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 2018-01-22 10:36 

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Jan Cverko: Romale, vote for Ji Draho!...

In the first round of voting for president it has been demonstrated that the current Czech President, Milo Zeman, is not as dominant as it seemed - personally, I voted for Michal Horek, and he deserves all honor and respect in defeat. Unfortunately, he wa...

 2018-01-21 08:15 

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Czech Government approves bankruptcy amendment bill adjusting conditions for debt relief...

On 18 January it was reported by news server justice.cz that the Czech Government has approved a so-called debt relief amendment to bankruptcy legislation that will significantly change the conditions for debt relief. The amendment will make the process o...

 2018-01-20 14:08 

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Czech President attempts to smear opponent as "pro-immigration" - but their views are the same on that issue...

The "Friends of Milo Zeman" group has published an advertisement in some Czech dailies supporting the incumbent in the second round of voting and attacking his competitor, Ji Draho, by connecting him with support for immigration and attacking asyl...

 2018-01-19 07:58 

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Czech Republic: Romani boy assaulted on bus by ticket-checker gives interview to Romea.cz...

Reporters for news server Romea.cz have interviewed the boy whom a ticket-checker working for public transit used force against last week when she attempted to remove him from the morning commute to school, and we have interviewed his mother and another y...

 2018-01-19 06:46 

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Czech Culture Minister: Buyout of pig farm was important, human dignity cannot be measured in money...

News server Novinky.cz published an interview on 17 January with Czech Culture Minister Ilja md in which he said he agrees with the amount of money paid to buy out the pig farm in Lety u Psku that stands on the site of a former concentration camp for Roma...

 2018-01-17 19:03 

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Slovak anti-Romani law protested by Amnesty International, Justice Minister and Plenipotentiary for Roma Affairs...

Amnesty International Slovakia is criticizing proposed measures for combating so-called "Romani crime" which were presented last week by Slovak Interior Minister Robert Kalik (Smer) and Police President Tibor Gapar. According to AI, the measures a...

 2018-01-17 05:48 

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New Czech Education Minister to focus on which diagnoses do not necessitate inclusive education...

The new Czech Education Minister, Robert Plaga, says that because educating children together inclusively concerns tens of thousands of children in the Czech Republic, he does not intend to cancel the recently-introduced programs designed for that approac...

 2018-01-16 07:24 

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Germany: Romani-inhabited building struck by arson, media strangely quiet...

Dozens of residential buildings have been struck by arson in Germany in recent years, and the subtext to these insidious attacks has been either a neo-Nazi motivation, or a racist one, or has yet to be identified. Fortunately, the victims of most of these...

 2018-01-15 13:15 

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Czech Republic: Romani Studies Seminar taking applications at Charles University...

While there are at least 10 million Romani people in Europe, there is just one university program in the Czech Republic focused on Romani art, culture, history and the Romanes language. The Romani Studies Seminar is offered by the Department of Central Eu...

 2018-01-15 07:21 

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Czech presidential candidate Horek thanks Roma for voting, supports Draho in second round...

Speaking through a video message published by the Romea.cz news server on 13 January, Czech presidential candidate Michal Horek thanked Romani voters for their support during the first round of the presidential election. He also called on them to support ...

 2018-01-14 08:00 

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Czech attorney: Justice for online hate has been won in a case of racist assaults against two Romani brothers...

The District Court in Prostjov, Czech Republic has given a suspended sentence to a perpetrator of online assaults against Patrik and Radek Banga, who have also been awarded compensation for the non-pecuniary damages they suffered in the full amount reques...

 2018-01-13 16:29 

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Czech presidential election second round will apparently be Draho v Zeman...

After the vote in the Czech Republic being counted in 75 % of precincts the results seem to be that the incumbent, Milo Zeman, is the front-runner, with challenger Ji Draho in second place. Pavel Fischer, Marek Hiler and Michal Horek came in third, fourth...

 2018-01-13 12:24 

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UK: Police say there are no suspicious circumstances about death of young Romani girl in Sheffield...

