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 2018-04-26 13:19 

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Czech educators told Romani child she was "slow" - in the UK she's on her second college degree and working as a dental nurse...

Adriana Rcov comes from a Romani family in Ostrava, Czech Republic, one of five children who spent her childhood on a farm in a rural environment. Just like her siblings, she attended primary school in Ostrava where, according to her, her class teacher di...

 2018-04-26 10:41 

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Czech Republic will not finance new memorial at Romani genocide site, funds will come from Norway...

The new memorial to the Holocaust and its Romani victims at the site of the former concentration camp for Romani people in Lety u Psku will not be paid for by the Czech state. At a public meeting in Lety yesterday held by the Museum of Romani Culture and ...

 2018-04-26 08:28 

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Ukraine: Video of pogrom against Roma shows neo-Nazis chasing children, throwing rocks at them and using tear gas...

Members of the Ukrainian neo-Nazi organization C14 set fire to a camp not far from the center of Kiev on Saturday, 21 April that had been built by Romani people, most of whom are originally from the Carpathian Region. Video footage of the pogrom has been ...

 2018-04-25 10:43 

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Czech singer gets married on Hitler's birthday at a chateau where the SS were headquartered...

News server Expres.cz. reports that Tom Ortel (born Tom Hndek), the singer for the hate-mongering band Ortel, got "secretly" married on Friday, 20 April 2018 at the Zbiroh Chateau. He said "I do" to his longtime girlfriend on Adolf Hitler&...

 2018-04-24 14:41 

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Czech city ignores Constitutional Court and refuses to abolish ordinance banning sitting outdoors...

The Mosteck denk daily reports that the City of Most is rejecting a call from the Czech Interior Ministry to abolish the unlawful part of a local ordinance banning sitting outdoors other than in locations intended for that purpose. "This is an effecti...

 2018-04-24 13:25 

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Czech NGO ROMEA launches I HAVE A DREAM! campaign to support Romani students...

The ROMEA organization, in collaboration with Bader Philanthropies, has launched another campaign to support students as part of their Scholarship Program for Romani students of colleges, high schools and technical schools. The campaign is entitled I HAVE...

 2018-04-23 11:43 

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ROMACT: EU initiative to help Roma with support from local authorities...

The ROMACT Programme aims to assist municipalities and municipal authorities to work with local Roma communities to develop inclusive policies and public services....

 2018-04-23 11:35 

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ERIAC hosts International Cultural Outreach Program in 7 cities to showcase their activities...

ERIAC's main international activity is its International Cultural Outreach Program, financed by the Federal Foreign Office of the German Government....

 2018-04-22 12:48 

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Germany: Three assailants attack two youths wearing yarmulkes in the capital...

Deutsche-Presse Agentur (DPA) reported on 18 April that three unidentified assailants attacked two youths wearing yarmulkes, the traditional Jewish head covering for men, in Berlin. One of those assaulted was an Israeli citizen who filmed the incident....

 2018-04-22 12:02 

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Czech MP Karel Schwarzenberg will attend public discussion of the future memorial at Romani genocide site in Lety...

On Wednesday, 25 April 2018 at 17:00 yet another discussion will take place in the series being organized by the Museum of Romani Culture together with the ROMEA public benefit corporation on the future possible form of the memorial to the Holocaust and i...

 2018-04-22 08:47 

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Czech Public Defender of Rights says police failed in their response to shooting at children's camp...

The Czech Police, according to the Public Defender of Rights, committed an error in the case of shooting incidents at a summer camp in the town of Jietn pod Jedlovou (Dn district) attended by Romani children from Ida Kelarov's choral ensemble. The pol...

 2018-04-22 06:22 

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Czech Republic: Stricter conditions for non-bank lenders are clearing the market of fraud...

The Most regional edition of Denk.cz reports that a stricter law on consumer lending intended to combat illegal loans and usury has been in effect in the Czech Republic for a year and a half now. According to a survey by the Czech Banking Association (BA)...

 2018-04-22 05:11 

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Germany: 750 neo-Nazis celebrate Hitler's birthday, police confiscate their materials...

