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Slovakia gets UN human rights post

SLOVAKIA, represented by Fedor Rosocha, the country's Permanent Representative to the United Nations office and other international organisations in Geneva, was selected as vice-president of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on June 21, the TASR newswire reported.

SLOVAKIA, represented by Fedor Rosocha, the country's Permanent Representative to the United Nations office and other international organisations in Geneva, was selected as vice-president of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on June 21, the TASR newswire reported.

The nomination from the Eastern European Group is because of Slovakia’s high level of engagement in the council and because the council recognises that human rights are a priority in Slovakia's foreign policy and that the country has consistently supported human rights protection at the national level, TASR wrote.

Slovakia will hold the post at a time when the UNHRC is at a crossroads. A restructuring of the council is due in 2011 after the first five years of its existence. As the only EU-member country in a five-nation bureau, Slovakia will be thorough in pushing forward its priorities vis-a-vis tackling situations involving human rights around the globe, the ministry said.

Slovakia has been a UNHRC member since June 2008 after it was supported, in a secret vote, by 135 UN-member countries.

The country’s mandate is due to expire in June 2011.


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