Slovenia reviewed under the UPR
Wednesday, 17 February 2010 14:21

On 16 February 2010, the Working Group on the UPR reviewed the situation of human rights in Slovenia. Slovenia was represented by a high-level delegation headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Samuel Žbogar, who used his presentation to provide updates on progress made in regard to ‘erased’ persons, protection of children, preventing domestic violence, and fighting discrimination, especially against Roma people. Mr Žbogar also announced that Slovenia plans to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. The rest of the presentation was used to address written questions submitted in advance by the States regarding women's rights, limiting stereotypes in the media, court backlogs, and discrimination.


During the constructive dialogue many States commended Slovenia on its endeavours to protect and promote human rights and its active engagement in various international institutions. Nonetheless Italy, Algeria, Norway, Mexico, France, Turkey, Bhutan, United Kingdom, Portugal, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Colombia, Spain, Malaysia, Argentina, Azerbaijan, and Ghana recommended Slovenia to continue to promote gender equality, and strive to eradicate stereotypical roles between men and women. These countries also expressed concern regarding continued violence against women, especially domestic violence, and the lack of representation of women decision-making and other high-level positions.


Another major concern raised by Algeria, USA, Mexico, Yemen, Germany, Hungary, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Belarus, Iran, Czech Republic, Philippines, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Kyrgyzstan related to human trafficking. The countries recommended Slovenia to strengthen preventive measures against human trafficking by improving detection of trafficking in and out of the country and strengthening the efforts to continue education on trafficking for law-enforcement officials and the general population. Countries also recommended Slovenia to improve effective persecution of perpetrators involved in human trafficking and provide protection and legal assistance to victims of trafficking,


During the session Slovenia provided the countries with the latest information regarding solving the problem of erased persons by informing that a bill is currently being discussed in the National Assembly, which will restore permanent residence permits to all those whose names were removed from the national register in 1992 who still reside in Slovenia. Nevertheless, countries such as Norway, Mexico, Australia, Canada, Yemen, India, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovakia, Serbia, Czech Republic, Philippines, and Sweden expressed concern about the status of erased persons and urged Slovenia to adopt all measures to remedy the erased persons regardless where they currently reside.


Among other issues raised during the constructive dialogue were: the need to provide access to health care, education and employment, and take effective measures to eradicate stereotypical attitude towards Roma; the lack of effective enforcement of protection of children, especially against trafficking, child pornography and sale of children as raised by the Committee on the Rights of the Child; ensuring the full equality of same-sex partnerships, continuing efforts in protecting LGBT groups and providing equal rights to sexual minorities; accelerating judicial reform in order to eliminate backlogs in courts and to ensure the right to speedy trial; the lack of thorough investigation of ill-treatment by law-enforcement officials and lack of sufficient human rights education for law-enforcement officials; and a recommendation to sign and ratifying the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families.


Throughout the constructive dialogue Slovenia took the time to answer questions twice and also provided some additional explanation on the main topics raised in the end of the session which showed the willingness of Slovenian delegation to cooperate with the UPR.

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