The Czech Republic’s human rights record will come under scrutiny at the
United Nations on Monday. The Universal Periodic Review, through which each
UN member country is examined once every five years, will allow governments
to review the Czech Republic‘s human rights record and make
recommendations for improvements.
According to a government report the Czech Republic received 136 recommendations for improvements five years ago and fulfilled 129 of them.
The Pirates party has said that it would not tolerate a government without
confidence ruling the country for a longer period and would file a
complaint with the Constitutional Court.
Party leader Ivan Bartoš made the statement in response to President Zeman’s words that a government without confidence was better than early elections. The claim drew a negative response from all parties including one from election winner Andrej Babiš from the ANO party who said he would not want to govern without a vote of confidence for four years.
Former prime minister Mirek Topolánek may enter the race for president,
the news site novinky.cz reported .According to the news site Topolánek is
seeking to gain support from the Civic Democratic Party’s ten senators,
the precise number of signatures he would need for his candidacy.
Topolánek himself has neither confirmed this possibility, nor ruled it out, saying he would decide in the next few days. The deadline for registering in the presidential race is Tuesday, November 7th. There are currently 12 candidates in the running, including the incumbent head of state Miloš Zeman.
The Prague branch of the centre-right TOP 09 party has nominated MEP Jiří
Pospíšil for party leader at the party’s election conference in
Pospíšil, who recently joined the party’s ranks, received support from 77 percent of delegates. It is hoped that Pospíšil will help revive the party in the wake of its poor showing in October’s general elections.
The party’s current leader Miroslav Kalousek has said he will accept responsibility for the party’s defeat and not run for re-election.
Pharmacists are demanding changes in the system of financing according to
which they are paid. The head of the Association of Pharmacists Lubomír
Chudoba says that the Czech Republic is one of the few remaining countries
in the EU where the income of a pharmacy depends on how expensive medicines
it sells. He points out that this in unfair to both pharmacists and
Pharmacists are demanding fixed supplementary charges for medicines, a change in financing which would reflect the services provided rather than the cost of medicines sold and set rules governing the establishment of new pharmacies.
Close to 15,000 people visited Prague Castle in the past two days to admire
newly-renovated state rooms which are normally off-limits to the public.
Prague Castle offered special tours on Friday and Saturday which took visitors to the former offices of presidents T.G.Masaryk and Edvard Beneš as well as the Coronation Hall where the president appoints ministers and receives ambassadors.
Visitors also gained admission to the dining hall used by former heads of state and could admire the authentic porcelain sets and silverware used on special occasions.
Prague’s taxi drivers are planning another protest action against the
ride-sharing service Uber.The Prague taxi drivers association is vehemently
opposed to the Uber service arguing that it is unfair competition since
Uber drivers do not have to meet any of the demands levelled on the Prague
The protest is scheduled for November 15, though no details have been released. A previous protest against Uber in Prague saw taxi drivers moving at snails pace, effectively blocking traffic along the main route to Prague’s international airport.
The Prague Transport Ministry says it is working to resolve the problem with a new draft law which would put on par a taxi metre and mobile application as well as set down certain ruled for the ride-sharing service such as having compulsory car labels.
MEP Ludek Niedermayer has confirmed his intention to join the ranks of the
centre-right TOP 09 party. Niedermayer, who currently serves as Vice-Chair
of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs in the European
Parliament, was elected to the EP on the TOP 09 ticket.
He and MEP Jiri Pospisil who recently also joined TOP 09 ranks are considered as possible candidates for party chairman. The party’s current leader Miroslav Kalousek will not run for re-election following the party’s poor showing in the elections.
A regional court has served a twenty- year-old Czech man a seven month
suspended sentence for approving the terrorist attacks in Berlin and
Ankara. He is the second Czech to be sentenced for sympathising with
The young man repeatedly expressed these views in public, saying there should have been more people killed in Berlin. Twelve people died in the terrorist attack in Berlin in which a truck rammed into passers-by. One of the victims was a Czech woman. The man also approved the murder of the Russian ambassador in Ankara. He has not appealed the verdict.
The other Czech convicted for sympathising with the terrorist cause wanted to join the IS. He was sentenced to six years in prison.