Czech call for Office for Ethnic Equality and Roma Integration


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Czech call for Office for Ethnic Equality and Roma
Integration


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Copyright (c) 2000 Radio Prague (Vysilani do zahranici CRo)
 
Radio Prague Enews
Written/Read by Nick Carey
Date: 13.1.2000
 
* The Czech human rights commissioner has called for the creation of
an Office for Ethnic Equality and Roma Integration
 
The Czech Republic's human rights commissioner, Petr Uhl, presented a
proposal in parliament on Wednesday for the creation of an Office for
Ethnic Equality and Roma Integration. The office would be given up to
one billion Czech Crowns, or around thirty million dollars, annually
to provide support to Roma in locating work and resolving
accommodation problems. The proposal will be presented to the cabinet
by Deputy Prime Minister Pavel Rychetsky by the end of the first
quarter, as part of a revised minorities law. The proposal was
welcomed by Roma representatives, who said that despite their
reservations, it was definitely the best proposal they had received so
far. More is needed , they said, to fulfil the vision they have of
Czech society where everyone would be equal.
 
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