Tag Archives: Slovakia

30.6.2014, romea.cz – Czech-French film about Roma wins main prize at Slovak festival

The film “Cesta ven” (“The Way Out”) by director and screenwriter Petr Václav has won the main prize for Best Film at the Art Film Fest in Slovakia, according to the festival organizers. The story of a young Romani mother refusing to accept her adverse social position was one of 11 films competing in the feature film category. “The film ... Read More »

28.6.2014, romea.cz – Slovak Plenipotentiary for Romani Community to run own journal – is it unfair competition?

The Office of the Slovak Government Plenipotentiary for the Romani Community (Úřad zmocněnce vlády SR pro romskou komunitu – ÚSVRK) will be publishing its own journal under the title Romane Nevipena. The aim of the periodical is get more information to municipalities and field workers participating in projects for the Romani community. News server Teraz.sk reports that ÚSVRK has received ... Read More »

13.6.2014, romea.cz – Slovak court awards compensation to Roma refused service

A Slovak court has awarded compensation of EUR 600 to a Romani couple who were refused service by a bar in the east of the country five years ago. The non-governmental organization Counseling Center for Civil and Human Rights (Poradna pro občanská a lidská práva), which represented the Romani clients before the court, has issued a press release about the ... Read More »

5.6.2014, romareact.org – Czech and Slovak mayors and school directors present social inclusion successes

On Monday, 2 June, mayors, school directors and people from the NNO sector in the Czech Republic and Slovakia who have experience with including socially excluded residents of their communities gathered in the Lichtenstein Palace in Prague for a conference under the auspices of Czech Human Rights Minister Jiří Dienstbier. Czech Labor and Social Affairs Minister Michaela Marksová Tominová also ... Read More »

3.6.2014, The Huffington Post – Roma Youth Get Organized

It wasn’t easy to find Kecerovce. I missed the turnoff on the road leading out of Kosice, the main city in eastern Slovakia. One of the clerks at the gas station where I stopped for directions had never heard of the place, and the other one didn’t know how to get there. I eventually retraced my steps, found the right ... Read More »

7.2.2014. – The Huffington Post: Bridging Social Distance in Slovakia

The social distance between Roma and non-Roma communities in Europe is quite large. In other words, there is not a great deal of mixing between the two communities. Applying the scale developed by Emory Bogardus in 1925 – which asks people questions about willingness to intermarry at one end to eagerness to deport at the other — we see that ... Read More »

1.2.2014. – romea.cz: Slovakia – Romani victims of police harassment testify

A Slovak court has just completed a two-day hearing into the case of police officers who harassed Romani boys in 2009. Four of the children and several of their parents have testified to date. News server Korzár.sk reports that 10 residents of Košice have sued the police in the case from 2009. On Wednesday and Thursday at the Košice II ... Read More »

29.1.2014. – romea.cz: Slovakia – Police arrest neo-Nazis in Nitra, investigative delays to be reviewed

News server SME.sk reports that yesterday evening, police in Nitra finally arrested five neo-Nazis whose brutal assault on the defenseless customers of the Mariatchi student bar was captured by municipal police cameras last year. The video footage of the brutal assault was made public and media began to report on the case, apparently speeding up the police investigation. “We have ... Read More »

20.1.2014. – romea.cz: Slovakia – Villages burned by Nazis during WWII elect right-wing extremist today

In the Central Slovakian villages of Kľak and Ostrý Grúň, whose inhabitants were massacred during the Second World War, most people are now voting for right-wing extremist Marián Kotleba. The online edition of the Slovak newspaper Sme notes this fact in its commemoration of the massacre, which took place 69 years ago. Kľak and Ostrý Grúň, where the anti-partisan Edelweiss ... Read More »

18.1.2014. – thenewfederalist.eu: Elections in Slovakia – following the European trend

Marian Kotleba, chief of the ultra-nationalist People´s party – Our Slovakia (LSNS), won the regional elections and has become the governor of Banska Bystrica Self-Governing Region in the central part of the country. His convincing victory was a shock for experts, traditional politicians and also for many common people. otleba is a 36-year-old former high school teacher with master’s degrees ... Read More »