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BM73: Resolution on the International Students’ Day Public Holiday in the Czech Republic

January 25, 2018

BM73: Resolution on the International Students’ Day Public Holiday in the Czech Republic

International Students’ Day is celebrated across the globe annually on the 17th of November as the memento of the Nazi storming of Czech universities in 1939 and the subsequent killing and sending of students to concentration camps. As a result, the world expressed solidarity and in 1941, November the 17th was proclaimed as International Students’ Day. Many countries around the world have adopted this name.

Unfortunately, the Czech Republic does not celebrate International Students’ Day on November the 17th in spite of Prague being the cradle of this worldwide known public holiday. Nowadays, the 17th November is in the Czech Republic a holiday called Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day.

SK RVŠ is continuously attempting to extend the name of this public holiday into Struggle for Freedom and Democracy and International Students’ Day. Unfortunately, members of Czech Parliament have been postponing and refusing the change of the name despite of great efforts and constant openness of SK RVŠ in order to communicate the reasons.

ESU fully supports the efforts of SK RVŠ tending to implement International Students’ Day back into Czech calendar, from where it was erased after 1989. The International Students’ Day is one of the most important days in year from the student’s’ perspective. International Students’ Day is not connected to the communist history. It was proclaimed in 1941 and has direct meaning regarding the events occurred in Prague in November 1939.

Proposed by: SK RVŠ

Seconded by: SRVŠ; SYL; NASC, EC, LSVB LSS, LSA, ANSA, FAGE, SSU, ISO, BOSS, ANOSR, SKONUS, SPUM, CSC, PSRP, HOOK, SAMOK, EUL, UNEL, FZS, USI

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