Slovakia reviewed under UPR
Monday, 18 May 2009 03:30


The UPR Working Group reviewed the Slovak Republic on the afternoon of 13 May 2009. The Slovak delegation was led by Ms Diana Strofova, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic. There were over 50 states participating in the interactive dialogue. Most States welcomed Slovakia’s report (although Germany queried why only one national NGO had submitted information to the process) and its efforts to improve the protection of human rights since independence in 1993.

 The concerns raised included the following:


  • Many States welcomed the efforts taken by the Government of Slovakia to ensure the full enjoyment of human rights by minorities, in particular by the Romaminority through the establishment of the Decade of Roma Inclusion in 2005. However, Finland, Austria, Iran, Portugal and the UK drew special attention to access to education and to the labour market for Roma. Singapore, Canada, Malaysia, Angola, Belgium and the United Kingdom raised their concerns about harassment by police forces in light of the recent events in Kosice. Other areas of concern included the right to housing for ethnic minorities (Finland, Austria, Iran), their involvement in the political process (Slovenia), and the recognition and treatment of the national Hungarian minority (Hungary, United Kingdom)
  • A number of States addressed the issue of racism and hate crimes. Iran referred to the Committee on the Elimination Discrimination’s increased concern of the rise of hate crimes, while Switzerland referred to gaps in protection. Kazakhstan also requested more information on work done to fight racially motivated crimes.
  • Many States raised their concerns about gender equality and domestic violence. Algeria, Azerbaijan, Argentina drew special attention to women’s equal representation in politics, especially for Roma. Sweden, Azerbaijan, Argentina and Portugal expressed concern that domestic violence is still very common.  Japan, Azerbaijan recommended further investigation of illegal sterilisation of Romani women.
  • Uzbekistan, Turkey and the Russian Federation raised concern about violence against and sexual exploitation of children. Brazil and Mexico recommended improved access to education, particularly for Roma children, while Japan and Slovenia raised particular concern at the use of special classes for Roma.
  • A number of States called for ratification of outstanding human rights treaties, including the Convention on the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers (Algeria, Mexico, Argentina, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Serbia, Mexico, Jordan, Spain) and the Optional Protocols to the Convention against Torture (United Kingdom) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Portugal, Argentina).
  • While recognizing efforts made by the Slovak Government in the establishment of the institute of Ombudsman, Morocco and the Czech Republic recommended also the establishment of a national human rights institution in accordance with the Paris Principles.


Others issues raised included trafficking (Brazil, Ukraine), religious freedom (Algeria), freedom of expression (Canada), sexual orientation (Sweden, the Netherlands and the Holy See), disability (Serbia), and the lack of responses to letters from special procedures (Slovenia). 


On 15 May 2009, the Working Group adopted the draft report on Slovakia after some minor editorial changes were made to the text. 


Slovakia will respond to all recommendations made at the Council's 12th session in September 2009. However, it stated that it would not be in a position to accept all recommendations as some of them were contradictory.


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