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The Slovak Republic becomes a member of the UN Human Rights Council for 2018-2020

The Slovak Republic becomes a member of the UN Human Rights Council for 2018-2020

29.12.2017 | Slovensko a OSN | Vyhlásenia a stanoviská ministerstva | Ľudské práva

On 1 January 2018 the Slovak Republic becomes a member of the UN Human Rights Council (Council) for a three-year term. Being elected a member of this most important human rights body of the United Nations is perceived by Slovakia as international appreciation of its activities thus far in the area of human rights.

 

The Council monitors the observation of human rights in UN-member states and addresses any violations, responds to crisis situations within the world, and serves as an international forum for dialogue concerning issues of human rights promotion and development. The Council holds three ordinary meetings in a year that take 3-4 weeks. The Council responds to a crisis situation in a specific country by holding an extraordinary meeting.

 

Slovakia will be a Council member at the time of major challenges in the area of human rights’ observation in the world. A Council member is obliged to observe the supreme standards for human rights’ promotion and protection in its activities and be guided by principles of universality, impartiality, objectiveness and non-selectiveness.

 

The Slovak Republic, during its three-year term in the Council, will pursue commitments and promises that were approved by the government of the Slovak Republic on 5 April 2017. The priorities will primarily include fighting all forms of racism, xenophobia, and active implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, including promotion of children’s rights and tolerance of religious denomination and faith, and religious tolerance.

 

In 2018 the Slovak Republic will take part in the Council’s activities alongside other EU partners: Belgium, Germany, Slovenia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Hungary, Croatia and Spain.