therefore the relevant contracts are invalid.  full story

Czech Senate unable to decide on discrimination against Romanies

Prague, 28.3.2007 15:42, (CTK) The session of the Czech Senate on whether human rights were violated when Romanies were evicted from their homes in Vsetin, North Moravia, to other regions in Moravia last year did not arrive at any conclusion today.The dispute focused on the circumstances of the eviction and the state of the houses to which the Romanies were removed.  full story

Czech Romany activist insists on illegality of eviction

Vsetin, North Moravia, 27.3.2007 17:54, (CTK) The statement by ombusdman Otakar Motejl that the demolition of a house inhabited by Romanies and their removal to a new one was legal is incorrect, Czech Romany activist Jan Rac told CTK today.A few days ago, Rac sent a comprehensive report on the course of the Romanies' eviction from the dilapidated house to Motejl.  full story

Church charity to offer help to Czech Romanies moved from Vsetin

Vsetin, North Moravia, 26.2.2007 18:14, (CTK) The Czech Catholic Charity will offer help to municipalities to which Romany families were moved from the town of Vsetin, charity spokesman Jan Oulik told CTK today.  full story

No subsidy for Czech Romanies prepared-minister,press

Prague, Czech republic, 21.2.2007 9:52, (CTK) Minister without Portfolio Dzamila Stehlikova (Green Party) has abandoned her plan to ask a government for a 1.5-million-crown subsidy to repair houses in which dozens of Romany families live, she said in the daily Lidove noviny today.
Originally, Stehlikova proposed that the government provide the subsidy to cover the costs of repairs of the dilapidated houses in the Jeseniky and Prostejov area, north Moravia, where the authorities of Vsetin, north Moravia, resettled Romany families last year.  full story

Ministers' dispute over Romanies will not break govt - Czech PM

Prague/Warsaw, 20.2.2007 19:28, (CTK) Czech PM Mirek Topolanek (Civic Democrats, ODS) said today he is not afraid that the dispute between deputy PM Jiri Cunek (Christian Democrats, KDU-CSL) and Minister Dzamila Stehlikova (Greens) over the treatment of Romanies could break up his coalition government.  full story

Czech Romanies welcome minister's offer of compensation

Olomouc, North Moravia, 20.2.2007 16:26, (CTK) Czech Romany activists have welcomed Minister Dzamila Sehlikova's proposal for the government to provide a 1.5-million-crown subsidy to cover the repairs of the houses in the Jeseniky and Prostejov area where the authorities of Vsetin, north Moravia, resettled Romany families last year, Vaclav Zastera from Roma Vidnava group told CTK today.  full story

Evicted Romany families should get money - Czech minister

Prague, 19.2.2007 20:01, (CTK) The ten Romany families that were evicted from the North Moravian town of Vsetin last autumn as rent-defaulters and moved to ramshackle houses in the Moravian Jesenik region may be given some subsidies for the basic repairs of their houses, Czech Minister without Portfolio Dzamila Stehlikova (Greens) told journalists today.  full story

Čunek motivates other mayors

Břeclav, 5.2.2007 11:12, (ROMEA/Mf DNES) It pays politically to travel the path of the current head of the Christian Democrats, Jiří Čunek. A radical approach to “problematic” communities of Roma and people who “poorly adapt” is now benefiting the career of South Moravian mayors as well.  full story

KDU-CSL leader Cunek target of Czech billboard campaign

Usti nad Labem, 2.2.2007 19:47, (CTK) Billboards satirising Christian Democrat leader Jiri Cunek, a deputy prime minister, have appeared across the country, with his portrait and the text "I am a Christian Democrat, I take no bribes and I like Gypsies."  full story

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