Human Rights Day commemorated in Slovakia

DECEMBER 10 is acknowledged as the International Human Rights Day and Slovakia joined the world in commemorating and celebrating it.

Ombudswoman Jana DubovcováOmbudswoman Jana Dubovcová (Source: Sme)

Already on its eve, Ombudswoman Jana Dubovcová awarded people who contribute to the protection of fundamental human rights and freedoms. Starting with the first chairman of the Czech and Slovak Federative Republic’s Constitutional Court – after the revolution which toppled communism – Ernest Valko, in memoriam; other laureates include programme director of the Milan Šimečka Foundation, Laco Oravec, for his long-term stances on protection of human rights; Ľubica Kováčiková and Katarína Kročilová for publicly stepping out and changing the debate regarding LGBTI rights; representatives of the Plea for Humanity initiative Róbert Slovák, Ján Orlovský, Martin Dubéci, Samo Marec, Jakub Ptačin, Natália Tomeková, Lucia Štasselová and Zuzana Dančíková.

“It is especially necessary to commemorate history, its dark moments and the importance of fundamental rights and freedoms as a pillar of free and democratic countries,” Dubovcová said on that evening, as quoted by the SITA newswire

Other organisations and institutions which commemorated this day comprise Citizen, Democracy and Responsibility / Občan, demokracia a zodpovednosť which noted that the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) at its recent session called on the Slovak government to adopt measures aimed at fully implementing women’s rights, while also pointing to specific failures in many spheres.

Amnesty International Slovensko watchdog invited the public for an Open day on the morning of December 10, to its Bratislava office at Karpatská 11, while for the afternoon, a joint writing of letters is planned, the TSSR newswire wrote.

Human Rights’ League (HRL) in Slovakia points to the fact – in light of recent events – that people running from wars, famine or violence have the same rights as others, especially for protection of life, from torture or inhumane or degrading treatment, SITA quoted its chairwoman  Zuzana Števulová as having said.

Also the Romano Kher – Roma House organisation commemorated this day, with a documentary about education of young people from the Roma community called Searchers (Hľadači). The film is screened – in cooperation with the Open Society Foundation (OSF), on December 10 at 17:00 in OSF Gallery on Baštová Street in Bratislava. 

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