published: 10.09.2013, 17:09 | updated: 10.09.2013 17:31:39
Prague - The situation in nearly all areas of human rights further deteriorated in the Czech Republic in 2012 after it got worse already in 2011, the Czech Helsinki Committee says in its report released today.
According to the Committee, the pressing issues are unemployment, the impact of welfare reforms, more homeless people, less available health care and rising anti-Romany sentiments.
"People lose their job not by their own fault, they can hardly get a new one and they fail to meet their commitments as they do not have finances," Committee head Tana Fischerova said.
She said there is no law on social housing.
The former coalition government of Petr Necas (in office from mid-2010 to mid-2013) did not intervene against cheap dormitory owners who made unreasonably high profits on providing accommodation for the poor who receive state subsidies for housing, Fischerova said.
The report says living conditions of many people are getting worse, even though official data say the situation stabilised last year. This is because the official survey usually concerns only people living in flats and not those staying in old people´s homes, social care facilities, prisons, dormitories and those without any real permanent residence, the report adds.
When commenting on prisons, the report says especially the conditions of people staying in custody cells need to be improved.
The report concludes that efficient protection against discrimination cannot be achieved.
The drop in the standard of living makes people more frustrated, which makes the covert racism more visible, the Committee writes about Czech society.
In this situation, more and more people point to the Romany community as the cause of various social problems. Ordinary people start joining far-right marches and protests against Romanies, the report says.
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