Czech Helsinki Committee says anti-Romany sentiment on the rise

The Czech Helsinki Committee says that in the past decade anti-Roma sentiment in the country has risen by 15 percent. Petr Uhl a member of the committee said that according to various polls and studies anti-Roma sentiment among Czechs had risen from 60 to 75 percent in the last decade. He said the negative attitude towards the Roma minority was a contributing factor to the steady decline in the living standard of Romanies and was straining relations between the majority population and the Roma. Mr. Uhl praised the work of individuals and NGOs working to change this.