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Parliamentary Commission Discusses 2013 Ombudsman Report

29.10.2014 14:25
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The parliamentary Privileges and Credentials Commission discussed the 2013 human rights report on Wednesday, with Ombudsman Vlasta Nussdorfer underlining that she dedicates much of her work to addressing issues linked to hate speech and intolerance, as well as vulnerable groups such as the disabled, children and the elderly.

She told the commission that in order to right the existing wrongs Slovenia must arrange a decent burial for the victims of post WWII killings, among other things.

The ombudsman urged changes to labour legislation and equal access to public health care for all.

She also warned against haste in adopting legislative changes, which has become quite frequent in the past years, and underlined the need for better access to free legal aid.

Also present at the commission session was Darko Stare of the Justice Ministry, who said the government believes all 150 recommendations presented in the report were justified.

The report is also a good source of information when addressing human rights issues, said Stare.

Former Human Rights Ombudsman Matjaž Hanžek, now an MP of the opposition United Left, underlined it was unacceptable that the ombudsman had to make the same recommendations year after year. "Human rights cannot wait for GDP growth of 2%," he said.

Apart from the recommendations made by the ombudsman, the commission also passed several recommendations proposed by the opposition Democrats (SDS).


Source: STA (Slovenian Press Agency)

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