Tag Archives: Czech Republic

30.1.2014. – romea.cz: Czech Republic – Romani enrolments into first grade exceeding capacity of school in Předlice

Martin Košnar, director of the primary school in the Předlice quarter of Ústí nad Labem, says that exponentially more children than usual are enrolling into the first grade there. All of the children enrolled there are of Romani nationality. “It’s not that the school was established as a Romani one, that fact has developed on the basis of the situation ... Read More »

28.1.2014. – romea.cz: Czech Republic – Romani candidate proposed for Deputy Human Rights Minister

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, the chair of the Czech Social Democrats, and Andrej Babiš, chair of the ANO movement, have not yet reached agreement on deputy ministerial appointments for the incoming cabinet. The names of some of the deputy ministers that ANO intends to send to the ministries have now been revealed. Edita Stejskalová, a political scientist and Romani ... Read More »

27.1.2014. – romea.cz: Czech lower house speaker condemns MP’s visit to neo-Nazi convicted of racially-motivated murder

Czech MP Jan Hamáček (Czech Social Democratic Party – ČSSD), the speaker of the lower house, has commented on the recent visit paid by Czech MP Tomio Okamura to Vlastimil Pechanec, who is serving time for the racially-motivated murder of a Romani man, calling the visit “extremely inappropriate and unfortunate.” Hamáček posted the comment through Facebook as follows: “In my ... Read More »

26.1.2014. – romea.cz: Czech Human Rights Minister-designate – Populism won’t resolve ghettos

Czech Senator Jiří Dienstbier (Czech Social Democratic Party – ČSSD) has said he would like to legislate the right of every child to a place in preschool, greater powers for the ombudsman, and the opportunity for gay and lesbian couples to adopt when he takes up the post of human rights minister. While in office, he intends to spend most ... Read More »

25.1.2014. – romea.cz: Czech Republic – Trial to start in case of violent death of a Romani man at the hands of police

Here in the Czech Republic, the media in general and this news server in particular are often criticized for reporting too often on racially-motivated crimes committed against Romani people. The following example shows that this is not always the case, as there are many such cases that quickly fizzle out without the media following them at all. It has been ... Read More »

22.1.2014. – romea.cz: Czech Republic – 47 charged so far over anti-Romani unrest in České Budějovice

Police have so far charged 47 people in connection with last year’s unrest at the Máj housing estate in České Budějovice. Some have already been given suspended sentences. The unrest at the town’s biggest housing estate occurred from June through August of last year, when several anti-Romani demonstrations and marches were held there. South Bohemian Police spokesperson Jiří Matzner told ... Read More »

21.1.2014. – romea.cz: Czech suspect says Romani victim must have stabbed himself to death

The Regional Court in Ústí nad Labem began hearing testimony on 20 January 2014 in the case of Stanislav Sýkora, who faces charges of racially motivated grievous bodily harm. Sýkora has testified that he is not guilty and that he believes the Romani victim caused his own injuries, of which he later died. The incident occured on 24 May 2013 ... Read More »

19.1.2014. – romea.cz: Czech Republic – Neo-Nazi bands play secret concert in Prague

The Antifa.cz website reports that the neo-Nazi bands Summer Heroes and Violence Station are scheduled to perform this evening in a secret concert at the Na Slamníku restaurant in Prague. The choice of venue is shocking, as the pub has previously been understood as a place for punk or rock music concerts that share a certain esprit du corps with the underground ... Read More »

17.1.2014. – romea.cz: Markus Pape – Czech Republic’s most serious racial attack of 2013 on trial

Next Monday the Regional Court in Ústí nad Labem will review the most serious case of racially motivated violence to have occurred in 2013. During the celebrations around the opening of the spa in the town of Teplice, a non-Romani man working at an outdoor sausage stand seriously injured several Romani youths with a knife before stabbing a random Romani ... Read More »

15.1.2014. – romea.cz: Czech Republic – Trials continue in Duchcov scandals

Last Thursday and Friday the court in Teplice reviewed last year’s crusade by four Romani people in Duchcov who were seeking bloody revenge for an anti-Romani demonstration organized there and who ended up injuring two evidently randomly selected antagonists one night. No verdict has yet been announced. More witnesses are scheduled to give testimony in the case. The next hearing ... Read More »