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Foreign expert: Slovak gov’t undermines work of ombudswoman Dubovcová
11 Jun 2014 Flash News
The current situation in Slovakia undermines the work of Ombudswoman, Jana Dubovcová, according to an international expert. After complaints by Dubovcová herself and after criticism from opposition politicians and non-governmental organisations, the President of the European Board of the International Ombudsman Institute Peter Tyndall wrote this opinion in a letter to the Speaker of the Slovak Parliament Pavol Paška.
The Institute has 160 members in 90 countries. The letter was made available to the SITA newswire on June 10 by Ján Glovičko, an aide to the Slovak ombudswoman. According to the letter, undermining the work of an ombudsman is understood internationally as evidence of a lack of respect for citizens’ rights.
“I urge you to address the situation as quickly as possible, and thus confirm that the Slovak parliament promotes democracy, human rights and the rule of law,” Tyndall writes in the letter, adding that the International Ombudsman Institute is willing to help. In Tyndall's words, the Institute is concerned about problems faced by Dubovcová, noting that this institution is well established in Slovakia and in accordance with international rules. As in other countries, the ombudsman is connected to the parliament and together with the government is working to protect the rights of citizens. In accordance with international practice, the Slovak
At the same time as this letter was sent, the parliament handled the issue of the residence of Ombudswoman’s Office, as this still remains – as it did under predecessor Pavol Kandráč at a rented site in Bratislava. A resolution submitted by Smer MP Vladimír Jánoš and approved on June 10 calls on government to solve the issue, if possible by relocating it to premises owned by the state or regional administration, the TASR newswire wrote.
(Source: SITA, TASR)
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