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Lajčák awarded Law Professor Viera Strážnická in memoriam for her significant contribution to human rights

Lajčák awarded Law Professor Viera Strážnická in memoriam for her significant contribution to human rights

8.12.2014 | Aktivity ministra | Stratégia ochrany a podpory ľudských práv | Ľudské práva

In the past two years, Slovakia has significantly succeeded in creating a new precedent in the pan-societal discourse on human rights. The process of preparation of the National Strategy for Human Rights Protection and Promotion of the Slovak Republic involved not only a narrow circle of stakeholders but everyone interested in the subject was able to express their views. The discussion of the Strategy preparation was one of the most significant and also most important pan-societal discussions on the nature and the scope of human rights in Slovakia since 1989. This was said today (December 8, 2014) by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák in the opening remarks at the conference organized on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day organized by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic in its premises.

“Open and cultivated dialogue on human rights is greatly needed, as only through dialogue is it possible to search for commonalities of opinion. Even though in some areas regarding values, agreement could not be found, I consider the progress achieved in relation to respect for the opinions of others and mutual respect and tolerance as a great challenge. The resulting document is the best possible digest in the current conditions vis-à-vis human rights in Slovakia. I am convinced that by consistently meeting individual Strategy tasks we can substantively move forward,” said Lajčák, who at the end of his speech yielded the floor as well as the symbolic baton to Monika Jankovská, State Secretary of the Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic. He said he believes that the responsibility taken over by the ministry focusing on internal affairs will contribute to increasing the quality of human rights protection and promotion and to initiating new discussions. The Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic takes over the responsibility for coordination of the tasks in human rights agenda.

The conference also saw Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic present awards for significant contributions in human rights protection and promotion in the Slovak Republic. An award went in memoriam to Professor Viera Strážnická, a longstanding member of the Government Council for Human Rights, National Minorities and Gender Equity, former Ambassador in Strasbourg and Judge of the European Court of Human Rights, whose work and engagement contributed to higher protection of human rights in Slovakia as a basic pillar of democracy and the rule of law.

The conference’s afternoon program continues with a panel discussion, during which Vice-Chairman of the Government Council for Human Rights, National Minorities and Gender Equity Kálmán Petöcz, Secretary of the Council Committee for Gender Equity Oľga Pietruchová, Director of the Institute for Labor and Family Research Sylvia Porubänová, head of the Directorate General for Legal and Consular Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and Secretary of the Committee for Human Rights, National Minorities and Gender Equity Barbara Illková, as well as Chairman of the Forum of Christian Institutions Katarína Hulmanová are also expected to give an address.