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“Yokohama Review for Europe and Central Asia – Combating Sexual Exploitation of Children” (8. – 9. 07. 2005)

Ombudsman participated to the consultation regarding Sexual Exploitation of Children.
Yokohama Review for Europe and Central Asia aim is to give the follow-up to the Second World Congress against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, held in Yokohama, Japan, from 17 to 20 December 2001, and to its preparatory meeting for Europe and Central Asia, which took place in Budapest, Hungary, on 20-21 November 2001. The Conference will focus on the implementation by governments of their commitments made in Yokohama and Budapest. It will highlight some of the most important aspects of combating sexual exploitation of children and recommend future actions to be taken by the Council of Europe and its member States in the fight against this scourge.
The Conference will be hosted by the Government of Slovenia, in collaboration with the Council of Europe and UNICEF.

Ombudsman issued a special issue of a free newsletter »Ombudsman – how to protect your rights«, which combine good practices of children rights ombudsmen in Europe.

Final document “Yokohama Review on Combating Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of Children – Europe and Central Asia”


“Stop Violence Against Children – Act Now!” Regional Consultation for the UN Study on Violence Against Children (5. – 7. 07.2005)

Ombudsman participated to the consultation regarding Violence Against Children.
Its aim is to contribute to the UN Secretary General’s Study on Violence against Children, which is being prepared by the independent expert Paulo Sergio Pinheiro. The Study will provide an in-depth global picture of Violence against Children and propose recommendations for improving legislation, policy and programmes related to the prevention of such violence and responses to the abuse. The final report of the Study will be submitted to the UN General Assembly in 2006.

The focus of the Consultation in Ljubljana will be on various aspects of violence against children in Europe and Central Asia, in particular at home and in the family, in the school environment, in residential institutions and in communities. Its objective is to galvanize commitment and accelerate action to protect children from all forms of violence.

The Consultation is hosted by the Government of Slovenia and organised in collaboration with the Council of Europe, UNICEF, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the World Health Organization and the NGO Advisory Panel for the UN Study on Violence against Children.

Ombudsman issued a special issue of a free newsletter »Ombudsman – how to protect your rights«, which combine good practices of children rights ombudsmen in Europe. 

The Ljubljana Final Conclusions to Act Now on Violence Against Children.

ENOC (European Network of Ombudsmen for Children) Submission to the Europe and Central Asia Regional Consultation for the UN Secretary General’s Study on Violence against children, Ljubljana 5 – 7 July 2005



Campaign Against Intolerance Launched on Human Rights Day

This year's campaigns mainly focus on intolerance. On this occasion, Ombudsman Matjaz Hanzek has called on Slovenia to follow Europe's example regarding its attitude towards intolerance.
According to Hanzek, intolerant statements aimed at various minorities should have no place on the political scene. If they occur nevertheless, the ombudsman hopes for Slovenia to firmly reject them.
The project entitled Forms of Intolerance in Slovenia, organised by the ombudsman's office, was planned as a response to the increasing intolerance against minorities, whose living conditions are consequently worsening.
The events to be held until the end of the year include an exhibition of intolerance in the independent Slovenia, which opened at the Slovenian Etnographic Museum on 9.12.2004.


Free newsletter "The Ombudsman – how to protect your rights"

On 10 December 2003 the office of ombudsman Matjaz Hanzek published the first edition of a free newsletter entitled "The Ombudsman - How to Protect Your Rights". The main aim of the newsletter is to educate people about their rights, show them ways to seek help and redress wrongs and in this way contribute to reducing violations. The newsletter will be publishing three times a year. We hope above all to reach the ‘information poor’ – those segments of society who are bypassed by the information that we find in the mass media – and to teach them about their rights and show them how to help themselves. The newsletter is available at administrative units, hospitals, clinics, libraries, employment offices, pupils’ boarding houses and university halls of residence, faculties, old people’s homes, non-governmental organisations, social services centres, prisons, police stations, etc.


Advertising campaign “Children’s rights are the law!”

