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The Government Council of the Slovak Republic for Human Rights, National Minorities and Gender Equity meets

The Government Council of the Slovak Republic for Human Rights, National Minorities and Gender Equity meets

26.6.2015 | Aktivity ministra | Ľudské práva

A meeting of the Government Council of the Slovak Republic for Human Rights, National Minorities and Gender Equity took place in Bratislava today (26 June) under the leadership of Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. In his introductory address, the minister expressed his conviction that a friendly and constructive climate has been established in the Council, which is the key to cultivating the standard of human rights dialogue in Slovakia. Minister Lajčák also evaluated the strategy preparation process: “The strategy has taught us to communicate with each other about the priorities and tasks, it has taught us to listen to each other and, in practical terms, it has taught us engage in participatory cooperation,” he said.

The Council members discussed materials submitted by the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family SR concerning gender equity and the strategic goals of the National Strategy for Protection of Children from Violence. The Council members recommended that the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic initiate a procedure for recognition of the Russian and Serbian languages as minority languages in Slovakia under Article II of the European Charter on Regional or Minority Languages.

The relevant departments informed about the status of accomplishment of the tasks resulting from the SR government’s resolution on the National Strategy for Human Rights Protection and Promotion in the Slovak Republic for 2015. The Interior Ministry SR presented information about compliance of its regulation with the Act on Granting Citizenship.

At the conclusion of the meeting the Council passed a resolution condemning manifestations of hatred, extremism, racism and xenophobia such as seen at last week’s protest rally in Bratislava and simultaneously rejected all forms of intolerance that lead to intolerance in society.

Following the adoption of an amendment to the Act on Powers passed by SR’s parliament, Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, symbolically passed on the office of the chair of the Council to Tomáš Borec, the Minister of Justice SR, who will assume sponsorship over the Council’s deliberations at its next meeting.