Yesterday German Police confiscated banners, posters, and t-shirts with banned messages at an extensive festival held by neo-Nazis in the eastern community of Ostritz. Law enforcement also regularly checked whether the approximately 750 people in attendan...

 2018-04-21 10:10 

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Michal Miko to the Czech Regional Development Minister: Live in a container yourself and then we'll see what you think of it...

The proposal of the Czech Regional Development Minister to build 55 000 "container" units of housing has outraged various civic activists. Michal Miko, project coordinator for the Slovo 21, z.s. NGO, has taken an unequivocally negative stance on t...

 2018-04-21 08:59 

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BBC Three Documentary Exposes Human Rights Abuses In Hungary's State-Care Homes...

In a new special on BBC Three, Stacey Dooley investigates the Roma situation in Hungary, exposing the abuse committed by state-run care homes into which Romani children are being placed. The state repeatedly removes Romani children from their homes becaus...

 2018-04-21 06:55 

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71 Czech towns plan to ban housing benefits and make life harder for the poorest of the poor...

Zones with an alleged "increased incidence of undesirable phenomena" in which new applicants will not be able to receive housing benefits have been announced or are planned for 71 cities and municipalities throughout the Czech Republic. The Instit...

 2018-04-21 05:52 

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Alliance against Antigypsyism: EU Roma Week is an opportunity to focus on tackling antigypsyism in Europe...

The third annual EU Roma Week at the European Parliament was launched on International Roma Day (8 April) this year. The annual advocacy event is an important opportunity to put the fight against antigypsyism the specific form of racism faced by Roma, Sin...

 2018-04-20 16:08 

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Michal Miigr: So Romani history will not be lost...

His friends know him by his nickname, "Miu". MICHAL MIIGR originally wanted to become a cook, but his life has turned out differently: the 27-year-old graduate of Charles University in Prague today speaks several foreign languages and is studying ...

 2018-04-19 10:26 

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Traditional commemorative ceremony for the Romani victims of the Holocaust 13 May at Lety will launch new award...

On Sunday, 13 May 2018, the traditional commemorative ceremony to honor the memory of the Romani victims of the Holocaust will take place at the Lety u Psku Memorial. The ceremony is annually organized by the Committee for the Redress of the Roma Holocaus...

 2018-04-19 07:23 

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VIDEO: First-instance verdict in the Chomutov shooting case - 12.5 years...

The Regional Court in st nad Labem has sentenced 37-year-old Petr Benda to 12.5 years in prison for shooting dead a Romani man behind the wheel of a van last spring at a housing estate in Chomutov. Benda faced as many as 20 years in prison for firing 13 b...

 2018-04-17 10:25 

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Norway confirms it will give EUR 1 million to create memorial to Romani genocide at Lety...

Norwegian Ambasador Siri Ellen Sletner confirmed yesterday at Lety u Psku that Norway wants to contribute one million euro to building a memorial to the Holocaust and its Romani victims at the site of a former concentration camp which until recently was b...

 2018-04-17 08:34 

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BREAKING NEWS: Czech shooter of Romani man gets 12.5 years in prison...

The Regional Court in st nad Labem has sentenced 37-year-old Petr Benda to 12.5 years in prison for shooting a Romani man dead behind the wheel of a van in Chomutov last spring. The court ruled that the van posed no danger to anybody at the time of the sh...

 2018-04-17 07:31 

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Slovakia: Romani barber builds salon in small town despite local prejudices...

Dalibor Ferenc has fought to the end and won what he has long been desiring, namely, the opportunity to build his own hairdressing salon in a small town in the ilina Region in northern Slovakia. The 23-year-old has managed to overcome a difficult period d...

 2018-04-17 04:45 

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Czech Police arrest two Romani men for attack on police, confirm media exaggerated the incident...

Police have charged two men in connection with an assault committed against a police patrol in the town of Krupka (Teplice district). Teplice Police spokesperson Daniel Vtek informed the media of the charges on 13 April....

