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August 4, 2021



Radka Steklá

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Census underway in Slovakia, two campaigns reaching out to Roma people

Slovakia, 14.5.2011 15:20, (ROMEA) Yesterday the Census of Residents, Houses and Apartments was slated to begin in Slovakia. Two different campaigns targeting Roma people have been launched, one to clarify some of the items on the questionnaire and explain the purpose of the census, and another appealing to Roma people's pride and encouraging them to publicly declare their Roma identity. The census will end on 6 June.  full story

Roma victims of Nazism to be commemorated at Lety this Friday

Lety u Písku, 11.5.2011 16:15, (ROMEA) Since 1997, the 13th of May has been the day on which some citizens of the Czech Republic and other countries travel to Lety by Písek to remember the almost 400 Roma victims of the former "Gypsy camp" there as well as all Roma people murdered by Nazism. As every year, those who are unable to travel to Lety on their own can take advantage of the free bus which is annually organized to depart from Prague by Čeněk Růžička of the Committee for the Redress of the Roma Holocaust (Výbor pro odškodnění romského holocaustu).  full story

Communist Party joins protests against Czech authorities over Nový Bydžov

Prague, 28.3.2011 16:05, (ROMEA) Two weeks ago, the DSSS held its march in Nový Bydžov. Immediately afterward, many individuals and NGOs expressed criticism of the approach taken by the municipality. They also criticized the Czech Police for overlooking the Constitutional violations committed by the DSSS supporters, for intervening against the counter-demonstrators, and for failing to provide security for the citizens of Nový Bydžov once the neo-Nazi march had ended. The Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSČM) is now speaking up on the issue as well.  full story

People demonstrate against neo-Nazi marches in Germany, police order neo-Nazis to change their route

Germany, 28.3.2011 15:31, (ROMEA) Last Saturday demonstrations against marches by right-wing extremists took place in the German towns of Brandenburg, Lübeck and Trier. More than 1 000 people participated. DPA reports that police did not record any larger incidents of disorder.  full story

Czech census chaos: Roma assistants not being used, many forms not delivered in time

Prague, 28.3.2011 15:13, (ROMEA) The Czech Census of People, Houses and Apartments, which will take place over the next 18 days, is experiencing complications. One problem the Czech Statistical Office took note of already last week is the insufficient cooperation of the census commissioners with Roma assistants meant to facilitate communication with members of the Roma minority. Another problem is long lines at post offices. In many places, the lines are due to census commissioners not managing to deliver the census forms to everyone.  full story

Dozens protest human trafficking in Czech forestry industry

Prague, 28.3.2011 13:53, (ROMEA) Several dozen activists and migrant workers met in Prague yesterday afternoon in front of the Czech Agriculture Ministry to draw attention to the "loggers" case by planting a tree and then marching to the Czech Interior Ministry. Up to 600 forestry workers from Romania, Slovakia and Vietnam are alleged to have been harmed.  full story

Extremist to become adviser to Czech Education Minister

Prague, 16.3.2011 15:05, (ROMEA) Ladislav Bátora, a controversial figure due to his activities in the extremist National Party (Národní strana - NS) and other matters, will become an adviser to Czech Education Minister Josef Dobeš (Public Affairs - VV) starting in April. The Czech daily Právo reported the news today, claiming it is from a reliable source.  full story

DSSS chair wants to sue Czech Interior Minister for labeling him extremist

Hradec Králové, 16.3.2011 14:37, (ROMEA) The chair of the Workers' Social Justice Party, (Dělnická strana sociální spravedlnosti - DSSS) Tomáš Vandas filed criminal charges today with the District State Attorney in Hradec Králové against Czech Interior Minister Radek John (Public Affairs - VV) over statements made by the minister about Vandas's extremism priod to the DSSS rally last Saturday in Nový Bydžov. The Czech Press Agency reports that Vandas suspects John of the crime of slander and spreading false rumors to disturb people.  full story

Czech Govt cleaning house at Human Rights Section before new commissioner even starts

Prague, 23.2.2011 14:56, (ROMEA) Exactly one week ago on Wednesday 16 February, the Czech Government appointed a new Human Rights Commissioner, Monika Šimůnková. One hour after that news was announced at a press conference, the Executive Director of the Human Rights Section at the Office of the Czech Government, Czeslaw Walek, was removed from his position. News server interviewed the former director and asked him how he explains the rapidity of his removal.  full story

Czech Helsinki Committee: Ombudsman's statements risk reducing public confidence

Prague, 17.2.2011 17:56, (ROMEA) The Czech Helsinki Committee (CHC) has sent an open letter responding to public statements made by Czech ombudsman Varvařovský in which he impugned the country's anti-discrimination law. The statements were published on 31 January and 5 February in the newspaper Lidové noviny. The CHC believes the ombudsman's statements have endangered the general confidence in and credibility of that office. The letter is published below in full.  full story

Questions arise over chances of new Roma political party in Slovakia

Prague, 9.1.2011 15:43, (ROMEA) A new political party, the Roma Union Party in Slovakia (Strana Romské unie na Slovensku - SRUS), will enter the political scene next week. This information from party commissioner and Roma Union chair František Tanko raises the issue once again of the political viability of parties based solely on ethnicity.  full story

Czech Helsinki Committee: Police fail to investigate attack on human rights activist

Prague, 7.1.2011 17:58, (ROMEA) The Czech Helsinki Committee is criticizing the approach taken by police toward the investigation of an attack on activist Ondřej Cakl by extremists. The incident occurred during a march by promoters of the now-banned Workers' Party through the town of Litvínov on 17 November 2008. The committee says the criminal justice authorities have completely failed to meet their obligations.  full story

Amnesty International calls on Czech Republic to guarantee full education for all

Prague, 14.1.2010 7:42, (ROMEA) As parents plan to register their children into the first grade of elementary schools across the Czech Republic, Amnesty International has delivered the results of its research on access to education here to the relevant ministries, along with a challenge to change the approach of the Czech educational system as a whole. AI is recommending freezing the registration of students into ‘practical’ elementary schools for the 2010/2011 school year. These schools are disproportionately attended by Romani children, often completely unjustifiably, as the schools are intended only for pupils with mild mental disabilities.  full story

Amnesty International benefit concerts to draw attention to segregated education

Prague, 5.12.2009 8:37, (ROMEA/RV) Amnesty International will celebrate Human Rights Day, 10 December, by holding a series of benefit concerts worldwide to bring attention to the human rights failings the organization is trying to correct. In the Czech Republic, proceeds from the Prague benefit will support AI’s educational programs, which use an interactive format to inform children at Czech schools about the significance of human rights and how to defend their own rights and those of others. In Hradec Králové, proceeds will benefit the Hradec Králové regional AI branch.  full story

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