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 2018-07-20 13:05 

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Czech Govt Human Rights Commissioner says she will criticize politicians who are racist and resign rather than be censored...

Speaking in an interview for ROMEA TV, the newly-appointed Czech Government Commissioner for Human Rights, Martina tpnkov, who answers directly to Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babi, the head of the ANO movement, said that "Politicians create the climat...

 2018-07-20 11:06 

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Czech NGO teaches Romani people how to start their own businesses...

The DROM Romani Center in Brno, Czech Republic, in collaboration with a statewide project called "Do It!", has just finished delivering a course to show Romani people how to start their own businesses. According to experts, support for small entre...

 2018-07-20 10:00 

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Czech Republic: Romani Student Movement says Roma must be involved in addressing affairs that affect them...

Earlier this month, Romani college students in Ostrava, Czech Republic officially established their group called the Romani Student Movement. In an interview for ROMEA TV, they say they are convinced that only by involving Romani people themselves in addr...

 2018-07-20 08:36 

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Italy: Court in Rome convicts four perpetrators of 2011 pogrom on Romani camp in Turin...

The ANSA wire service reported last week that a court in Rome, Italy found four people guilty of ethnic and racial hatred when they set fire to a Romani camp in the Vallette suburb of Turin in 2011. The appeals court in Turnin had upheld the first-instanc...

 2018-07-18 13:18 

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Romani NGOs around Europe ask why the OSCE is researching alleged radicalization of their communities in Serbia...

Representatives of Romani organizations from around Europe have contacted the head of the OSCE's mission to Serbia to express their alarm over the 10 July 2018 announcement of a search for a "Researcher on Radicalization among the Roma Community i...

 2018-07-17 11:49 

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Czech Interior Minister says MP is lying about foreign nationals voting...

Czech MP Tomio Okamura (SPD), the vice-chair of the lower house and chair of the populist, xenophobic SPD party, announced on his official Facebook profile on Sunday that "Foreigners without Czech citizenship will newly be able to vote in the Czech Re...

 2018-07-16 12:30 

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Italy asks Czech Republic to receive asylum-seekers, Czech PM refuses...

Responding to a question from the Czech News Agency (TK) about the current Italian request for aid with refugees arriving on Italian territory, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babi (ANO) said the Czech Republic will not be accepting any migrants and that he i...

 2018-07-16 12:11 

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Hungarian Scouts claim they did not discriminate against Romani applicants...

Are disadvantaged Hungarian Roma youth who want to become Scouts now the latest victims of the transformation underway in the Hungarian social climate? A case from Borsod County has captured the attention of international media asking whether the organiza...

 2018-07-16 07:35 

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Slovak court finds Romani tenants were discriminated against during eviction and relocation...

A court in eastern Slovakia has decided that the authorities committed discrimination when they evicted tenants from buildings in the center of the town of Sabinov because their treatment of the non-Romani and the Romani tenants was not the same. The Regi...

 2018-07-16 07:35 

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Residents of Czech neighborhood announce "Two Weeks of Vigilance" to protest their impending eviction...

On Monday 9 July the residents of the Bedika neighborhood in Ostrava, Czech Republic announced "Two Weeks of Vigilance" out of concern that they will lose their housing there. The event, subtitled "Colors of Bedika" (a reference to the ann...

 2018-07-16 04:44 

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Czech politician spreads hateful racist hoaxes online against dark-skinned footballers, Muslims and Roma...

The Czech daily Prvo reported on 10 July that Dominik Hanko, chair of the steck Regional Authority's Committee for Social Affairs, Security and Socially Excluded Localities and vice-chair of the "Freedom and Direct Democracy" (SPD) party there...

 2018-07-16 04:33 

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Czech Public Health Institute focuses on Romani children's health, odds are against those in social exclusion...

The health of Romani people is worse than that of the majority population in the Czech Republic. This fact is caused primarily, for socially excluded Romani people, by their insufficient awareness about healthful lifestyles, their lower educations, and th...

 2018-07-15 09:15 

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Finland: Owners of first Romani caf say they want it to bridge cultures...

