The NGO People in Need has launched a public collection to help those hard
hit by the economic impacts of the coronavirus epidemic.
The largest charity organization in the Czech Republic is seeking to help single parents, socially disadvantaged people, individuals threatened by bankruptcy or those who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus crisis.
People in Need is reinforcing its team of financial advisors and helpline for people in trouble. It also aims to support school children from socially disadvantaged families who do not have the necessary technical equipment or access to the Internet to continue their education online.
The Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland violated EU law by refusing to take
in asylum-seekers at the height of the refugee crisis in 2015, the European
Union’s top court ruled on Thursday.
By refusing to comply with the provisional and time-limited mechanism for the mandatory relocation of applicants for international protection, the three countries failed to fulfil their obligations under EU law, the court ruled.
The court said the three member states had no right to cite safeguarding internal security or claim that the relocation program was dysfunctional, in refusing to comply.
The Luxembourg-based Court of Justice dealt with the case on the grounds of a complaint by the European Commission.
How do Czechs feel about #MeToo, the movement against sexual harassment and assault which has brought related crimes into international public discourse in recent years? And how open is Czech society towards victims who decide to come out with their stories? That is what we will explore in this part of Radio Prague International’s series focusing on the issues Czech women face today.
Women in this part of the world have had the right to vote since the first Czechoslovak Constitution was approved a century ago. However, Czechs have never had a female prime minister or president and the vast majority of the country’s politicians are still men. Why is that? And how likely is change in this regard?
The annual One World festival of human rights documentary films got
underway in Prague on Thursday evening under the motto “Not till a hot
January”, addressing environmental issues. Now in its 22nd year, the
festival will be screening 133 documentaries from 60 countries, and will
bring more than 130 festival guests to the Czech capital.
At the opening event at Prague’s Lucerna cinema, the People in Need foundation presented its annual human rights award Homo Homini to the jailed Tajik lawyer Buzurgmehr Yorov for his commitment to defending basic human rights and to assure a fair trial to all citizens of Tajikistan. The prize, presented by Ukrainian director and former political prisoner Oleg Sentsov, was accepted by Yorov’s brother.
After coming to a close in Prague, the One World festival will move on to 35 other Czech towns and cities.
On the 29th of February 1920, the National Assembly of Czechoslovakia adopted a Constitution formally establishing a democratic republic with guaranteed equal rights for men and women – including the right to vote. We look back at the life’s work of suffragette Františka Plamínková, a feminist teacher and activist turned politician. Together with Milada Horáková (her protégé and eventual successor in the Senate) she helped ensure principles of equality enshrined in the Constitution were actually put into practice.
The city of Prague on Thursday bowed to the courage of Russian pro-democracy activists who laid down their lives in the quest for human rights. The square Pod kastany where the Russian Embassy stands was officially renamed after the slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and a nearby promenade was named after investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya shot to death in 2006. Among those watching the ceremony was Nemtsov’s daughter Zhanna and one of Politkovskaya’s former colleagues.
The Czech Republic is not doing enough to address the problem of international homelessness, suggests the Prague-based Organisation for Aid for Refugees, which has just released the country’s first Stateless Index. Developed by the European Network on Statelessness, the annual index assesses how various countries protect stateless people and what they are doing to prevent and reduce the problem. I discussed the issue with lawyer Petr Baroch from the Organisation for Aid for Refugees:
The Czech Republic is to send an army plane with over 7 tons of
humanitarian aid to China to help tackle the coronavirus epidemic in the
country, Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamáček told journalists on Monday.
According to the Foreign Ministry, which is coordinating the effort, the
aid should be sent at the end of the month.
It will be the second big aid consignment from this country. On Monday the Czech Republic sent 4.5 tonnes of medical equipment,including facemasks, respirators, latex gloves, disinfectants and protective medical uniforms to Vienna where it will be put on a plane to China together with aid from other EU member states.
The Czech Republic is to send 4.5 tonnes of medical equipment worth over
three million crowns to China to help tackle the coronavirus epidemic
currently afflicting the country, Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček
announced at a press conference on Thursday.
The humanitarian aid, including facemasks, respirators, latex gloves, disinfectants and protective medical uniforms, will be sent to China on Monday on a plane from Vienna, paid for by the European Union.
The Czech Republic will also provide financial aid amounting to six million crowns, which will be distributed through the World Health Organisation.
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