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Press Release: Opinion CHC to the prolonged detention of Martin Ignačák sentenced for attempted terrorist act

Czech Helsinki Committee, a non-governmental organization Human Rights (CHC) believes
that the prolonged detention in general must be a substantial reason. Martin Ignačák was already in April 2016 the Prague Municipal Court released from custody because he vouched for him Sister Paul.

Following a complaint by the prosecutor Prague High Court quashed the decision, leaving M. Ignačák in custody. Martin Ignačák promised to run away and escape may be the sole reason for the extension of custody because of influencing witnesses or continuation of criminal activity out of the question. We believe that extending detention Martin Ignačák is wrong and that he should be tried in freedom as much as his colleagues. The more so that the main accused is at large.

Bureau for CHC

Táňa Fischerová

Chair of the CHC

The press release is available for download in PDF format here.

On June 21, 2016 was successfully held the second visit of children assisted in prison Velke Prilepy

CHC children and their escorts secured and paid for transportation from foster home to the prison, while a representative of CHC Lucie Rybová children escorted to the prison, where they assisted during the visit. Visits Prison Prilep participated in four children aged 2 to 13 years and two convicts mother.

Thank guards’ prison for the kind assistance to children and staff when entering the prison and the prison management for their helpfulness and understanding some of the issues around that group entry children often despite all the preparation occur (eg. the lack of evidence for child visitors) or complications in bringing different types of toys (including refreshments), which are necessary tools to promote positive perceptions of children from throughout the visit and for the negative experiences of children associated with entry (fear of signaling sounds of metal detectors and the scanners at the entrance, a number of bars and guards at the passage etc.).

CHC representatives endorsed the opinion of AEDH to the situation in Europe

On 7 and 8 May 2016 in Vienna general meeting of the European Association for the Defense of Human Rights (AEDH). The meeting was attended by Kristyna Vejvodová CHC and CHC member Petr Uhl, who was newly elected member of the Executive Committee AEDH.

During the general meeting individual members AEDH discussed the current state of the European Union, focusing on the deplorable situation regarding human rights. The result of this discussion was the creation opinion AEDH expressing concern with the policies of national governments that resort to alleged national interests in an attempt to avoid resolving global crises. AEDH therefore calls for the creation of an alliance of European citizens, residents and organizations that would face the current direction of European policy and recognize human rights and their protection.

Text opinion adopted at the General Meeting can be found on the AEDH: http://www.aedh.eu/Statement-of-the-General-Assembly.html

CHC representatives attended a joint meeting of representatives of NGOs in Svetla nad Sazavou

On 31 May 2016, the Director of CHC Lucie Rybová attended a joint meeting of representatives of NGOs cooperating with the staff and with the leadership of the prison in Svetla nad Sazavou. The aim of the meeting was to enhance mutual cooperation and discussion on the possibilities of developing cooperation, including new projects.

At the end of the meeting of the prison staff prepared for visitors to the exhibition’s own products and handicrafts sentenced women (eg. Children’s puppets, ceramic vases, embroidered tablecloths and pillows) and also ensured a very nice concert of local female music group. Participants of the meeting received as thanks for the work to date and for working with small ceramic products and also a book published for the 15th year anniversary since the establishment of the prison in Svetla.

On 10. 5. 2016 CHC organized a second-assisted visits of children to meet their mother in the prison Světlá nad Sázavou

This year, for the second time, children that are now placed in orphanages or in foster families had an opportunity to meet with their mothers in prison in Světlá nad Sázavou. Three new mothers and four children participated in the current meeting. In this occasion the CHC staff managed contact of total 14 children from different parts of the Czech Republic in the age 4-16 years.

The assisted visit lasted three hours, during which children with their mothers exchanged a lot of information, for example about their achievements in school. Thanks to sponsorship from individuals the CHC ensured to kids toys, snacks, sweets, and lunch. Mothers devoted attention to the creative abilities of their children and most of them painted to their mothers a picture for a memory. And yet in this second visit, it was possible to observe the positive effect of regular meetings between mothers and their children. Mother´s motivation to see their child leads them to proper behavior and desire to start a new life after their return from the prison. The regular children contact with their mothers is a benefit for their psychological development.

The nannies accompanied the children from the following facilities: Children’s Home Hrotovice, Orphanage Budkov, DD Boskovice, Brno Children’s Home, Orphanage Býchory, whom we thank for their cooperation. At the same time, the consultations took place with three other applicants for mediation visits to children in the next term. Another visit will take place in June. We want to thank all individual donors, sponsors, social workers in children’s facilities and of course the staff form the prison Světlá nad Sázavou.

To ensure this project (financially, or for example by provision of transport for children to the prison), you can find the information here: http://www.helcom.cz/cs/en/podporuji-nas/

Visit for more information about the project here: http://www.helcom.cz/cs/en/co-delame/projektova-cinnost/deti-veznenych-rodicu/

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