 2018-04-16 14:09 

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Czech Justice Minister leaving politics because most of his fellow ANO members hold different opinions about human rights...

Czech Justice Minister Robert Pelikn (ANO) will not be in the next Government and is ending his political career. News server Aktuln.cz published an interview in which he made the announcement on 8 April....

 2018-04-16 14:08 

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Czech Justice Minister leaving politics because most of his fellow ANO members hold different opinions about human rights...

Czech Justice Minister Robert Pelikn (ANO) will not be in the next Government and is ending his political career. News server Aktuln.cz published an interview in which he made the announcement on 8 April....

 2018-04-16 05:12 

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Hundreds commemorate Romani victims of WWII-era camp, criticize Czech politicians for Holocaust denial...

The Czech News Agency has reported that on 9 April approximately 300 people in the town of esk Budjovice joined a commemorative ceremony for the victims of the concentration camp in Lety u Psku. Those assembled held a minute of silence and brought papers ...

 2018-04-15 11:40 

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Czech President pushing Czech PM into Government with right-wing extremists...

Czech President Milo Zeman has recommended that outgoing Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babi (ANO) continue to negotiate forming a new Government with the Communists and the "Freedom and Direct Democracy" (SPD) movement. Babi informed the press of th...

 2018-04-15 08:01 

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Traffickers in poverty in the Czech Republic have a new trick for not losing their profitable business model...

Real estate speculators in the Czech Republic who charge high rents for dilapidated apartment units in socially excluded localities do not intend to lose their profitable "enterprises";. They are selling apartment units in places where local counci...

 2018-04-14 17:24 

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Czech media again exaggerate assault incident, promote antigypsyist stereotypes...

Media in the Czech Republic keep reporting increasingly higher and higher numbers of Romani people who are alleged to have assaulted a police patrol in the town of Krupka. The incident happened Tuesday evening when a two-member patrol of a female and a ma...

 2018-04-14 15:24 

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Slovakia: Meet the Romani teacher who refused to grade racist essays...

"I don't feel like an alien or an exotic person who significantly differs from everybody else," says Alexandra Berkyov. The young Romani woman used to work in education and says she has rarely encountered racist abuse personally....

 2018-04-13 14:50 

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Gallery in Czech capital to host discussion about new memorial commemorating the Romani genocide...

On Wednesday 18 April at 18:00 the VI PER Gallery is holding a discussion entitled "Building the memorial at the site of the former concentration camp at Lety". The aim of the discussion is to answer questions about the arrangements for the site o...

 2018-04-13 12:59 

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Hungarian pro-Government weekly publishes blacklist naming alleged "non-conformists"...

Yesterday Hungary's pro-Government Figyel weekly published the names of 200 people whose views do not conform to those of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbn, alleging that they belong to a group the PM has labeled as "mercenaries"; working fo...

 2018-04-13 11:09 

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Czech Labor Inspection discovers highest numbers of discriminatory want ads in four years...

News server iRozhlas.cz reports that despite very low unemployment levels, the State Office of Labor Inspection in the Czech Republic has reported a record-high number of discriminatory want ads in which employers a priori exclude either foreign nationals...

 2018-04-10 17:11 

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US Ambassador hangs the Romani flag at the US Embassy in Prague...

As in previous years, the Embassy of the United States of America in Prague hung the Romani flag on its building to mark International Romani Day (8 April). US Ambassador Stephen King hung the flag from the window of the Embassy on the afternoon of Monday...

 2018-04-10 08:08 

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Czech Foreign Ministry flies Romani flag, outgoing Foreign Minister and Justice Minister meet with Roma...

On the occasion of International Roma Day, the outgoing Czech Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Martin Stropnick and outgoing Justice Minister Robert Pelikn met at the Czech Foreign Ministry on 9 April 2018 with several Romani figures. The main s...

 2018-04-10 06:46 

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Czech Republic: Romani students send video message for International Romani Day...

During the fifth BARUVAS meeting at the end of March in Tnec nad Szavou, Czech Republic, 22 students in different areas of secondary education filmed a video with a strong message. The clip was published by news server Romea.cz on the occasion of Internat...

