Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka on Thursday met with the Minister For Human
Rights and Minorities Jiří Dienstbier to discuss problems and priorities
in the given portfolio. He praised the minister’s strategy in fighting
social exclusion and integrating the Roma minority. Minister Dienstbier is
pushing ahead with plans to establish social housing and is currently
working on a bill that would increase the powers of the Ombudsman..
The state support for Romany students at Czech secondary schools last year
reached 5.6 million crowns, the news agency ČTK said on Monday citing the
government’s report on the state of minorities in the country. In 2012,
the support amounted to nearly 8 million crowns. Around 740 disadvantaged
students received the support last year in the form of contributions for
travel expenses, lunches and school equipment..
A 17-year-old girl from Slovakia won the Miss Roma 2014 beauty pageant held
in the eastern Czech town Hodonín on Saturday night, the news website
novinky.cz reported. Romany girls from Slovakia also finished on second and
third place. The contest included a czardas dance which the jury said
played a big role in evaluating the finalists.
Children from the Roma minority represent 28 percent of the pupils at
schools for those with learning difficulties, according to a survey carried
out for the national school inspectors’ body. Deputy Education Minister
Jindřich Fryč presented the results of the study at an international
conference about Romany education in Prague on Thursday. Responding to the
figures, the minister for human rights, Jiří Dienstbier, told the Czech
News Agency that the Czech Republic was failing when it came to inclusive
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka on Saturday commemorated Romany victims of
the Holocaust at the site of the former concentration camp in Lety, in
southern Bohemia. Mr Sobotka said his government would not release funds
necessary to remove a pig farm, established at the site in the 1970s, and
suggested the money be instead used for the education of Romany children.
Some 1,300 Czech Romanies passed through the camp between 1940 and 1943;
round 330 of them died there, while another 500 were deported to the
Auschwitz extermination camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.. .
Mayors from 18 local councils in the north of the Czech Republic bordering
Germany have sent a letter to the prime minister drawing his attention to
the tinder box situation in the area, the daily Lidové Noviny reported on
Monday. The deprived Šluknov area was the scene of demonstrations by
extreme right wing groups and ethnic tensions with the local Roma community
three years ago. Since then, mayors say little has changed in terms of
creating jobs or opportunities or increasing local police numbers and
Good morning and Happy International Day of Roma!
Lačho džives u bachtalo tumaro Maškarthemutno Romano džives!
Representatives of the country’s Olah Romanies elected a new king in the
town of Hradec Králové on Saturday. Their new monarch is to be
fifty-two-year- old entrepreneur Robert Beneš from Brno. Although Benes
was elected by Olah representatives from dozens of towns and cities, he may
not be accepted by all Olah Romanies.News archive