Today a life peer in Britain’s House of Lords, Alfred Dubs was just six years old when he became one of over 660 Jewish children saved from Nazi-occupied Prague by Sir Nicholas Winton. The Labour politician last year made headlines for attaching an amendment to an immigration bill that offered unaccompanied refugee children safe passage to Britain, though the UK authorities later largely abandoned the scheme. When we spoke recently in London, I asked Lord Dubs – now 85 – about his own beginnings in the UK and attitudes to refugees today. But we
The new US ambassador to the Czech Republic, Stephen King, presented the
2017 Alice G. Masaryk Human Rights Award to Roma activist Čeněk
Růžička. According to the embassy, Mr Růžička received the award for
his tireless advocacy of Roma Holocaust victims and his decades-long
struggle for a dignified memorial on the site of the Lety concentration
The Alice G. Masaryk Human Rights Award was established in 2004 to recognize persons and institutions in the Czech Republic who have made exceptional and continuing contributions to the advancement of human rights. Previous award winners include the ombudswoman Anna Šabatová or head of Transparency International David Ondračka.
The countries of the Visegrad 4 – Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech
Republic, are set to launch a joint program to boost security on Libya’s
borders to try and quell the number of migrants trying to flee the country
as well as to try and improve the situation for them at home.
Former prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka expressed support for the project ahead of an EU summit which will be attended by his successor Andrej Babiš.
Czech financial daily Hospodářské noviny reported that 200 million crowns could be pledged by the Czech Republic towards security and aid. Money donated by the V4 would go to the EU Trust Fund for Africa.
So far, the Czech Republic has already provided funding worth 42.42 million crowns or 1.66 million euros.
The European Commission has announced it is suing the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary in the bloc’s top court for their refusal to take in asylum seekers in line with the Commission’s mandatory re-distribution mechanism. Prague says it will not change its stand and warns that a court case will only further undermine public trust in EU institutions.
Czech politicians across the political spectrum have criticized the
European Commission’s decision to take the country to court over
The newly appointed Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said he would try to negotiate the lawsuit’s withdrawal with EC representatives at the EU summit in Brussels next week. He said migrant quotas were not the right solution for Europe and only boosted extremist parties on the Continent.
The head of the right-wing Civic Democrats Petr Fiala said that the quotas were a bad decision and taking the Czech Republic to court was even worse. He said such moves only undermined the trust of the public in EU institutions.
The president’s spokesman reiterated the president’s view that mandatory migrant quotas “interfered in the Czech Republic’s internal affairs.”
The European Commission has announced it will sue the Czech Republic,
Poland and Hungary in the bloc's top court for their refusal to take
in asylum-seekers in line with the EC’s mandatory redistribution
mechanism. The issue has caused a rift between those reluctant to take in
refugees and other European governments who accuse them of a lack of
The EC’s deputy chair Frans Timmermans said a change of attitude on the part of these countries’ governments could still resolve the situation out of court.
Dozens of Czech families had lunch with immigrant families on Sunday within the annual Family Next Door project organized by the NGO Slovo 21 as a way of breaking down barriers and assisting integration. The event has become increasingly popular since it was first held in 2004 and has helped form many new intercultural friendships. Over 1,400 families have taken part in the project over the years.
The Czech Republic’s representative on the European Commission, Věra Jourová, has presented proposals for a 40-percent quota for women on company boards. Under the ANO politician’s plan, firms whose non-executive directors are more than 60 percent male would have to prioritise women when candidates of equal merit were being considered. Ms. Jourová told The Guardian newspaper ahead of Monday’s announcement that women made up 65 percent of university graduates in Europe so it made sense to draw on that talent and investment. Previous EU efforts to introduce such a quota scheme were blocked by a number of states.
At least two supporters of the far-right Workers Party for Social Justice,
ended up in handcuffs in Prague on Friday afternoon after verbally and
physically assaulting the police after they were prevented from continuing
in their march towards the Old Town Square. Specially-trained anti-conflict
police were on hand to defuse the situation, as several demonstrators
demanded they be allowed through on Hybernská street.
Some shouted they should be allowed to continue "in a democracy". Novinky.cz carried live video of the march, which showed several protestors purposely blocking traffic after being told to turn back.