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[ 24.02.2015 ] - Ian Willoughby

Cesta Ven (The Way Out) took the Czech Lion award for Best Film at a ceremony in Prague on Saturday night. The drama – which sold only 4,000 tickets at the box office – also saw Petr Václav pick up the Best Director gong and the previously unknown Klaudia Dudová win Best Actress for her portrayal of a Roma woman trying to keep her head above water. The Czech Lion for Best Actor went to Ivan Trojan for his part in Díra u Hanušovic (Nowhere in Moravia).
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[ 23.02.2015 ] - Jan Velinger

The government on Monday backed a new strategic plan on Roma integration to 2020 with the aims of improving education, housing, employment, and security. The Minister for Human Rights Jiří Dienstbier released details of the plan in the face of worsening conditions in recent years: around one-third of the country’s Roma, 80,000, live in ghettos, the Czech News Agency said. In 2007 there were around 300 such areas; according to experts, the number has grown by as much as a hundred since..
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[ 17.02.2015 ] - Jan Velinger

Two Czech right-wing extremists, 24-year-old Tomáš Kopecký and 34-year-old Michal Poláček (in 2012, allegedly members of the neo-Nazi organization Blood & Honour Division Bohemia and the militant grouping Combat 18) could face exemplary sentences for an attack on a hostel occupied by Roma residents. The two appeared in court on Monday on charges of attempted murder. Seven others are also facing charges in connection with the case, for the propagation of movements supressing individual rights and freedoms.
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[ 16.02.2015 ] - Chris Johnstone

The Czech Republic is losing the fight against ghettos and concentrations of poverty in the country according to a report submitted to the government on Wednesday. The report said that a series of steps agreed four years had not had the desired effect countering social exclusion, according to the ČTK news agency. It has been estimated that there are around 400 ghettos in the country containing around 80,000 people.
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[ 12.02.2015 ] - Chris Johnstone

Photo: Filip Jandourek, Czech Radio A report is heading towards the government which presents a gloomy picture of the country’s success over the last five years in trying to lift its worst off and most isolated members of society out of the plight they are in. These are often a mixture of inadequate education, bleak job prospects, and poor living conditions and housing. For the Roma minority, who are often among what is termed the socially excluded, there is also the added element of discrimination.
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[ 31.01.2015 ] - Chris Johnstone

Lety memorial, photo: Jana Šustová This is the second of a two part special which focuses on American genealogist and amateur historian Paul Polansky and how he brought to Czech and worldwide attention the existence of the Czech camp for Roma at Lety during the Second World War.
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[ 30.01.2015 ] - Chris Johnstone

Paul Polansky, photo: Pino Alpino, CC BY-SA 3.0 This is the first of a two part programme which focuses on American genealogist and amateur historian Paul Polansky and how he brought to Czech and worldwide attention the existence of the Czech camp for Roma at Lety during the Second World War.
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[ 26.01.2015 ] - Jan Velinger

The country’s Supreme Court has upheld an earlier ruling which classified a machete attack by four Romany assailants in a bar in Nový Bor as attempted murder. Three people were injured in the attack in 2011, with one man almost dying, and the four received sentences ranging from five to 17.5 years in jail. Afterwards, the incident sparked anti-Roma protests in northern Bohemia.
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