According to the police command in South Yorkshire, England, which is investigating the death of a Romani girl named Janika in Sheffield, the circumstances of her death are not suspicious. The police have given a statement to news server Romea.cz about th...

 2018-01-13 11:10 

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Czech city's transit authority admits ticket-checker should not have touched Romani child but otherwise backs her...

The transit authority of the City of st nad Labem (DPMUL) issued a press release yesterday acknowledging that their ticket-checker was not authorized to grab a boy's hand while doing her job on one of the city buses recently. However, the DPMUL is all...

 2018-01-13 10:19 

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Czech pro-Kremlin disinformation Facebook page sparks wave of racist, vulgar comments about non-white infant...

News server Aktuln.cz reports that police in Tinec, Czech Republic are investigating racist comments made online against a male infant whose parents have Czech-Vietnamese and Kurdish roots. The commentaries were posted to the xenophobic Facebook page WeAr...

 2018-01-12 11:55 

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VIDEO: Czech ticket-checker assaults Romani boy, removes children from bus, police tell commuter not to film it...

Yesterday's morning commute by children attending the Trmice Primary School was made unpleasant by an incident on a public transportation bus managed by the City of st nad Labem when a ticket-checker physically assaulted a Romani boy and removed sever...

 2018-01-12 09:03 

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Czech Republic: ROMEA plans public debates about future of Roma genocide site once Museum of Romani Culture takes over...

Kristina Kohoutov, spokesperson for the Museum of Romani Culture in the Czech Republic, announced in a press release on 9 January that the Museum will be assuming ownership of the grounds of the soon-to-be closed pig farm at Lety (Psek district) in March....

 2018-01-10 17:31 

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Czech presidential candidate welcomes buyout of farm on site of former concentration camp for Roma...

Friday will be the first day of voting in the Czech Republic's presidential elections. The first round of voting will run from 12-13 January, with voters choosing from a slate of nine candidates, and an eventual second round will take place on 26-27 J...

 2018-01-10 11:26 

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Austria: First newborn of the year has become a target of hateful commentary...

The Austrian daily Heute reports that when Alper and Naime Tamga welcomed their newborn daughter Asel into the world on New Year's Day, she was the country's very first newborn of 2018. Instead of congratulations, however, hateful comments were po...

 2018-01-10 09:39 

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International Czech and Slovak Romani community rocked by mysterious death of nine-year-old girl in England...

Romani community members have been using Facebook to vigorously discuss the mysterious death of a nine-year-old girl named Janika who, on 2 January 2018, is said to have died of suffocation while playing in her room. Allegedly she remained lifeless for 40...

 2018-01-09 15:16 

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More Romani figures announce their presidential favorites - still definitely not Zeman...

The first round of elections of the President of the Czech Republic will happen this Friday and Saturday. News server Romea.cz has conducted an extensive survey asking Romani people who they will vote for....

 2018-01-09 14:19 

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Czech presidential candidate Hynek says inclusion in the schools must be "cancelled"...

At the end of this week, voters in the Czech Republic will be casting their ballots for President. The first round of voting will take place on 12-13 January....

 2018-01-09 12:18 

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Czech poll finds that Draho has the biggest chance against Zeman in the second round...

Should current Czech President Milo Zeman make it to the second round of the presidential elections, the candidate with the biggest chance of defeating him may be the academician Ji Draho. The STEM/MARK agency announced that finding yesterday, based on it...

 2018-01-09 11:22 

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Which Czech presidential candidate will Romani voters choose? Apparently not Zeman...

The first round of elections for the President of the Czech Republic will take place this Friday and Saturday. News server Romea.cz has conducted an extensive survey of Romani voters about their preferred candidates....

 2018-01-09 09:41 

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Analysis of Czech presidential campaigns: Horek is the most transparent, Zeman the least...

According to Transparency International (TI), the most transparent campaign of the nine presidential candidates now running in the Czech Republic is that of entrepreneur and lyricist Michal Horek, while the least transparent is the re-election campaign of...

