About 67 percent of adults in the Czech Republic believe same-sex couples
should be able to marry, according to a poll conducted by the Median agency
in November and December.
That represents a slight increase in public support for letting gays and lesbians marry, rather than just have registered partnerships.
Nearly 78 percent of respondents agreed homosexuals should be able to adopt a child of their partners, and 62 percent that they should be able to adopt children from institutional care.
Last year, 15 percent of respondents polled by Media were firmly against legislation allowing same-sex marriages, up from 10 percent in 2018.
Forty-six MPs from six different political groups last year submitted an amendment to the Civil Code that would permit same-sex marriages.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš joined world leaders from 49 countries at the Fifth World Holocaust Forum in Israel, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. During the visit the prime minister held a series of bilateral negotiations and met with Czech Holocaust survivors.
The Czech Republic will not accept 40 child refugees from camps in Greece,
says the country’s minister of the interior, Jan Hamáček. Speaking the
Prima TV station on Sunday, Mr. Hamáček said the Greek government had
refused to hand over a list of names of children, adding that he would not
bring 18-year-old Afghans into the country as they would represent a
security risk. The minister said that as far as he was concerned the matter
In September the Athens government called on all EU interior ministers to take in unaccompanied child refugees. Mr. Hamáček said that this had been an effort to revive a debate on sharing out refugees but that in his view it made no sense to move around 17-year-olds with no right to asylum.
The Czech economy is increasingly dependent on foreign labour. According to
figures released by the Czech Statistics Office foreign workers made up 13
percent of the labour force last year. In 2010 it was just 6 percent.
The majority of foreign workers in the country are Ukrainians, Slovaks and Vietnamese nationals, but there is also a growing number of workers from Russia, Poland, Bulgaria and Romania.
According to the last available figures there are 567,000 foreign workers registered in the country, of which 290,000 have permanent residency, 275,000 are here on a temporary basis and 2,500 are foreigners who have been granted or are seeking asylum in the country.
Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček has expressed the view that
taking in a certain number of unaccompanied child asylum seekers from Greek
refugee camps would not undermine the Czech Republic’s negative stance to
mandatory migrant quotas and its consistent position on the matter.
The minister said that, in his personal opinion, accepting 40 unaccompanied minors would not endanger the country’ security, given the fact that it had taken in over a thousand asylum seekers from the Balkans in the past.
However he said the ball was now in Athens’s court and if the Greek authorities produced a list of potential child refugees, it would be up to the Czech government to decide.
Both Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamáček have frowned on the idea, stressing that the Czech Republic prefers helping migrants in their country of origin.
The government’s council for Roma-related issues has proposed the setting
up of a special commission which would map the pre-war property of the
Romany minority and its confiscation by the Nazi and Communist regimes in
1938 and 1945 in order to open the way for compensation.
The commission has asked the prime minister to release money for the endeavour. The Nazis deported 5,500 Romanies from the Czech lands during the war. Around 500 of them returned after the war.
The refugee support initiative Češi pomáhaji (Czechs help) has announced it has a list of around 200 Czech families who say they are willing to accept refugees currently stationed in Greek camps. At a press conference on Thursday they called on the Czech government to create a special interdepartmental group which would put the wheels in motion. However, the government says that its conditions have not yet been met by the Greek authorities.
The Czech Republic is one of the countries with the largest gender pay gap in the EU. On average, women earn a fifth less than men, and the annual difference exceeds one month's earnings. In an effort to combat this discrimination, the Ministry of Labour has launched a project called “22% to equality”, in reference to the difference in female and male incomes. The project involves comprehensive research, but also a web payroll calculator or an “equal pay program” for employers.
The Romany singer Ida Kelarová and her Chavorenge Children’s Choir together with musicians from the Czech Philharmonic will perform a concert at the Phoenix Concert Hall in Croydon, southern England on Thursday evening. The program will feature the international Romany anthem Gelem, Gelem, and the choir’s best known song Hey Romale!
Europe is facing a new threat in the rebirth of neo-Nazism and fascism, the
chairman of the Czech Union of Freedom Fighters Jaroslav Vodička said at a
gathering of war veterans organized on the occasion of Czechoslovak
Vodička pointed to growing antisemitism in Europe, saying the society must remain vigilant in order to prevent history repeating itself. The fight against fascism, neo-Nazism and other forms of discrimination is a challenge we face in the present day as well, Vodička said.
The Czech Union of Freedom Fighters comprises World War II freedom fighters, their family members and supporters. It has faced criticism over the fact that members served the pre-1989 security services.
The union’s chairman caused an outcry last year when he presented a medal of merit to Communist Party MP Zdeněk Ondráček, who beat up demonstrators while a member of a Communist riot squad in 1989.
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