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Czech Republic

State of affairs 01 January 2016

Date: 24 November 2016. Topics

Country report Gender equality: How are EU rules transposed into national law?

Date: 10 November 2016. Topics

Government – proposal for amendment of the State Social Support Act

Date: 20 September 2016. Topics

The Czech government proposes to introduce paternity benefit under the sickness insurance scheme

Constitutional Court putting the practice of lower courts regarding the shift of burden of proof into question

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.

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