Banned extremist party turns to European court

13 October 2010

Prague, Oct 12 (CTK) – The banned Czech extremist Workers’ Party (DS) has filed a lawsuit with the European Court of Human Rights over the Supreme Administrative Court’s decision on its dissolution, Jiri Stepanek, secretary of the DS’s successor Workers’ Party of Social Justice (DSSS), told CTK Tuesday.

The Supreme Administrative Court (NSS) decided to dissolve the DS in February.

It complied with the proposal of the government saying the DS is extremist and poses a threat to democracy.

The court concluded that the DS’s programme, ideas and symbols contain the elements of xenophobia, chauvinism, homophobia and a racist subtext and it follows up national socialism, that is ideology connected with Adolf Hitler.

According to the court’s verdict, the DS incited to violence, it was striving for a radical change of the democratic system and spreading fears of foreigners and immigrants.

The DS filed a complaint against the NSS’s verdict but the Constitutional Court rejected it.

“By the lawsuit the Workers’ Party demands a verdict saying the Czech Republic violated the right to fair trial and the freedoms of assemblv and speech during the political trial of the DS,” Stepanek said.

DS chairman and DSSS election leader Tomas Vandas wants to file the same complaint.

“Since he feels being discriminated against in this dispute by the Czech judiciary and the current regime, and he is deprived of the fundamental constitutional rights and freedom of speech,” Stepanek said.

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