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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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[ 05.07.2016 ] - Jan Velinger

An annual report to be discussed by the government on Thursday states says more than half of country’s Roma minority lives n social exclusion, the Czech News Agency reports. Experts estimate that as more than 113, 000 people. The Roma make up two percent of the country’s population.
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[ 23.06.2016 ] - Jan Velinger

Prague’s High Court has sentenced defendants Tomáš Kopecký and Michal Poláček to six years and nine months in prison for a racially-motivated attack against Romanies in 2012. The duo targetted a boarding house in Aš in the west of the country, throwing Molotov cocktails into two apartments. The attack was qualified as attempted murder. There were 18 people in the building at the time – eight of them children.
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[ 30.05.2016 ] - Jan Velinger

The 18th Khamoro World Roma Festival, showcasing Roma musicians from all over the world, opened with an open-air oncert at the embankment in Prague centre at the weekend. The event runs through June 4. Apart from concerts, the festival programme offers a number of accompanying events, including expert seminars on current topics.
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