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Human rights are for everyone


We live in a divided and uncertain world, and in the field of human rights we are constantly facing new challenges regarding migrations, terrorism and increasing economic and social inequality and populism. Despite this, we must never forget that all of us have the right to happiness and freedom. Human Rights Day is celebrated annually across the world on 10 December, the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Respect of human rights and ensuring a state based on the rule of law are top priorities for the Slovenian government. The government approved the establishment of an independent institution for monitoring human rights under the auspices of the Human Rights Ombudsman, and the creation of positions for advocates of children’s rights. In the last three years, Slovenia has significantly reduced the number of unenforceable judgements of the European Court of Human Rights.

Human rights are also at the forefront of Slovenian international policy. On 1 January 2018, Slovenia will assume the Presidency of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva for a 12-month term. Within the framework of its current membership, Slovenia’s efforts are focused primarily on children, support for gender equality and strengthening the role and status of women, as well as the rights of the elderly and the importance of intergenerational cooperation.

The ensuring of human rights also owes a great deal to volunteers, who celebrated International Volunteer Day on 5 December. In the opinion of Prime Minister Cerar, volunteering, which has a long and storied tradition in Slovenia, is exceptionally important for both society and the state, as it provides social and intergenerational connectedness.

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