The incoming government of the Slovak Republic says it intends to build Slovakia as a liberal state the SITA newswire reported based on its review of the centre-right government’s draft programme statement, acquired by the newswire on July 21.
“Respecting fundamental rights and freedoms is a prerequisite for building a modern liberal state and a just society,” the draft states, as quoted by SITA.
The cabinet of Iveta Radičová plans to amend the restrictive legislative and political measures from the previous period which were not in line with principles of human rights and according to the draft the new cabinet will soon prepare revisions of laws related to press, state language, Slovak citizenship, Slovak state symbols, and others so that these respect human and minority rights guaranteed by Slovakia's constitution as well as international agreements, SITA wrote
The new cabinet also plans to create adequate mechanisms for strengthening sustainability of non-governmental, non-profit organisations as well as independent analytical centres and advocacy organizations through changes in tax legislation or improving availability of EU funds.
The cabinet will also prepare a draft bill on the act of protection and support of maintaining and developing the culture of ethnic minorities. The Deputy Prime Minister for Human Rights and Minorities will have strengthened operative and decision-making powers. The cabinet is also preparing amendments to laws on use of minority languages, on geodesy and cartography and other laws.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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22. Jul 2010 at 14:00