Anti-Roma separation wall moves ahead in Czech Republic

A fence designed to separate the Roma from the majority community in Havlíčkův Brod, Czech Republic, has received approval from the local planning office. The remaining obstacle seems to be who will pay for the construction. People from the housing condominium who complained about the Roma are refusing to pay half of the costs, as municipal authorities demand. Ivan Veselý from the Romani association Dženo warns that if construction goes ahead, the country’s international image will suffer. “The Czech Republic will discredit itself again,” he said. Džamila Stehlíková, minister without portfolio for human rights, has failed to talk local officials out of the plan. (Prague Daily Monitor, May 7)

See our recent feature, “Roma Demand Remembrance: Czech Republic Intransigent on Honoring the Forgotten Holocaust.”