Committee postpones human rights strategy

The Committee for Human Rights, National Minorities and Gender Equality will postpone the deadline for finishing and submitting its new human rights strategy to the government until June 2014. The extra time is to be used for substantive, constructive and tolerant discussions from which the document should be prepared, the TASR newswire reported on September 5.

The Committee for Human Rights, National Minorities and Gender Equality will postpone the deadline for finishing and submitting its new human rights strategy to the government until June 2014. The extra time is to be used for substantive, constructive and tolerant discussions from which the document should be prepared, the TASR newswire reported on September 5.

Meanwhile, several people have expressed their disagreement with the strategy. After sending mass emails to the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s representatives, including minister Miroslav Lajčák, some critics began sending personal attacks to the secretary of the Government’s Committee for Human Rights, National Minorities and Gender Equality, Barbara Illková, the ministry reported on its website.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry criticised the use of personal attacks to halt work on the strategy and warned the organisers of this campaign, as well as the authors of the emails, that if they do not stop, the ministry will take legal steps, including submitting a criminal complaint on specific people, the official statement of the ministry reads.

“Saying the opinions and public criticism of decisions of state bodies are legitimate tools of civil discontent,” reads the statement. “The insults offending the human dignity, accusations of paedophilia, corruptive behaviour and posing threats with physical attacks do not only exceed the borders of good taste, but also fulfil the signs of defamation of persons and violations of rights for human dignity included in – among other things – the constitution and the relevant laws.”

Source: Foreign Affairs Ministry, TASR

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