In 2003 on 10 December 2003 the ombudsman’s office launched an advertising campaign entitled ‘Children’s rights are the law!’, aimed at the promotion of children’s rights. Since the majority of violations of children’s rights are caused by adults, often the parents of children, it is adults who were the target group of the campaign. The mass media enabled us free broadcasting of three television advertisements. We have also reserved the back page of the newsletter for a social advertisement, where each issue will feature one of the problems presented in the television advertisements. The campaign continued also in 2004.

The strategy for the advertising campaign was devised in its entirety at the ombudsman’s office. In addition to the strategy we devised scenarios for individual advertisements and proposals and designs for the print advertisements. A good campaign depends on good knowledge of the target group. We have this knowledge thanks to the cases we deal with and our collaboration with various experts and practicians and NGOs. This is the advantage of an institution that works at both the concrete and general levels, since knowledge of concrete cases enables better knowledge of the target group and thus more effective promotion and education. 


Expert consultation on domestic violence

On 19 November 2003 in the small hall of the National Assembly an expert consultation was held on Domestic Violence - the path to a solution, where experts from various fields presented their practical experiences, needs and proposals for resolving the difficulties in the area of domestic violence. The expert consultation was attended by as many as 130 participants from social work centres, ministries, courts, faculties, health and non-governmental organisations. Such a high level of participation clearly indicates that there are far too few such consultations, and that some form of continuous cooperation should be set up among experts, since dealing with this issue requires an interdisciplinary approach. The need for greater cooperation and information provision among various professions was also pointed out by the majority of those speaking.


Round Table on the National Human Rights Institute in the Republic of Slovenia

The feasibility of setting up a suitable national institution for the protection and promotion of human rights in Slovenia topped the agenda of a panel on human rights institutions, which was taking place from 20. to 21. october 2003.


"My Rights" Project to Raise Awareness of Children's Rights

In the 2003/04 academic year the ombudsman, in collaboration with the School for Peace and other NGOs, began implementing the joint project ‘My Rights’ for the promotion of knowledge about children’s rights. The main aim of the project is to carry out activities in the area of education on children’s rights, which is based on the long-term and systematic coordination of governmental and non-governmental organisations in the area of knowing, implementing and respecting the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the school environment and in the broader social environment.

Within the framework of this project, a series of activities takes place at primary schools, where one children’s right is dealt with every month. In addition to these programme activities, the School for Peace has designed promotional material (a series of postcards each of which presents one children’s right) which helps children learn more about their rights with the help of visual cues and offers teachers methodical help for classwork.
To inform children, the organisers have compiled a kit consisting of a CD-ROM and flash cards, which were designed with participation of children. This material helps children learn more about their rights with the help of visual cues and offers teachers methodical help for classwork. In the first year the project reached out to 87 primary and secondary schools, 50,000 students and their parents and 1200 teachers. The project was introduced also outside of Slovenia at the EIP International World Conference, at OSCE session and in the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Link to the project's site 

Annual Meeting of the Voting members of the European Region - International Ombudsman Institute

An annual conference of European electors of the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI) was held in Ljubljana between 5 and 7 December 2002. The conference was visited by 59 participants from 28 countries and 38 institutions. The main topic of the gathering was the independence of the Ombudsman.


The international conference "The Relationship between Ombudsmen and Judicial Bodies"


In 2001 the Human Rights Ombudsman organised the international conference 'The Relationship between Ombudsmen and Judicial Bodies' which took place in Ljubljana on 12 and 13 November. The meeting was the Slovene ombudsman's contribution to the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe. The event saw representatives of ombudsmen and justice bodies from transition countries and other countries present their experiences and practical ways in which ombudsmen can influence the work of justice bodies and change problematic legislation, not least in relation to constitutional courts. The conference was also attended by representatives of the Council of Europe. The participants expressed the opinion that for countries in transition, which include countries with an unstable legal system, countries in which an independent judiciary only has a short tradition and countries in which constant reforms of state bodies are taking place, it is especially important to see the formulation of a national policy of protection and promotion of human rights through legal and other mechanisms, in accordance with recommendations R (85)13 and R (97) 11 of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on the institution of ombudsman and on the founding of independent institutions for the protection and promotion of human rights, and recommendation R (94) 12 on the independence, efficiency and role of judges and the court practice of the European Court of Human Rights.

Conclusions of the conference 


European Ombudsmen Newsletter

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