Czech Republic

Dark-Skinned Danger

By • on February 24, 2014

A police-issued coloring book teaches Czech children a lesson about adults’ fears. What does a pedophile look like? Usually he’s a man, but beyond that physical traits are worthless predictors.

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Violence erupts at Czech anti-Roma rally

Violence erupts at Czech anti-Roma rally

By • on July 2, 2013

A weekend rally in a largely Roma neighborhood in the southern Czech city of Ceske Budejovice turned violent and forced the police to intervene, according to the Czech News Agency.

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“I will not sell a car to a Roma”

“I will not sell a car to a Roma”

By • on April 29, 2013

This is an ad I saw two weeks ago on some Czech website selling used cars. My boyfriend was surfing the web in order to find a second-hand transit van at a convenient price. He stumbled upon one sold for a very low price which made the deal seem a bit suspicious. However, what really got our attention

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The end of compulsory work in the Czech Republic

The end of compulsory work in the Czech Republic

By • on February 6, 2013

Until the end of November 2012, employment offices in the Czech Republic were able to send the unemployed to take part in unpaid community service work. But this has finally come to an end in December 2012.

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Přednádraží Still Stands: Czech Roma Community Resists Evictions

Přednádraží Still Stands: Czech Roma Community Resists Evictions

By • on January 18, 2013

In August 2012, the Ostrava City Hall issued a 24-hour eviction order to the owner of the 11 buildings at Přednádraží, asking him to evict all of the residents, giving as a reason an unsafe condition of the buildings, primarily due to broken sewage lines. Three lawsuits have been filed between the

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Extensively promoted in the media, the end of the world also mobilized some Roma

Extensively promoted in the media, the end of the world also mobilized some Roma

By • on January 14, 2013

“There were supposed to be several ends of the world, none of which I believed in, but this time I am really afraid that it can come because of some natural disaster. So I will be as prepared as I can,”

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Roma slowly let go of food habits brought from India

Roma slowly let go of food habits brought from India

By • on October 8, 2012

Until recently, a Roma man would not eat leftovers from the previous day. In other words, he would not touch food left from a previous meal, and the woman who had the audacity of serving that would get shouted at. But not only a man would refuse old food, a woman or a child would do the same thing. This

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Life as a Roma Mother

Life as a Roma Mother

By • on August 17, 2012

Andrea and Denisa, two young Roma mothers, speak of the joys and challenges of motherhood in the Czech Republic.

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Czech Tabloid Editor on Attack!

Czech Tabloid Editor on Attack!

Pavel Safr, editor in chief of the Blesk tabloid, is rejecting criticism that his newspaper, which is the most widely circulated in the Czech Republic, has been intentionally writing anti-Romani stories and therefore directly encouraging the growth of racism in society. Safr believes Romani people

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‘Břeclav scandal shocked us all,’ says Czech human rights commissioner

‘Břeclav scandal shocked us all,’ says Czech human rights commissioner

By • on June 29, 2012

Monika Šimůnková is the Czech Government Human Rights Commissioner. Right at the start of her appointment, she was handicapped by the fact that Czech Prime Minister Petr Nečas had taken several months to find a replacement for the previous Commissioner, Michael Kocáb. The nonprofit sector and some

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