 2018-04-09 14:29 

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Czech trial of last year's murder of a Romani man in Chomutov, defendant claims he was trying to protect people...

On 4 April the Regional Court in st nad Labem began to hear the case of last year's murder at a housing estate in Chomutov. Petr Benda (age 37) faces up to 20 years in prison and has been charged with firing his weapon 13 times at a van being driven b...

 2018-04-09 10:21 

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Professor Iulius Rostas about school segregation: "Bad not only for Roma children, but for the whole society"...

Professor Iulius Rostas participated in a panel called the "Rights of the Roma Child: The Struggle to Combat School Segregation in the EU" during the European Conference hosted by the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the Fletche...

 2018-04-09 06:12 

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Czech celebrations of International Romani Day head to Brussels with theater performance...

Yesterday evening the Archa theater in Prague heard the stirring rhythms of Romani songs. 8 April, International Romani Day, fell on a Sunday this year....

 2018-04-09 06:12 

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Czech Republic: More than 3 000 Roma celebrate International Romani Day on a square in Ostrava...

More than 3 000 people, the vast majority of them Romani, assembled on Saturday afternoon on Svatopluk ech Square in Ostrava to celebrate International Romani Day. The initiators of the event were two Romani students, Vladimr ermk and Vladimr Koko....

 2018-04-08 14:11 

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Prague celebrations of International Romani Day end today with gala...

The Prague celebrations of International Romani Day will culminate today at the Archa theater with an evening gala full of non-Romani and Romani celebrities. The performance will close the three days of celebrations directed by the ARA ART organization....

 2018-04-08 14:11 

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European Roma and Travellers Forum: Roma Rights at a Crossroads...

Roma Day is the occasion for all Roma from all over the world to remember the troubled history of our people. It is also the opportunity to reflect on what needs to be done to preserve our identity, our culture and, most of all, our language....

 2018-04-07 12:57 

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Prague celebrations of International Romani Day continue, contingent from Brno coming for a surprise event...

Today the Prague celebrations of International Romani Day are continuing with an evening program "Brnodrom", at the Uhelna club featuring Romani performers from Brno. Audiences can look forward to a comedy sketch, "Miri fajta", and a music...

 2018-04-06 14:04 

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Romani children from choir whose summer camp was shot at write to Czech PM, Police, seeking apology...

Romani children from the havorenge choral ensemble led by Ida Kelarov have written a letter to the Czech Police and to Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babi in which they remind them of the incident they experienced during the summer of 2016 and the fact the C...

 2018-04-06 11:06 

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International Romani Day celebrations begin in Czech capital with Romani tram ride - "tROMvajka"...

The Prague celebrations of International Romani Day are beginning today with an historic "tROMvaj" ride through the capital, accompanied by live music. ROMEA TV will broadcast the tram's first trip around the city today live online....

 2018-04-05 06:04 

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Romani rappers P. A. T. and Rytmus in new video: Czechs and Slovaks are "drunk on hatred"...

P.A.T. and Rytmus have released a new video for their song "Neprispsobiv4; ("Inadaptables"). The harsh lyrics are about racism against Romani people....

 2018-04-03 06:26 

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Analysis: Czech housing benefits keep people's heads above water...

On 19 March the Supreme Audit Office (NK) published a report about its audit of the Czech Labor and Social Affairs Ministry, the General Directorate of the Labor Office and the Czech Government Agency for Social Inclusion. The audit assessed the impacts o...

 2018-04-02 06:30 

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Czech Justice Minister visits Moravian-Silesian Region's excluded localities, housing is the most essential issue...

Life in excluded localities, trafficking in "social housing", unemployment, indebtedness, educational problems, and crime. All of these subjects were encountered by Justice and Human Rights Minister Robert Pelikn and Deputy Justice and Human Right...

 2018-04-02 05:28 

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Czech Republic: Theme of International Romani Day celebrations this year is Romipen...

On Sunday 8 April International Romani Day will be celebrated in the Czech Republic for the 18th time. The Prague celebrations will last three days and are being directed by the ART ART organization...

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