Tag Archives: Czech Republic

15.7.2014, romea.cz – Czech Police arrest man who painted Nazi graffiti

Police have charged a 24-year-old man from the town of Litvínov (Most district) with displaying sympathy for a movement aimed at suppressing human rights and freedoms and criminal property damage. The man has admitted to spray-painting Nazi symbols on a building in the outskirts of the town of Most. Ludmila Světláková, spokesperson for the Most Police, informed the Czech News ... Read More »

12.7.2014, romea.cz – Brussels insists the Czech Republic allocate EU money directly for Romani inclusion

The Czech Republic claims it has convinced the European Commission to back down from most of its 88 exceptions to the country’s plans for drawing EU money. However, the Czechs have yet to reach agreement with the Commission on several topics, such as financing the inclusion of Romani people into society and the absence of a Service Act. Deputy Regional ... Read More »

7.7.2014, romea.cz – Fourth year of Roma Spirit awards begins

CZECH REPUBLIC – Otevřená společnost, o.p.s. (Open Society, o.p.s.) and the Michael Kocáb Foundation are announcing the fourth annual 2014 Roma Spirit awards in the Czech Republic (formerly known as Gypsy Spirit). The mission of the awards is to appreciate and popularize the active efforts of everyone who contributes toward improving the situation of Romani people in the Czech Republic. ... Read More »

26.6.2014, romea.cz – Czech senator pays fine for racism, appeals to Constitutional Court

Czech Senator Vladimír Dryml has paid his fine of CZK 20 000 for verbally assaulting a Yemeni doctor. The sanction was handed down by the Senate’s Committee on Immunity, which found that Dryml’s remarks had a racial subtext. When Dryml appealed that decision to the Senate as a whole, it upheld the committee’s decision. Dryml has now confirmed to the ... Read More »

24.6.2014, romea.cz – Czech Republic invested less into Romani students last year

Last year the Czech state invested CZK 5.6 million [EUR 204 000] into supporting Romani students attending higher vocational and secondary schools. The money went to young people from poorer families to cover the costs of commuting, meals, and school supplies. Compared to 2012, the sum invested has declined significantly (from CZK 7.98 million, or EUR 291 000). The numbers ... Read More »

20.6.2014, romea.cz – Commentary: Active, emancipated Roma by 2020 is goal of Czech strategy

Government strategies are not usually the most attractive or readable of texts. As far as the position of Romani people is concerned, readers can find many government documents have been produced already, including the Strategy for the Fight against Social Exclusion or the Strategy for Social Inclusion. Now a new document is asking for our attention, namely, the Romani Integration ... Read More »

18.6.2014, romea.cz – Commentary: Czech Roma Strategy should support the Romani intelligentsia more

Despite all of the concepts and efforts expended to date, the situation of Romani people in the Czech Republic is deteriorating. According to estimates, 80 000 – 100 000 Romani people (an estimated one-third of all Roma living in the Czech Republic) are grappling with burdensome problems of social exclusion. During the past several years some negative phenomena have dramatically ... Read More »

17.6.2014, romea.cz – “I was born in your bed”: Czech town presents Venice Biennale exhibition on Roma

An exhibition by multimedia artist Daniel Pešta, whose work was featured in the 2013 Venice Biennale, will now be exhibited comprehensively for the first time in the Czech Republic. The project, which is dominated by two large-format pieces of video art, is about the phenomenon of the Romani issue and individuals’ attitudes toward it. The exhibition will take place from ... Read More »

14.6.2014, romea.cz – Czech residential hotel issues remain unresolved

All of the Czech Republic was shocked three years ago by the footage of otherwise honorable citizens marching side by side with ultra-right radicals and chanting “Gypsies to the gas chambers” in the town of Varnsdorf. Residential hotels for socially vulnerable people were the thorn in their side. The demonstrators blamed the tenants of those facilities for increased crime and ... Read More »

13.6.2014, romareact.org – Let’s stop segregation!

The participants from the European Project Young Roma Civic Advocates went to Czech Republic at the end of May, attending to a very interesting journalism training course. The young Roma participants learned many useful tools about how to manage digital platforms for publishing news and reports, related to The Roma cause during the training, but maybe the biggest experience was ... Read More »