One of the mainstays of a new school law that is to take effect in 2016 is
securing inclusive education for children in schools nation-wide. This
concerns not only children with physical and mental disabilities but
children from socially disadvantaged families and children from the Romany
minority who often end up in so-called practical or special schools with a
Real estate agent Eliška Nosková has been ordered by the district court
in Litoměřice to apologise for discriminating against Czech Romany Lenka
Balogová; the court, however, rejected the 100,000 crowns in damages
sought. In the incident, the plaintiff was not allowed to rent an apartment
she wanted because of her ethnicity. The case had its roots in a plan in
2013, in which the ombudsperson’s office sought to uncover discrimination
by real estate agencies..
The Czech Republic is continuing to discriminate against the Roma minority,
according to an annual report by the US State Department, which evaluates
adherence to human rights worldwide. The report for 2014 says that
discrimination of the Roma population is the Czech Republic’s biggest
human rights problem. It also suggests that Czech politicians and media
contribute significantly to the anti-Roma sentiments in the country.
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland is in
Prague for talks with Czech top officials. During talks with Czech Foreign
Minister Lubomir Zaoralek Mr. Jagland praised the Czech Republic as a
staunch defender of human rights in Europe, stressing that the protection
of human rights and rule of law were essential for security in Europe.
The number of spots designated as ghettos in the Czech Republic has doubled
since 2006, according to a report prepared for the Ministry of Labour and
Social Affairs by the company GAC. There are now 606 poverty-stricken
buildings, streets and districts in the country, the study said. An
estimated 115,000 people, many from the Roma minority, live in places
designated as socially excluded, compared to 80,000 nine years ago.
Roma children in Czech schools face daily discrimination and segregation,
the human rights watchdog Amnesty International says in a report released
on Thursday. According to Amnesty International, the situation is caused by
the Czech government’s longstanding failure to address deeply engrained
prejudice within the education system. Amnesty International’s Secretary
General, Salil, Shetty, said that that by “failing to properly address
this issue for years the Czech government is not only breaching European
Union and human rights law but is restricting the life chances of tens of
thousands of Czech citizens.” In reaction to the report, the Czech
Ministry of Education told the Czech News Agency that it had recently taken
a number of measures in support of inclusion..
Czech Roma Petr Torák, who serves as officer for the British Police in
Cambridgeshire, will receive the Order of the British Empire in May. Queen
Elizabeth II has decided to award the officer for his service for the Roma
community. Petr Torák has lived in Britain since 1999, when he left the
Czech Republic following several racist attacks on him and his family
Petr Torák, a Czech Roma who moved to the UK in 1999, is to be honoured
with an OBE for his outstanding work as a police officer. Torák, who was
targeted by neo-Nazis in the Czech Republic, has been making headlines for
many years for his remarkable commitment to public service.