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Statement on transfer of powers in the area of national coordination of the human rights agenda

Statement on transfer of powers in the area of national coordination of the human rights agenda

31.7.2015

On September 1, 2015 the powers in the area of development and coordination of human rights policies will pass from the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic to the Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic. After more than three years of intensive and systematic activities the Foreign and European Affairs Ministry has fulfilled its mandate in the area of national coordination of the human rights agenda. An important milestone was the adoption of the National Strategy for Human Rights Protection and Promotion, a comprehensive document that constitutes the foundations for further development of human rights policies.

On September 1, 2015 the diplomacy department will pass on the baton to the department with a focus on domestic affairs. This systematic arrangement, which has also been supported by civic society, will allow Slovakia to continuously and effectively accomplish the tasks and priorities that have been set up in the human rights strategy.

Throughout the entire past period the key focus of the Government Council of the Slovak Republic for Human Rights, National Minorities and Gender Equity has been strengthening communication between the key stakeholders in the human rights-related dialogue, ensuring coordination and respecting continuity in the council’s activities. The council has become the main forum and authority for the human rights agenda in Slovakia and has asserted its position as the key institute in this area. An intensive society-wide discussion of human rights resulted in strengthening and cultivating the dialogue between government institutions, the non-governmental sector and the academic community, and contributed to enhancing the human rights culture in the day-to-day life of our society.

The government of the Slovak Republic strongly rejects all activities leading to intolerance in society and condemns all manifestations of hatred, extremism, racism and xenophobia.

Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, and Tomáš Borec, Minister of Justice of the Slovak Republic, have for that reason reiterated the commitment of the Slovak Republic to keep fulfilling the effective and consistent honouring of human rights, including systemic actions for inclusion of the Roma community in the majority society. The Slovak Republic has adopted a commitment to ensure non-discriminatory access to education and equal treatment in the entire spectrum of societal life.