Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has come under fire for outright rejecting a proposal to take in 50 Syrian orphans – or even a single refugee until the EU secures its borders. In an interview published on Saturday, he said the Czech Republic had demonstrated its solidarity in other, meaningful ways and has its orphans to worry about.
The number of children adopted in the Czech Republic has dropped by about a
quarter over the past five years, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
data show. Yet in the Czech Republic, more than 20,000 children are in
residential care, including those not up for adoption, one of the highest
per capita rates in Europe.
In 2012, 729 applications for adoptions were submitted and 526 children found new homes. In 2016, the number of applications dropped to 540 and only 377 children were adopted, and the downward trend has continued.
The Office of the Ombudsman has been looking into cases of would-be parents who have waited for years to adopt a child. Under current Czech rules, unmarried couples and partners are not eligible to adopt jointly, which the Office considers a possible violation of human rights.
A march in support of the “traditional family” model took place in
Prague on Saturday, organized in protest against the Prague Pride festival
of the LGBT community due to be held next week.
Its participants, among them politician and church dignitaries, protested against the idea of the state recognizing a family other than the traditional man and woman model.
Prague Pride is also focused on the role of the family this year, drumming up support for a bill which would give gays and lesbians the right to enter into a marriage which would put them on an equal footing with heterosexual couple, including the right to adopt children.
The bill is to be debated in the lower house in the autumn.
The coalition of ANO and the Social Democrats will not support a proposed a
constitutional amendment under which marriage would only be permitted
between men and women, Czech Television reported after a government meeting
on Tuesday morning. The legislation was put forward by an MP for the
Christian Democrats and has support from over 30 deputies from six parties.
Another bill is also set to go before Parliament allowing for marriage between people of the same sex. It also has cross-party support, enjoying the backing of around 45 MPs in the 200-seat lower house.
The first quadruplets in 15 years were born in the Czech Republic last
week. The three girls and a boy – named Anežka, Monika, Klára and
Ondřej – were born at Prague’s Motol teaching hospital,
representatives said on Monday. The births went smoothly and all the babies
are reportedly doing well.
The quadruplets are the 22nd to have been born in this country since 1950. The only quintuplets ever born in the Czech Republic turned five recently.
The only quintuplets ever born in the Czech Republic turned five on
Saturday. The four boys and a girl, Alex, Martin, Michael, Daniel and
Tereza, were born by Caesarean section at Prague’s Podolí maternity
hospital on June 2, 2013. Their mother, Alexandra Kiňová, was 23 at the
A special collection was held at the time of the children’s birth to help the family financially.
The chance of quintuplets being spontaneously conceived is one in 48 million and their story received international attention at the time.
The number of Czech scouts has increased by about one third since 2006 to
over 60,500, according to the data released by the Czech Scouting Movement
Junák on Saturday. The most significant increase, by about 2,700, was
recorded last year.
There are currently 2,148 scouting clubs all over the Czech Republic. The highest number of scouts is in the South Moravian region, followed by Central Bohemia, and Prague.
The Czech scouting movement was established in 1912 and was banned three times during their history, first by the Nazis and then twice by the Communist regime.
The annual National Marriage Week, aiming at increasing rates of marriage and children born in wedlock, gets under way in the Czech Republic on Monday. According to the data of the Czech Statistical Office, the divorce rate in the Czech Republic, which has traditionally been one of the highest in Europe, has been dropping in recent years and marriages that end in divorce last longer than before.