Annual Report: Czech Republic 2013

May 23, 2013

Annual Report: Czech Republic 2013

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  • Criminal investigations into allegations of fraud, trafficking and blackmailing of foreign migrant workers in the forestry industry continued. Lawyers representing affected workers issued several complaints against decisions by the police to close investigations of individual cases. Lawyers also expressed concern that the length of proceedings was resulting in the loss of essential evidence.
  • In October, the European Court of Human Rights held in the case Buishvili v. the Czech Republic that the Czech authorities violated the right of a Georgian asylum-seeker to challenge his detention in judicial proceedings. The man had been transferred to the Czech Republic from the Netherlands under the Dublin II Regulation. On the basis of the Ministry of Interior’s decision not to grant him entry to the country, he was held at the reception centre at Prague airport. He successfully argued that he had been prevented from starting judicial proceedings for his release, as a court could quash the Ministry’s decision but not order a release.

Amnesty International visits/reports

  • Amnesty International delegates visited the Czech Republic in June and July.
  • Five more years of injustice: Segregated education for Roma in Czech Republic (EUR 71/006/2012)
  • Czech Republic: Joint NGO Submission – D.H. and Others v the Czech Republic (EUR 71/009/2012)
  • Czech Republic: Comments to the consolidated action plan for the execution of the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of D.H. and Others v. the Czech Republic (EUR 71/010/2012)