Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

NGOs: UN criticises Slovakia's efforts to tackle discrimination

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has pointed to some persistent shortcomings in efforts to combat racism and racial discrimination in Slovakia, the TASR newswire reported on March 27, citing five non-governmental organisations (NGOs) active in the sphere.

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has pointed to some persistent shortcomings in efforts to combat racism and racial discrimination in Slovakia, the TASR newswire reported on March 27, citing five non-governmental organisations (NGOs) active in the sphere.

The UN committee also called on the Slovak government to try harder to fulfil its international commitments stemming from the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. It pointed to two major problems: the segregation of Roma and non-Roma pupils and students in the education system and the violation of the right to decent and appropriate housing for Roma. It was noted by the UN that Roma-only classes and schools are being opened in Slovakia and that many Roma pupils currently attend special schools alongside special-needs children.

According to the non-governmental organisations, the committee criticised Slovakia for failing to implement properly its existing anti-discrimination legislation, which is still not considered to be an effective tool in practice for protecting individuals facing discrimination. The UN also pointed to police violence against minorities and ineffective investigations into such cases.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

Jaguar plant in Nitra will be bigger

The carmaker plans to add a new facility and employ more people.

Jaguar Land Rover plant near Nitra is under construction

Government members met at a distance

The session had only one point on its programme: the mandate for the prime minister to meet with the French president.

It’s not easy to be friends with Fico

Will Andrej Danko take the government down with him?

Andrej Danko

Bankers adjust to customers’ habits

More people will be coming to banks for advisory.