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[ 02.11.2015 ] - Daniela Lazarova

Queen Elizabeth II has decorated Czech Romany policeman Petr Torák with the Order of the British Empire. Torák, who left the Czech Republic in 1999 over repeated attacks by neo-Nazis, now lives and works in Peterborough, north of London and has been hailed as the new face of British policing. Torák, who speaks five languages, has been applauded for his services to the local Romany community and his skills in dealing with migrants.
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[ 28.10.2015 ] - Dominik Jůn

Photo: European Commission In this special programme on Czech Independence Day I am joined by noted historian Jan Rychlík, and we will also be hearing from Jan Hartl of the STEM polling agency. We will examine the influence of foreigners and minority groups in the Czech lands throughout history and try to gain a greater understanding of contemporary Czech attitudes in this regard.
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[ 24.10.2015 ] - Ian Willoughby

Photo: Filip Jandourek Prague has of course changed in a host of ways during my 20-odd years living here. One of the most striking developments has been the dramatic fall in the number of Romanies in the city.
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[ 14.10.2015 ] - Daniela Lazarova

The Constitutional Court has ruled on the reopening of a case pertaining to the possible discrimination of three Romanies who were refused accommodation in a hotel in north Bohemia. The three men claim that the receptionist had confirmed they had vacant rooms over the phone but refused to accommodate them when they turned up in person. A ruling by the regional court in Ustí nad Labem went in favour of the hotel which produced an earlier booking for all of the hotel’s 156 rooms by a German entrepreneur who allegedly failed to turn up.
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[ 05.10.2015 ] - Daniela Lazarova

Over a hundred people joined the fourth Roma Pride march through the centre of Prague on Sunday afternoon. The event is an annual celebration of Romany culture and identity and aims to draw attention to the discrimination of Romanies in the Czech Republic, be it in the sphere of housing, education or on the job market. Similar Roma Pride marches took place in 13 European capitals.
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[ 24.09.2015 ] - Daniela Lazarova

The minister for human rights and minorities, Jiří Dienstbier, is to meet with the mayors of 36 towns and cities who are involved in a government programme to fight social exclusion. The talks will focus on the extent of progress made, the problems involved and the possibility of acquiring grants for various initiatives in support of social inclusion. A ten-year European initiative involving 12 European states with Romany minorities to improve their socio-economic status across the region ended earlier this year.
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[ 14.09.2015 ] - Daniela Lazarova

The Decade of Roma Inclusion, an initiative of 12 European countries to improve the socio-economic status and social inclusion of the Romany minority across the region, managed to raise awareness of the plight of Romanies but failed to prevent their segregation, delegates of the respective states concluded at a closing conference in Sarajevo marking the end of the project. The initiative was launched in 2005, and was the first multinational project in Europe of this kind.According to the Czech minister for human rights, Jiří Dienstbier the projects in individual countries suffered from a lack of finances, but the initiative was useful in that all participating countries developed action plans setting certain target goals and brought together experts in the field. The 12 countries that took part are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Spain, which all have significant Romani minorities..
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[ 08.09.2015 ] - Ruth Frankova

Illustrative photo: Gabriela Hauptvogelová Czech schools have repeatedly been criticised by international watchdogs and advocacy groups for their practice of placing disproportionately large numbers of Romany children in segregated schools. In a most recent case, a school in the small town of Krásná Lípa in north Bohemia has come into the spotlight after creating a special Roma class, allegedly to help the Roma children catch up with the rest of their schoolmates.
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