News server Yle reports that in mid-June the National Romani Forum in Finland announced that a business called Caf Rom in the town of Kotka had become the first restaurant in the country to be owned and managed by local Romani people. Caf Rom is located i...

 2018-07-14 07:56 

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Czech evictees must leave school gym this weekend for housing in socially excluded localities...

Of the people who had to move away from one of two residential hotels that closed as of 30 June in the Czech city of st nad Labem without having anywhere else to go, three families with children and three single men remain housed in the gym of a primary s...

 2018-07-13 19:05 

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Czech Public Defender of Rights calls for social housing law, says media should stop blaming Roma...

At the beginning of this month the annual report on the activity of the Office of the Public Defender of Rights, Anna abatov, was discussed in the Czech lower house. The report included motions for Government review that abatov last managed to bring forwa...

 2018-07-12 09:53 

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Czech Agriculture Ministry wants to collaborate with Romani business group, says Czech Forests already working with one...

News server Lidovky.cz reported on 8 July that the Association of Romani Entrepreneurs and Guilds was alleging that "nobody" has responded to their offer to provide Romani workers to combat the bark beetle calamity. The Agriculture Ministry, howev...

 2018-07-11 16:07 

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German court sentences neo-Nazi to life in prison...

Beate Zschpe, the main defendant in the trial of members of the National Socialist Underground, a neo-Nazi group, will spend the rest of her life in a German prison according to a sentence handed down against her today by the High Court in the state of Mu...

 2018-07-11 07:59 

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Edita Stejskalov: OSCE should send observer missions to Ukraine regarding pogroms against Roma and monitor the police investigation...

Speaking on Slovak Radio's "Romani Word" (Rmsk slovo) program, political scientist Edita Stejskalov said she believes the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) should take action regarding the recent fatal attacks against ...

 2018-07-10 09:52 

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Italy's Lombardy Region first to conduct census of Roma and Sinti, plans to raze illegal camps, Romani organizations protesting...

In Italy the legislature of Lombardy in the north of the country has given the green light to a discriminatory, unconstitutional census of Romani and Sinti people living in that region. Italian media report that a regional commission has been entrusted wi...

 2018-07-09 19:17 

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Jan Cibrik explains his collaboration with Czech city officials who are so harsh about impoverished Roma...

The crisis in the Czech town of st nad Labem that broke out in connection with the closing of two residential hotels seems to have been smoothed over for now. Thanks to enormous efforts primarily by the Deputy Mayor of one of the centrally-located municip...

 2018-07-09 17:05 

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Czech city with homeless evictees refused Govt Agency for Social Inclusion help, some local Roma petitioned against it...

The local assembly in the Czech city of st nad Labem refused to collaborate with the Czech Government Agency for Social Inclusion at a meeting last month. Those in favor of the collaboration were just two assembly members from the movement "Pro! st...

 2018-07-09 05:51 

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Czech Police charge young woman over hateful online speech against first-graders...

The Czech daily Mlad fronta DNES reports that a young woman from the Tachov area has been charged in the case of the hateful, racist commentaries posted beneath a photograph of first-graders at a primary school in Teplice. If convicted she faces up to thr...

 2018-07-08 20:49 

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European Parliament: Shouting matches over Italian "census" of Roma - Jrka finds it reasonable, Post calls for a halt...

The European Parliament experienced a stormy debate last week over the most recent anti-Romani statements by Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. The minister announced that he is planning a census of Romani people in the country and the deportation ...

 2018-07-08 07:30 

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Czech Government revives position of Human Rights Commissioner...

Speaking in an interview for Czech Television on 28 June, Czech Labor and Social Affairs Minister Petr Krl said the Government had approved Martina tpnkov for the reinstated position of Human Rights Commissioner. Prior to the abolition of the post of Huma...

 2018-07-07 07:57 

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Czech Supreme Court overturns acquittal on publication of Hitler's speeches, wants more evidence...

The Czech Supreme Court has overturned the acquittal in the case of the publication of a book of speeches by Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler in Czech translation. The case has been returned to the state prosecutor for further investigation and the accumulation...

