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Your (Human) Rights are My (Human) Duty

09.12.2016

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Just before Human Rights Day, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, whose role is to control the implementation of judgements made by the European Court of Human Rights, gave Slovenia confirmation that the state is diligent and successful in guaranteeing fundamental human rights. The Committee has adopted a final resolution regarding the case Lukenda v. Slovenia (23032/02), in which it assessed that court backlogs in Slovenia are no longer a systemic problem since legislative, organisational, informational and other measures have been adopted to reduce the backlogs and enable trials within a reasonable time.

This is without doubt an important decision for Slovenia in light of respecting human rights and the rule of law. The observance of the rule of law and of international law is an essential condition for the development of countries and peaceful harmony among them.

This year, the UN adopted a slogan "Stand up for someone's rights today!" for the campaign, calling us to do exactly that: there is no room for selfishness in the efforts for achieving harmony among states. We can contribute to a better tomorrow only by helping each other and fostering solidarity among countries, nations and individuals. We actually start to safeguard the values protected by human rights once we become aware that we also have responsibilities towards others, stated Slovenian government on Human Rights Day. Or, in the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, who oversaw the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, human rights begin in small places, close to home.


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