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Minister Lajčák addresses Workshop: Dialogue on the Essence and Sense of Human Rights

Minister Lajčák addresses Workshop: Dialogue on the Essence and Sense of Human Rights

7.5.2014 | Aktivity ministra | Stratégia ochrany a podpory ľudských práv | Ľudské práva

Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, gave an opening address at the professional event called Dialogue on the Essence and Sense of Human Rights in Bratislava at the Hotel Bôrik today (7 May 2014), which is the first of two workshops organized by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic within the process of finalizing the National Strategy for Human Rights Protection and Promotion in the Slovak Republic.

The aim of the event was to bring together experts and the public to discuss issues such as the international and national legal frameworks for fundamental principles and philosophy of human rights, as well as the pending issues which have arisen in the process of drafting the National Strategy.

“Today’s event can be perceived as an integral part of a broader societal discussion initiated by the strategy which, no doubt, is one of the most important society-wide discussions with a human rights-dimension since the revolutionary changes in 1989. In spite of the complexity of the discussions accompanying the drafting of certain sections of the strategy, I believe that the adoption of the strategy as a whole will be an unambiguous and unquestionable step ahead. In the year of the 10th anniversary of Slovakia’s European Union membership and also of the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, it will also be a symbolical affirmation to the standards of European values of democracy and human rights whose importance has been growing during this time of the aftermath of the economic and financial crisis,” stated Minister Lajčák.

Many experts from the academic community as well as those working in the practical application of human rights spoke at the workshop. In the afternoon smaller blocks of discussions were held on several pending issues, with participation by experts from both the academic and public sectors as well as representatives of non-governmental organizations such as the Institute for Human Rights and Family Policy, the Milan Šimečka Foundation and others.

The series of expert events in the process of drafting the strategy will continue with a discussion on 13 May on the topic of “Institutional Architecture for Human Rights Protection”.

Photographic and sound recordings of Minister Lajčák’s address at the workshop are available at the MZVaEZ SR website.