Gejza Horváth cancels appearance at Roma Spirit award over death of a Romani man in Žatec
Today Gejza Horváth wrote the following open letter and published it to his personal Facebook profile.
Open letter to the Roma Spirit Awards in the Czech Republic
I am one of the nominees for the Roma Spirit Award in the area of Romani culture. I hereby definitively announce that I reject any opportunity to be given an award in the Czech Republic. I also refuse to participate as a performer on the musical program of the awards ceremony. I cannot hide my indignation over the incident in Žatec, where recently a human life ended for no reason. The victim is, once again, a Romani man, and the Czech "democratic" Republic is again silent.
As a Romani man, I consider this decision to be my obligation.
I cannot celebrate.
As a father, a grandfather of five, a person who composes music and wants to give something to people and to the world, I do not want to receive an award and celebrate in a society where racism is rampant.
The seriousness of this situation demands that the leading representatives of this country begin to actually deal with human rights and ensure the safety of us Roma and our families. They must ensure our access to education, to jobs, to housing, and to a dignified life as citizens. We built this country too. Everywhere you look you can see our work.
This is our home too!
We, too, want to live in safety, like all the other citizens of this country do.
People, open your eyes and stop being indifferent.
Start behaving like human beings!
In Brno, 22 October 2016
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- Lucie Oračková on the death of a Romani man in Žatec: Czech Police are not protecting us
- The final hours of life of the young Romani man who died at a Czech pizzeria
- Czech Republic: Pizzeria management says Romani man who died there attacked customers, who "detained him until police arrived"
- Michal Miko on the death of a Romani man in Žatec: What next?
- Czech Police said to have prevented parents of deceased Romani man from seeing his body before the autopsy
- Eyewitness says assailants shouting racist abuse and beating Romani man before he died were in full view of Czech Police
- Patrik Banga: Dear Czech Police, 27-year-olds do not just up and die
- Czech Republic: Two local assemblies memorialize Romani man's death
- Czech Republic: Young Romani man has died after a scuffle, no charges filed yet
- Young Czech journalist: School didn't teach me not to generalize, I had to learn that on my own
- Czech Republic will not hold a Roma Spirit award ceremony this year due to lack of financing and criticism by some Romani community members
- Slovakia: Nominations begin for Roma Spirit 2017 under auspices of President Kiska
- Czech state prosecutor rejects complaint from family of Romani man who died in presence of police
- Czech prosecutor to review police procedure in case of Romani man who died in pizzeria
- Czech Govt Roma Council discusses death case, Romani representatives express growing sense of danger
- VIDEO: Father of deceased Romani man says he has filed complaint against suspension of investigation
- VIDEO: Czech Police proceeded incorrectly, attorney for family of deceased Romani man says
- Czech Police find no crime was committed in death of Romani man last fall
- Czech investigation into death of Romani man in a pizzeria will announce findings at press conference
- Czech Republic: Investigation into Romani man's death continues as interethnic gulf widens
- Czech court sentences Romani man to prison for racist abuse while mourning a relative's death