Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia

12/10/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/10/2017 01:46

We celebrate human rights

10. 12. 2017

We celebrate human rights

Ljubljana, 10 December 2017 - As we mark International Human Rights Day, we remember the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN National Assembly 69 years ago. The Declaration was the first international agreement setting out fundamental human rights to be protected, and the basis for the entire international legal structure of human rights established since then. Translated into 506 languages, the Declaration remains the most widely translated document in the world.

Any violation or denial of anyone's human rights undermines the rights of all of us, and this is why the protection and promotion of human rights remain global priorities. Slovenia firmly supports the principle of the universal, inalienable, indivisible and interdependent nature of human rights, which are the foundations of a free society, peace, security and development at home and abroad, and are therefore Slovenia's foreign policy priority.

In support of global peace and development, Slovenia diligently and actively participates in international human right forums and underlines the importance of responsibility for human rights violations. It supports the work of the International Criminal Court and other international tribunals for holding perpetrators of serious human rights violations accountable.

Slovenia began serving its second three-year term on the Human Rights Council in Geneva in 2016. We are proud that in 2018, the final year of Slovenia's current membership, the Council will be presided over by Ambassador Vojislav Šuc, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Slovenia to the United Nations in Geneva. On the Council, Slovenia will continue to effectively address various aspects and violations of human rights in a spirit of openness and cooperation.

Today marks the beginning of a year-long campaign in preparation for the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in which Slovenia is taking part.