 2018-01-08 17:55 

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Analysis: A propaganda war needs angry, defiant, disgusted, nerve-wracked people - and the Czech Republic qualifies...

The return to the self-serving lie about a Greater Russia is costing the Russians absolutely everything, including their self-respect. The idea that it is still possible to destroy everything gives them the strength to continue....

 2018-01-08 11:06 

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Czech women charged with promoting neo-Nazism plead innocent...

On 5 January 2018, six women told a Czech court that they reject their indictment on charges of promoting and support the neo-Nazi movement "Resistance Women Unity" (RWU), either refusing to testify about their actions between 2007 and 2009 or mak...

 2018-01-07 16:53 

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Czech EdMin says number of Romani children educated according to reduced standards has not changed in three years...

The number of Romani children who are educated according to reduced standards has almost not changed at all during the last three years. Almost every eighth Romani child in primary school is learning according to the curriculum for schoolchildren with mil...

 2018-01-05 15:59 

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Czech presidential candidate sends convicted antisemite as his "spokesperson" to debate...

The online news portal iDNES.cz has acquiesced to the requests of the campaign team backing the incumbent, Czech President Zeman, who has refused to participate in any debates prior to this month's presidential elections - so iDNES.cz is now holding s...

 2018-01-04 16:00 

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Czech presidential candidate says incumbent will be incapable of five more years in office...

If current Czech President Milo Zeman will be re-elected as the head of state this month, he will not be able to fully perform the role for another five years. He is too ill....

 2018-01-04 15:42 

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Czech televised discussion features one presidential candidate, two presidential spokespeople - and a ficus...

On 2 January, Jaromr Soukup's "Arena" discussion program on the Barrandov cable television channel was not attended either by candidate Ji Draho or by former Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolnek (Civic Democratic Party - ODS), who is also runni...

 2018-01-04 10:53 

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Czech presidential candidate criticizes cancellation of Human Rights Minister post...

Czech presidential candidate Pavel Fischer is criticizing the Government of Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babi for not appointing a Human Right Minister. Fischer said before the New Year that today, when it is exactly extremist voices that are being heard m...

 2018-01-03 12:10 

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Czech presidential elections: Voters don't have to go to their home precinct if they have a voter pass...

Voters in the upcoming elections should already know by now where they can go locally to cast their ballots for the next President of the Czech Republic. The deadline for mayors to announce the addresses of the polls was 29 December 2017....

 2018-01-03 10:54 

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Czech Green Party co-chair wants Interior Ministry to dissolve the "Freedom and Direct Democracy" Movement...

News server Info.cz reported last week that Ondej Mirovsk, co-chair of the Czech Republic's Green Party, has said he wants to ask the Interior Ministry to dissolve Tomio Okamura's "Freedom and Direct Democracy" Movement (SPD). Mirovsk made...

 2018-01-03 10:54 

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Czech MP spreads disinformation about terrorist threat, Interior Minister sharply objects...

Czech Interior Minister Lubomr Metnar has very emphatically objected to recent allegations made by SPD leader Tomio Okamura. That MP has published a disinformation video in which he claims the Czech Republic is in danger of terrorist attack....

 2018-01-03 09:32 

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Czech Republic: Romani children's grades improve after joining floorball teams...

Last week the Czech daily Mosteck denk reported that Romani children attending a primary school that serves the Chnov housing estate have begun to dedicate themselves to the sport of floorball. They play after school twice a week....

 2018-01-03 06:27 

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Greek court sentences woman who kicked Romani girl on the street to three months in prison...

News server Keep Talking Greece reports that a woman who assaulted a young Romani girl on the streets of Athens four years ago has finally been convicted and sentenced to three months behind bars. The incident happened on 17 September 2013 when the woman ...

 2018-01-02 17:02 

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Romani celebrity files complaint with Czech Constitutional Court over lower court rejection of his victimization by racist threats...

