Senate Human Rights Committee investigates Roma evictions in Vsetin
When the mayor of Vsetin Jiri Cunek evicted several hundred Romany rent-defaulters from their homes and moved them to a complex of portacabins on the outskirts of town several weeks ago he set off a storm of controversy. Some called him a racist, others applauded his courage in addressing a long-standing problem. On Thursday the Senate's Human Rights Commission set out to investigate the matter - and concluded that the mayor had made the right decision.
Is the man who wants to lead the Christian Democrats a racist who abused his power and violated human rights? That is a question that many people want answered ahead of the party's national conference this weekend.
Overall, a very positive outcome for Jiri Cunek, and one which is likely to boost his candidacy ahead of the weekend party conference. But there is no doubt that many people will remain skeptical. Some of the evicted Romanies are pressing charges of racism against the mayor and evil tongues say that the Christian Democratic Party has convinced three other members to run for chairman in the hope that Jiri Cunek will not get elected.