MP Helena Válková (ANO), the newly appointed government Commissioner for
Human Rights, plans to focus on protecting the rights of children, seniors,
the socially disadvantaged and handicapped people.
Válková, a former minister of justice who helped draft a law strengthening the rights of victims of crime, said she plans to retain her seat in the lower house of Parliament.
The position of Commissioner for Human Rights had been vacant since Martina Štěpánková stepped down at the end of March, less than a year after taking office.
Cardinal Dominik Duka reportedly plans to appeal a Brno city court’s
rejection of his criminal complaint against local theatre groups over the
staging of a play by Croatian director Oliver Frljić.
At one point in the Frljić play in question, called “Our Violence, Your Violence”, an actor depicting Jesus rapes a Muslim woman. In another scene, a naked Muslim woman slowly pulls a bloody Czech national flag out of her vagina.
Cardinal Duka says the play, performed last year, amounted to an attack on his rights to freedom of religion, dignity and honour as guaranteed under the Charter of Fundamental Rights.
The Brno city court ruled that the scenes were allegorical and could not be seen as violating anyone’s individual rights. Czech Television reports Cardinal Duka plans to file an appeal with the Brno district court.
Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček is in Bratislava for an informal
meeting on Monday between representatives of the Visegrad Group and Eastern
The Eastern Partnership was launched in Prague in 2009 during the Czech Presidency of the European Union.
The aim was to boost cooperation between the EU and the former Soviet republics of Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Moldova.
The tenth anniversary of the Eastern Partnership will be celebrated in Brussels from 13-14 May.
The salaries of doctors and nurses in Czech hospitals are now equal to the
European Union average, the Ministry of Health said a press conference on
Over the past five years, doctors’ salaries rose by 32 percent on average while nurses’ salaries rose by 41 percent.
In 2018, doctors in hospitals earned the equivalent of 243 percent of the average Czech salary and nurses 121 percent.
According to the Institute of Health Information and Statistics, this year their average salaries will reach 84,000 crowns and 43,000 crowns, respectively.
Several top Czech universities have introduced new electronic tools such as
Turnitin to detect plagiarism following high-profile scandals, the daily
Over the past three years, Charles University has rejected the academic theses of nearly 50 students after software flagged their work for plagiarism, triggering a review.
Palacky University in Olomouc and Masaryk University in Brno are among the institutions of higher learning now reviewing past theses submitted over the past decade or so.
Over the past year, two government ministers were pushed to resign over allegations of plagiarism, as was the head of the Institute of World History at Charles University.
A memorial plaque to a Czech member of the British Royal Air Force who took
his own life after being expelled from the Czechoslovak Army by the
Communists was installed on Sunday near České Budějovice.
Lieutenant Colonel Václav Martínek began serving in a Czechoslovak unit under RAF command in 1942. He shot himself after being expelled from the Czechoslovak Army after the Communists seized power in the so-called Victorious February coup in 1948.
A member of the Society for Military History said that Martínek could be considered as among the first military victims of the regime, which imprisoned scores of former RAF pilots and other servicemen who fought with Western allies.
Shares of Czech banks were down on Monday a day after Prime Minister Andrej
Babiš (ANO) unveiled a plan to ask banks to pay 10 to 20 percent of their
dividends into a new state development fund.
Mr Babiš said in a televised interview on Sunday that his centre-right government is seeking new revenue streams against a backdrop of slowing economic growth. He would not say whether the payments should be voluntary or mandatory.
He rejected the idea of a new bank tax proposed by his junior coalition partner, the Social Democrats, after having earlier said it was an option. The Social Democrats would see the tax progress from 0.05 percent to 0.3 percent, raising some 14 billion crowns.
The volume of foreign capital in Czech companies is at its lowest level
since 2011, according to a study of corporate structures published on
The consultancy Bisnode say the volume of foreign capital stood at 895 billion crowns in April, down 15 percent in annual terms.
Foreign entities currently hold almost 36 percent of the total share capital of Czech companies, Bisnode says.