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Supreme Court did not find discrimination in its decision concerning a claim of sexual harassment and mobbing at the Charles University

Amendment to the School Law Promotes the Right to Equal Access to Education for Roma Children
Penalization of Senator of Czech Parliament by the Mandate and Immunity Committee of the Czech Senate
According to the Czech Equality body, Public Defender of Rights, the complete exclusion of security service from protection against discrimination on the ground of disability raises serious concerns, whether the Czech legislation is in accordance with the Framework directive and EU Charter.
The report states that the situation in the area of housing and employment of Roma worsened alarmingly; the situation of access of Roma to education did not improve either
Discrimination of elderly people in access to financial services
Segregation of Roma children in education remains a serious human rights concern of Council of Europe: the Commissioner for Human Rights condemns the practice in the Czech Republic, where many Roma children are placed in schools for children with mild mental disabilities.
Under the legislation approved in 1949, churches and religious assemblies were dependent on state funding, after their former assets were confiscated by the state. The government proposed a new legislation, terminating the state funding of churches and religious assemblies following a transitional period.
Car parking in the place of residence is a service offered by the owner of a communication (i.e. a street or other place where cars are allowed) and therefore the accommodation duty applies to the owner. Only where such a measure would represent disproportionate burden, there could by an exemption from it.
Research providing actual data on percentage of representation of Roma pupils in former special schools. By virtue of the Law no. 561/2004 Coll., the so called special schools for mentally handicapped children, which catered for great numbers of Roma children, were formally abolished. Most of those schools, now with the statute of primary schools, were only renamed to “practical primary schools”, where the pupils are educated in line with educational curricula for children with light mental defect.
The senators called on Czech president to fulfil his duty and to ratify the Additional Protocol to the European Social Charter
The CRC called the attention of the Czech authorities to the continuous educational segregation in Czech schools.

Members of the Roma minority are disproportionately represented in schools providing less than standard education, and are disproportionately affected by the segregation in excluded settlements. Housing segregation was fuelled in the last decade by concrete municipal policies.

Since the Czech law on land in 1992 stipulated that the restitution of property once expropriated by communist regime from churches and religious assemblies will be governed by special law, nearly twenty years passed without such law being approved. Churches and religious assemblies, representing a minority in the Czech republic, remained dependent on state funding, without being returned their former assets.

On 21 September 2011, the Governmental Deputy for Human Rights submitted to the Government the Strategy on the Fight against Social Exclusion, prepared by the governmental agency for social inclusion.

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