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Human Rights Day - Protection of Human Rights in the Czech Republic and Slovenia

Every year on December 10, we commemorate Human Rights Day. The Czech Republic and Slovenia are active in promoting human rights at home and abroad.

The Czech Republic with its long tradition of human rights in foreign policy is the third-time member of the UN Human Rights Council with a mandate until 2021. One of the main priorities of its operation has become freedom of assembly, which is one of the basic pillars of a free society and for which the Czech Republic has prepared UN resolution in cooperation with other states. The Czech Republic and Slovenia also jointly express their support for fundamental human rights and freedoms in Belarus. Cooperation on human rights issues and support for countries affected by historical traumas take place between the two countries at bilateral, regional and multilateral levels.

Leading by example is essential for the successful implementation of human rights policy. The Czech Republic and Slovenia are regularly ranked high in the human rights and freedoms indices. In the most famous index of democracy and freedom by Freedom House, the Czech Republic received 91 out of 100 points and Slovenia even 94 points. Other international comparisons also show that after 1989, both countries successfully transformed into stable democracies with a high level of respect for human rights. The American Cato Institute ranked both countries in the category of "most free", with Slovenia ranking 35th and the Czech Republic even 21st among the world’s countries. The Czech Republic and Slovenia are also considered by the Friedrich Naumann Stiftung to be among the countries that respect human rights and freedoms as much as possible.

In the autumn, the Slovenian Ombudsman for Human Rights issued an Annual report of the human rights Ombudsman in Slovenia for 2019, stating that the country's human rights standards are high, although there is room for further development. The Ombudsman states that Slovenia has taken many steps to improve in many areas, from housing, health care of the pension system to rights of children and foreigners. He also made 158 recommendations to further strengthen human rights in the country. The Universal Periodic Review of the UN Human Rights Council then valued Slovenia’s progress in integrating children of foreigners into the education system, improving rights of the elderly and the gradual acceptance of corporate responsibility for human rights by Slovenian private companies. He cited migration and "hate speech" among the main human rights challenges facing Slovenia.

According to the latest national report within the Universal Periodic Review of the UN Human Rights Council in 2017, the Czech Republic has complied with 129 out of 136 UN human rights recommendations. The UN sees challenges for the Czech Republic, among other things, in the area of migration and Romania's minority. The Government Council for Human Rights of the Czech Republic in its summary report for 2019 positively assessed changes in the area of the judiciary, children's rights, treatment of persons deprived of their liberty and the rights of foreigners. At the same time, it made a number of recommendations for the coming years.

The Embassy of the Czech Republic in Ljubljana supports cooperation between the Czech Republic and Slovenia to strengthen the protection of human rights at home and abroad. Both countries, sharing historical experiences of totalitarian past and democratization and based on similar cultural, geographical, political and economic conditions, can benefit from exchanging experiences and coordinating their activities in order to further deepen the democratic standards and protect the rights of individuals and groups.