News server iDNES.cz reported last week that the singer Radek Banga has filed a complaint with the Czech Constitutional Court against a decision by the District Court in Kladno. The first-instance court did not consider him to have been harmed by the hate...

 2018-01-01 19:29 

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ROMEA has been with you all for 15 years...
 2017-12-30 11:00 

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Yvetta Blanaroviov: Talent alone is not enough...

"Very often children join this project who have chaos inside them, they don't know how to learn, they have no aims - they just have talent. Then it's up to us to give them direction and raise up what is unique in them," says Yvetta Blanaro...

 2017-12-29 19:51 

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Czech institute reminds President that welfare restrictions have applied for more than a decade now...

The Institute for Social Inclusion (IPSI) has responded to the Christmas speech made by Czech President Milo Zeman, especially the part where he discusses so-called "inadaptables4;. Zeman said that social benefits should be restricted for persons w...

 2017-12-28 07:55 

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Czech Internet spreads lies and xenophobia after brawl in Brno, Interior Ministry responds...

Detectives in Brno, Czech Republic have charged three foreign nationals on suspicion of assaulting two men, one from Armenia and one from the Czech Republic, in the early morning hours of Saturday on Bhounsk Street. The alleged main instigator of the inci...

 2017-12-27 17:10 

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Czech futsal club "takes a knee" against the xenophobic remarks of the SPD chair and the President...

The Dynamo ern Most futsal club has received hundreds of "likes" and shares on Facebook after player and trainer Marek Blor, a Romani community member, posted a photo expressing disagreement with the hateful remarks of SPD chair Tomio Okamura and ...

 2017-12-27 11:22 

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Czech PM, extremists praise Czech President's Christmas speech, presidential candidates criticize it...

This year's Christmas message from Czech President Milo Zeman has divided the domestic political scene. Czech PM Andrej Babi, the head of the ANO movement, expressed appreciation for the speech, as did SPD chair Tomio Okamura, who said it reflected th...

 2017-12-27 09:42 

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Czech President shakes his fist during Christmas speech, references "inadaptables", rejects early elections...

Czech President Milo Zeman said yesterday that 2017 was a year of good news for the Czech economy and society. In his Christmas message to the nation he expressed appreciation for the security situation in the Czech Republic, for low unemployment, and for...

 2017-12-27 05:55 

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Czech Republic: Romani businesspeople raise funds to support visually impaired children...

Robert Tonelli has repeated last year's initiative and organized a Christmas charity event sponsored by several Romani entrepreneurs and tradespeople. This year's proceeds were donated to children at the Visual Impairment Clinic in Dvr Krlov nad L...

 2017-12-26 11:03 

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Czech lower house approves budget, SPD did not succeed to reduce financing for Romani integration...

The Czech lower house has approved the state budget for 2018, reducing the approved deficit compared to last year by CZK 10 billion to CZK 50 billion. The MPs added CZK 3.3 million in social services, CZK 1 billion to support the agricultural food complex...

 2017-12-26 09:26 

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Czech Republic: Families of children targeted with online hate spend Christmas in the mountains thanks to generous donor...

Children attending the Plynrensk Primary School in Teplice, Czech Republic are spending Christmas together with their families in the Krkonoe Mountains this year after hotelier Alexandr Blek offered them a free stay in the resort town of pindlerv Mln. The...

 2017-12-26 09:24 

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Human rights agenda, including Agency for Social Inclusion and Hate Free Culture, now under Czech Justice Minister...

The Human Rights Section, which during the previous administration was part of the agenda of the Minister for Human Rights, Equal Opportunities and Legislation, is now being administered by the Justice Ministry in the Czech Republic, and Justice Minister ...

 2017-12-23 17:59 

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Denmark: Immigrant and ex-MP visits those who post hateful commentaries and threats online...

zlem Cekic, a former MP in Denmark, has decided to undertake a genuinely unique approach to combating racism and xenophobia. As an immigrant, a Muslim, and a woman she has been targeted with many hateful commentaries, harassment and threats online....

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