 2018-07-06 14:13 

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France: Le Pen and Co. continue to embezzle EU taxpayer money...

The European Parliament (EP) is demanding that French nationalist MEPs return even more money which, according to the EP, has been spent incorrectly. After first discovering expenditures for non-existent assistants, the EP's financial audit has now po...

 2018-07-06 14:12 

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Czech Police refuse immediate comment about extremist stickers on bus used to transport 280 arrested environmental activists...

A photograph of the interior of a bus used by Czech Police to transport activists arrested after a protest against surface mining for brown coal at the Blina mine in the Most district shows that a sticker for the hatemongering Ortel band and an anti-Islam...

 2018-07-06 07:13 

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Czech fundraising campaign begins for 25 evictees now living in a primary school gym...

The gym at a school in the Pedlice neighborhood of the Czech city of st nad Labem became a temporary residence last weekend for 25 people evicted from the Modr residential hotel, which closed on 30 June. Thanks to the enormous efforts made primarily by Ka...

 2018-07-06 06:11 

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Ukraine: Recent pogroms against Roma costing lives around the country...

Michael Benek, a university instructor and Romani Studies scholar who lectures at Charles University in Prague reports from the Ukrainian city of Uzhhorod that "Nationalism is generally growing in Ukraine. This is partially connected with the war in e...

 2018-07-05 14:08 

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Belgium: Roma travellers evicted from caravan site in Anderlecht neighborhood of Brussels...

The Brussels Times reported on 29 June that Romani families, including families with minor children, were eventually forced by Anderlecht municipality to move away from a privately-owned caravan site. News server Romea.cz reported on the impending evictio...

 2018-07-04 15:02 

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Czech research shows 96 % of poorest families in Rapid Re-Housing maintain their housing and improve their health...

A project in Brno, Czech Republic called "Rapid Re-Housing" providing municipally-owned apartment units for lease to families at risk of homelessness is celebrating significant success after its first year. According to research by Ostrava Univers...

 2018-07-03 10:24 

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Slovakia: Man shoots at Romani groundskeepers, then hangs Nazi flag from his window, is now in custody...

Police from Bansk Bystrica are investigating a shooting incident in which a man fired a weapon at Romani people employed by a landscaping firm to mow the lawn at an apartment complex. The attack was perpetrated last week just after 14:00 on Monday and a j...

 2018-07-02 04:29 

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First-graders from Czech school subjected to racist attacks online receive tablets thanks to ROMEA's fundraising drive...

Children attending the primary school in Teplice that faced a wave of racist online commentaries in the autumn of 2017 were given tablets and other small gifts during the end-of-year celebration that were bought for them by the school with the proceeds fr...

 2018-07-01 06:53 

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Czech residential hotels close, 21 people now living in a primary school gym...

Yesterday the last tenants in the two residential hotels closing in the Czech town of st nad Labem moved out. According to those who attended the Friday coordination group meeting among representatives of the city, social workers and nonprofit organizatio...

 2018-06-30 14:20 

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Czech ultraconservative alleges that members of minorities defend their rights at the expense of "heterosexual men who are white"...

Speaking in the lower house on 27 June, the chair of the xenophobic "Freedom and Direct Democracy" (SPD) party, Tomio Okamura, and the ultraconservative Vclav Klaus, Jr (Civic Democratic Party - ODS) criticized the activity of the Czech Public Def...

 2018-06-30 08:27 

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Survey shows people in the Czech Republic trust each other less and have less tolerance for minorities...

Trust is declining in the Czech Republic. So is the degree of tolerance for some minorities - immigrants in general and Muslims in particular....

 2018-06-28 04:41 

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Czech Christian Democrats, SocDems want to stop the use of vouchers in material distress benefits...

The Czech Christian Democrats (KDU-SL) and Czech Social Democrats (SSD) want to absolutely abolish the compulsory disbursal of part of aid to those in material distress in vouchers instead of money and are asking for a return to the previous approach in w...

 2018-06-27 15:01 

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Czech landlord allegedly threatens to pull the plug tonight on evictees' amplified displacement party...

