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Policies targeting violence against women lacking WOMEN that are the targets of violence in Slovakia often remain silent and hide their pain under the pretext of social conventions that lead them to expect a lack of sensitivity from relatives or police. In Slovakia every fifth woman has personally experienced violence, a fact linked to gender prejudices and women’s economic dependence on men. 17 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Russians banned from celebration News in short Locked REPRESENTATIVES of Liptovský Mikuláš, Žilina Region, have rejected the request from the Russian Embassy to Slovakia to have a Russian military attaché attend celebrations commemorating the 69th anniversary of the town’s liberation from Nazi Germany. The decision came in response to the situation in Crimea, the TASR newswire reported on April 3. 14 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Maďarič leaves deputy chair post News in short Locked CULTURE Minister Marek Maďarič will resign from the post of Smer’s deputy chairman at the party’s next session, but he will keep his ministerial post. The decision came in response to the presidential elections, which saw Prime Minister Robert Fico lose to philanthropist Andrej Kiska. Maďarič headed Fico’s campaign. Other Smer members, however, say that he may return to the leadership position. 14 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Most-Híd adopts new agenda Party should not forget its Hungarian voters, analyst says Locked THE FIRST-EVER political party to be founded on the ambition to bridge the gap between the majority population and minorities living in Slovakia is shifting its focus. After five years of existence, Most-Híd is rebranding itself from a party of cooperation to a civic party. 14 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Slovakia marks 10 years in NATO Anniversary comes as Russian incursion into Ukraine casts security in new light THE 10th anniversary of Slovakia’s NATO membership has come as the military alliance considers future strategy in the wake of Russia’s invasion of the Crimean peninsula. Now a stable member of this 28-member club, for Slovakia this was not always a given. 14 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Regional paper praises fascist state THE FLAG of the European Union is a symbol of occupation, and the Nazi-allied wartime Slovak state was a prosperous and successful country: these are just the two most striking examples of the kind of rhetoric found in a newspaper published by the Banská Bystrica regional government since Marian Kotleba became governor. 14 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Jail time for Košice councillor Locked KOŠICE city councillor František Olejník, a former deputy of Smer convicted of taking a bribe for influencing voting, will now officially spend the next few years in prison after his last hope of a reprieve evaporated on April 7. 14 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Malinová case goes to court HEDVIGA Žáková, whose case has dragged on for nearly eight years and has become synonymous with an individual caught up in the state machinery, now finds herself in court for perjury – a result receiving condemnation from human rights groups. 14 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Smer's judicial picks disputed RESUMES featuring experience on the European Court of Justice or the European Court of Human Rights did not impress the ruling Smer party, whose MPs on April 3 instead nominated several candidates without any previous experience in constitutional law for 12-year seats with the country’s Constitutional Court. 10 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Students discussing the human rights issues A CHILDREN’S euthanasia bill passing in Belgium, Gay Pride and pro-life marches, Russia’s annexation of Crimea: this is just a brief list of issues that secondary school students had to grapple with at the Human Rights Olympics (OĽP) vol. 16, which took place in Modra – Harmónia on March 26-28. 7 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Politics without politics harvests success Frustration with political establishment brings success to Kiska and Procházk WITH many feeling that today’s political parties have abandoned the principle of serving the people, several candidates in this year’s presidential race stressed their distance from the political establisment. This resonated with voters, who responded by electing one such candidate to the highest state office. 7 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Court upholds Sadiki’s sentence News in short THE PREŠOV Regional Court upheld the original 22-year prison sentence for alleged Kosovar drug lord Baki Sadiki, after turning down the appeal against the ruling of the first-instance court from December 16. 7 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
New player in emissions case News in short A HIGH-level official might have benefited from the murky 2008 carbon dioxide emissions deal, one of the biggest scandals of first government of Robert Fico (2006-10), according to Fair-Play Alliance (AFP). They based their claim on documents provided by Swiss authorities, who were looking into allegations of money laundering in the emissions case. The investigation ended with no charges laid, the TASR newswire reported. 7 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Procházka says he is ready for a party Strong third place in presidential race sees him give up MP mandate for a new start RADOSLAV Procházka is ready to found a new political party after all. How he came to this decision proves he is an unorthodox politician, despite the fact the he entered politics through the door of one of the most conservative parties on the Slovak political scene. 7 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
US Embassy awards Dubovcová WHILE Slovak state officials turned a deaf ear to Ombudswoman Jana Dubovcová’s report pointing to serious human rights violations by state bodies in its policy toward Roma and proposed to relocate her office from Bratislava to the east instead, the diplomatic community awarded her a prize. 7 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
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“Some [people] already call me Mr President, which always subconsciously startles me [and I look to check] whether someone is standing behind me.” President-elect Andrej Kiska commenting on how he feels in his new role in the days following his election win.