After four decades of living in the closet, homosexuals in post-communist states are fighting for their place in the sun. Ironically, it seems that while the general public is by and large tolerant and sympathetic, some of the most serious hurdles on the way to gay rights are erected by politicians. This is true of the Czech Republic, and recent developments have shown that it is also true of neighbouring Slovakia, the Czech Republic's one-time federal partner. has the story:
The World Congress of the International Roma Union that was held in Prague this week has certainly made plenty of progress, with a new statute requesting the recognition of a Roma nation, a call for Germany to issue an apology for the Roma Holocaust, and the election a of new president of the organisation. has the details:
Delegates from Roma communities all over the world have come together in Prague for the 5th International Roma Congress, which opened in the Czech capital on Tuesday. Top of the agenda will be the plight of the Roma population in Kosovo, which have in recent years been targetted for discrimination by both the ethnic Albanians and the Serb community. Radio Prague's went along to the opening ceremony.
A group of four Polish representatives led by the Polish ambassador were due to hold talks with the Czech prime minister, Milos Zeman, on Thursday. They are determined to discuss the subject of a law on minority rights in the Czech Republic, something which appears to have been given little attention by the Czech government over the years. has the details:
Through the month of July, the Roma community in the West Bohemian town of Rokycany has been subject to intimidation and attack. The local police have arrested and charged three 17-year-old boys, but they say they're dealing with a dangerous attempt to scare the local Roma community, which includes several prominent Roma activists. has the details:
A petition signed by 400 people has forced officials in the North Moravian town of Prostejov to examine more closely the problem of coexistence with a community of Romanies living in the vicinity of the town's biggest housing estate. Local people complain of untidiness, noise and frequent thefts, but deny accusations of racism. has this report:
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