The people being evicted from the Klsk and Modr residential hotels in st nad Labem, Czech Republic are bidding farewell to the neighborhood today with musical performances under the slogans "We Won't Go Live on the Street!" and "Black, Whi...

 2018-06-27 07:22 

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Italian Interior Minister threatens to cancel police protection for crimefighting author who criticizes his anti-Roma attitude...

Roberto Saviano, the Italian author and journalist whose work has been key to combating the mafia, is criticizing Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's harsh stance against refugees and Romani people. The author has faced death threats for years because ...

 2018-06-26 17:30 

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Ukrainian court remands two juveniles into custody for murderous pogrom against Roma, Canada and USA condemn the racist violence...

Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today that a Ukrainian court has remanded two juveniles into custody on suspicion of participating in last weekend's attack on a Romani camp near Lviv. The murderous attack, which the media ascribe to a little-known...

 2018-06-26 13:43 

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Belgium: Roma Travellers to be evicted in EU capital, fire reported at their halting site...

The European Roma Grassroots Organizations network reports that Roma Travellers living in the Anderlecht neighborhood of Brussels, Belgium are scheduled to be evicted on 28 June and that part of their camp has been set on fire. All are reportedly Belgian ...

 2018-06-26 11:47 

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France: Extreme-right members arrested on suspicion of planning to attack Muslims...

An extensive anti-terrorist operation by the French authorities late Saturday and early Sunday resulted in the arrest of 10 adherents of the extreme right who are suspected of preparing attacks against Muslim inhabitants in the country. Agence France-Pres...

 2018-06-25 13:19 

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Czech city says 56 evictees still not rehoused, must move by the end of the week...

Of the two residential hotels in the Czech city of st nad Labem that are closing their operations on Saturday, 56 people still need to be rehoused. There are 224 people officially registered as living in the facilities....

 2018-06-25 13:17 

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USA: Organizer of last year's fatal ultra-right march plans a reprise in the nation's capital...

Jason Kessler, the organizer of last year's ultra-right demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, which turned fatally violent, is planning to hold another such event in August in Washington, D.C. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) repo...

 2018-06-25 12:06 

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Czech institutions designing memorial about the genocide of the Roma are inspired by Norwegian remembrance sites...

Representatives of institutions contributing to designing the building of a new memorial to the genocide of the Roma at Lety u Psku in the Czech Republic made a trip at the beginning of June to locations that commemorate various historical events in Norwa...

 2018-06-25 09:10 

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German judge's word choice causes retrial of arson incident against asylum-seekers' shelter...

The trial of the German neo-Nazi sentenced last year to nine and a half years in prison for committing arson against an asylum-seekers' shelter and other crimes must be redone. The Federal Court in Karlsruhe overturned the first-instance verdict of th...

 2018-06-25 05:02 

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Czech chair of National Council of People Living with Disabilities lets himself be used to promote populist, xenophobic party...

The chair of the National Council of People Living with Disabilities, Vclav Krsa, who is also a former MP for the Civic Democrats (ODS) and Freedom Union (Unie svobody) parties, has contributed to designing the program for the "Freedom and Direct Demo...

 2018-06-24 15:17 

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Week-long education event at Terezn also honors genocide of Roma with concert and flag...

On 22 June yet another year of the Vlak Lustig ("Lustig Train") project began in the spaces of the former Jewish ghetto at Terezn, the aim of which is to inform the public, including schoolchildren, aout the causes and consequences of genocides in...

 2018-06-24 15:07 

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Ukraine: One Romani man killed and others injured, including child, during yet another neo-Nazi pogrom...

During the late night hours of Saturday, 23 June and the early morning hours of Sunday, 24 June yet another attack was perpetrated by neo-Nazis against a Romani encampment in Ukraine. A Romani man was killed and others injured, including a 10-year-old boy...

 2018-06-24 13:20 

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France gives Czech Public Defender of Rights Anna abatov its highest state award, the Legion of Honor...

The Czech Public Defender of Rights, Anna abatov, has received France's highest state award, the Legion of Honor, for her lifelong determination to fight to defend human rights and the rule of law. The honors were awarded by a decree from French Presi...

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