Information on the Roma in the case of Czechia

According to the Report on the State of the Roma Community for 2016, the estimated population of Roma in the Czech Republic was 245,800, or 2.3% of the population. The Analysis of Socially Excluded Localities in the Czech Republic from 20151 shows that the number of socially excluded localities has doubled since 2006. While in 2006 there were 310 socially excluded neighbourhoods identified, in 2014 there were 606 socially excluded localities reported in 297 municipalities. The analysis further claims that “roughly half of the Roma in the Czech Republic are Roma who are integrated into society. The other half are socially excluded or are in danger of social exclusion.”

Key problems:

Despite adoption of the Antidiscrimination Act, there are still serious reservations about the effective enforcement of the norm, and discrimination against Roma remains omnipresent in the Czech Republic. Instruments that could help effectively combat discrimination, such as the provision of free legal aid or the possibility of the Public Defender of Rights bring its own public interest lawsuits to court are missing. Segregation in housing and education continue to be serious issues.

Negative attitudes towards Roma in Czech society and anti-Roma speech seem to be increasing. Segregation in housing and education continue to be serious issues. The number of Roma children educated according to reduced curriculum remains disproportionately high and every fourth Roma pupil is educated in a segregated setting.
A Social Housing Act has yet to be adopted and the residential segregation of Roma is not being addressed.

No significant impact for Roma children in terms of their desegregation has been visible in the schools to date and, according to the Ministry of Education, the inclusive process is just beginning. Especially alarming, therefore, are the most recent statements by politicians that funding for inclusive education should be revised yet again.

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NGO coalition members:

RCM 1 (2017-2020) Czechia Reports:

Roma Civil Monitor (2017) Civil society monitoring report on implementation of the national Roma integration strategies in Czech Republic: Focusing on structural and horizontal preconditions for successful implementation of the strategyENGLISH – CZECH

Roma Civil Monitor (2018) Civil society monitoring report on implementation of the national Roma integration strategy in Czech Republic: Assessing the progress in four key policy areas of the strategy ENGLISH – CZECH

Roma Civil Monitor (2020) Civil society monitoring report on implementation of the national Roma integration strategy in Czech Republic: Identifying blind spots in Roma inclusion policy  ENGLISH – CZECH

Civil Society Monitoring Report on the Implementation of the National Roma Integration Strategy and Decade Action Plan in 2012 in Czech Republic – ENGLISH

Roma Civil Monitor 2017-2020 country fiche: Czechia