The UN Committee for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights expressed dissatisfaction with conditions of Roma in Slovakia and issued several a document concerning the second periodic report of Slovakia on the International Pact on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which the Slovak government approved on Wednesday, July 3.
The second periodic report covered the years 2002 and 2008 and was later updated with relevant developments through 2011. Slovakia is to hand over the third periodic report by May 18, 2017.
The committee fears that Roma continue to be victims of discrimination, especially in education, employment, health care and housing, the TASR newswire wrote. The UN committee recommends boosting preventive and protection measures to fight social and social discrimination towards Roma in all spheres, especially through fully implementing the Antidiscrimination Law. Slovakia should take steps to support their rights in access to employment, education, housing and health care. Another concern of the committee is the high unemployment rate of disadvantaged and marginalised groups of citizens, especially Roma and disabled. The committee lacks data on the effectiveness of the measures already enacted to remedy this situation. The UN committee also expressed concern over the high numbers of forcibly displaced Roma.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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