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videoVIDEO: Chair of Committee for the Redress of the Roma Holocaust in the Czech Republic on the archaeological findings there

16.11.2018 12:46 On Monday, 12 November, news server Romea.cz interviewed the chair of the Committee for the Redress of the Roma Holocaust in the Czech Republic (VPORH), Čeněk Růžička, at the site of the archaeological probes into what have been assumed to be mass burial pits for the former prisoners of the WWII-era concentration camp at Lety. An international research team under the direction of Pavel Vařeka from the University of West Bohemia in Plzeň has been performing the very first non-invasive archaeological probe ever near the memorial currently at the site.  full story

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Jana Horváthová: Affirmative action and inclusion will solve the situation of Roma in the Czech Republic

8.11.2018 8:59 "I was always crouching somewhere out of sight so nobody would start talking about 'gypsies', or about the Holomeks, so that nobody would discover my roots. I was faint-hearted, mixed up. Once I accepted my Romani identity, if was as if I could suddenly stand up straight. All of a sudden you can breathe freely, without constantly anticipating that somebody is about to cause you harm. You begin to live in a better way - although I do not always openly tell people that I am a Romani woman," Jana Horváthová, the director of the Museum of Romani Culture who is an ethnographer, historian, and museologist, says in an extensive interview for Vlasta magazine (issue number 44/2018).  full story

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Commentary: Czech President Zeman's racism and Romani people

8.11.2018 7:04 Miloš Zeman loves to talk about things he does not understand - that's to say, he believes he understands them, but he expresses his judgments, for the most part, on the basis of a superficial view of the matter. Sometimes he even makes arguments repeating the opinions that are expressed by people on social networks, where everybody says whatever comes to mind without needing to become more familiar with the subject.  full story

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Monika Mihaličková: Czech President should take a look in the mirror and give himself a slap - "gypsy" is an insulting term

7.11.2018 15:59 "I do not perceive myself to be an elite Romani person," says Monika Mihaličková in an interview with the journalist Jindřich Šídlo for news server Seznam. The former MP in the Czech Chamber of Deputies is currently working for the ROMEA organization on a program that supports Romani students.  full story

Czech Republic: 88 cities in 12 regions plan to ban housing benefits in specific zones

7.11.2018 11:31 The Institute for Social Inclusion (IPSI) reports that a total of 88 cities and municipalities in 12 regions are planning to announce or have already announced zones with increased incidences of undesirable phenomena where new applicants for housing benefits will not be allowed to receive them for residence at those addresses. The only regions where local authorities have not taken this step are the Pardubice and South Moravian Regions.
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Czech Republic: Realtor tells tenants they'd better not be on welfare

7.11.2018 9:03 The Czech Republic's biggest private provider of rental accommodations, the Residomo company (which until last February operated under the name RPG Byty_ has stopped extending the rental contracts for some of its tenants. In the Ostrava-Poruba neighborhood this particularly concerns buildings on Dělnická and Skautská streets.  full story

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Commentary: The thorny path of Romani emancipation from Czechoslovakia to today's Czech Republic

2.11.2018 12:43 It has been 50 years since I first encountered the call for Romani emancipation. I was in Paris when the "fraternal" Warsaw Pact armies occupied Czechoslovakia in 1968, and after arriving back home by train to Prague's Smíchov station, I went into the restaurant there.  full story

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