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[ 03.10.2016 ] - Daniela Lazarova

Over 80 MEPs have signed an appeal for the European Commission to secure the removal of a pig farm at Lety, south Bohemia, built on the site of a former Romany concentration camp. In a letter to the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, its signatories point out that the Czech Republic failed to resolve the shameful problem in three decades and action is long overdue. Several Czech governments pledged to remove the pig farm from Lety, but failed to find money for a buyout.
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[ 05.09.2016 ] - Chris Johnstone

Czech Minister for Human rights Jiří Dienstbier, said Monday that the government would prefer a buyout of a pig farm standing on the site of a camp at which Roma were interned during the second world war before hundreds were sent onto death camps in the east. Many also died at the camp due to illness and poor conditions. The farm owners also indicated their willingness to discuss a sale.
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[ 05.09.2016 ] - Daniela Lazarova

Andrej Babiš, photo: CTK A twenty-year-long futile drive to buyout a pig farm standing on the site of the former Roma concentration camp in Lety, south Bohemia has received fresh impetus from an unlikely quarter. ANO leader Andrej Babiš who last week insulted the memory of the hundreds of Romanies who died there in inhumane conditions or were sent to their death in Auschwitz, has pledged to visit the site, bow to their memory and find the money needed to buyout the farm and build a dignified memorial.
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[ 25.08.2016 ] - Daniela Lazarova

Photo: Official Facebook page of Gypsy MaMa The Gypsy MaMa fashion brand is the work of a Czech NGO which has been very active in helping to improve the living conditions of several thousand Romanies living in one of the country’s biggest socially excluded areas known as the Brno “Bronx”. Gypsy MaMa was established to help young Romanies get a foothold on the labour market by harnessing their creative potential and giving them work experience.
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[ 09.08.2016 ] - Ruth Frankova

Photo: Archive of Miret, z.s. Some 60 Roma children from socially excluded localities in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, along with members of the Czech Philharmonic, are taking part in the ‘Romano Drom’ music and dance workshop in North Bohemia. The aim of the summer school, organised annually by musician and choir mistress Ida Kelarová, is to support children and youth at risk of social exclusion. The two-week school will culminate with a series of performances, starting on Tuesday night in Nový Bor.
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[ 08.08.2016 ] - Chris Johnstone

Czech Roma who survived the holocaust during WWII will be entitled to a payment of 2500 euros according to the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A spokeswoman for the ministry said that the payment would affect between 10 and 15 people. The payment follows long negotiations between the foreign ministries of the Czech Republic and Germany and has been welcomed by the Czech committee for the compensation of Roma holocaust victims.
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[ 05.08.2016 ] - Jan Velinger

Photo: Museum of Holocaust USA, public domain Germany is to pay compensation to remaining elderly victims of the Roma Holocaust who suffered during WWII in concentration camps such as Lety or the death camp Auschwitz. Each will receive a one-off payment of around 2,560 euros in the coming months. The agreement was reached with the help of the Czech Foreign Ministry and former special envoy on Holocaust issues, Jiří Šitler (now the Czech ambassador to Stockholm).
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[ 28.07.2016 ] - Ian Willoughby

Illustrative photo: Filip Jandourek Up to 115,000 poor people are living in 600 ghettos around the Czech Republic, according to human rights minister Jiří Dienstbier. The cabinet has just backed his plans to help such people – many from the Roma minority – by redirecting part of their housing benefits away from often unscrupulous landlords and toward improving their homes and paying for services.
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