Murat Arslan, the last chairman of Turkey’s Judges and Prosecutors
Association is the winner of the 2017 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize.
Arslan chaired Turkey’s Judges and Prosecutors Association until it was shut down as part of the post-coup crackdown unleashed by President Erdogan.
Arslan himself has been jailed since October of last year over his alleged links to the Gulen movement which the government suspects of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt.
The prize, which comes with a 60,000 euro financial bonus, is awarded by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in partnership with the Václav Havel Library and the Charter 77 Foundation.
Police have filed charges against ANO leader Andrej Babiš and his deputy
chair Jaroslav Faltýnek in connection with a case of suspected subsidy
fraud linked to the Stork’s Nest Farm and hotel compound.
Andrej Babiš is suspected of having orchestrated a plan for his Stork’s Nest farm to acquire a 50 million crown EU subsidy which should technically have been out of his reach. He has been charged with subsidy fraud and harming the EU’s financial interests.
A few weeks ago the lower house stripped both Andrej Babiš and his deputy Jaroslav Faltýnek of their parliamentary immunity opening the way for prosecution.
The Road and Rail Directorate has started dismantling billboards along the
country’s highways and main roads that are in violation of a new law on
safety, the ctk news agency reported.
The law, which came into force on September 1st, bans advertisement billboards within 250 meters from main roads and highways.
The legislation has met with strong opposition from outdoor advertising operators some of whom attempted to bypass it by replacing advertisements with gigantic Czech flags and other non-commercial posters.
The Road and Rail Directorate says it has counted around 500 billboards in violation of the law which will now be dismantled.
Four of the wolves which escaped from a nature reserve in Bavaria are still
on the loose, the head of the Šumava National Park told journalists on
One wolf was run over by a train, another was shot for safety reasons near a holiday resort in Haus zur Wildnis. Another was sighted in the Šumava Mountains over the weekend.
People have been warned that in the event of sighting one of the wolves they should not try to approach them, feed them or take pictures.
An all- out effort is being made to recapture the animals which were bred in captivity and would have a hard time surviving in the wild.
Democracy is seriously threatened in the present-day world due to a rise in
corruption, organized crime, populism and extremism, participants in the
Forum 2,000 conference concluded in the first panel debate on Monday.
The conference which brings together thinkers from around the globe is also focusing on the impact of the social media on democracy. German political analyst Yasha Mounk pointed out that thanks to social networks extremists have become more voluble and more connected, a process that has fuelled populism in many states.
Former Spanish prime minister Felipe Gonzáles noted that functional democratic systems had only survived in Europe, America, Australia and New Zealand which is roughly 27 percent of the world.
ANO leader Andrej Babiš has said Trade and Industry Minister Jiří
Havlíček should provide an explanation as to why he signed a memorandum
on a deal enabling the Australian company European Metals Holdings the
right to mine lithium the Czech Republic or else resign.
Babiš described the agreement as „daylight robbery“ saying the privilege of mining the country’s natural resources should go to a Czech state-owned company.
The Communist Party agrees with the argument and has already collected 60 signatures in favour of calling a special session of Parliament on the matter ahead of the general elections.
The Brno International Engineering Fair opens its doors to visitors on
Monday, October 9th. Over 1,600 companies are exhibiting their products
this year with an emphasis on industrial automation.
The strongest representation is from Germany, India, Slovakia and China. The fair, which lasts until Friday, is accompanied by a number of side events such as lectures and seminars.
No Time To Lose won the Pardubicka Great Steeplechase on Sunday. The horse ridden by jockey Jan Kratochvil was trained by Josef Vana, the Czech Republic’s most successful jockey in history, giving him a tenth victory in the Pardubice race as a trainer. Urgent de Gregaine with Felixem de Gilesem came second.
Singer Marta Kubišová is opening the Czech part of her Goodbye tour with
a concert in Brno on Sunday. The singer who was persecuted by the communist
authorities and banned from singing became a symbol of the Velvet
Revolution with her song Prayer for Martha.
Her Goodbye tour started in Košice Slovakia on September 26 and will next take the singer to Sedlčany, Chomutov, Hořovice, Varnsdorf and Prague. Her last stop in České Budějovice on November 1, will coincide with the singer’s 75 birthday.
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