Following the consideration of all the applications received from non-governmental organisations working in the field of human rights, Human Rights Ombudsman Peter Svetina decided to appoint Goran Forbici, the director of the umbrella network of the Slovenian non-governmental organisations CNVOS, as member of the RTVS Slovenija Council. The decision about his appointment was today, 17 February 2023, published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, no. 21/2023.
The Ombudsman published the public call to non-governmental organisations from the field of human rights and fundamental freedoms protection for the appointment of a Radiotelevizija Slovenija (RTVS) Council member on 13 January 2023 in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, no. 4/2023. He considered all the proposals that came to the Ombudsman’s address with all required data and statements. The call was answered by eight non-governmental organisations, six of which nominated Goran Forbici; these NGOs were: Pravni center za varstvo človekovih pravic in okolja – PIC, Društvo SOS, Zavod Open, Zveza prijateljev mladine Slovenije, Mirovni inštitut, and Društvo za nenasilno komunikacijo. Human Rights Ombudsman Svetina talked with the candidate, who was the only one to submit the full application and meet all the requirements of the call, and thus decided to appoint him to the RTVSLO Council.
The term of the member from the ranks of non-governmental organisations working in the field of human rights lasts four years.
Goran Forbici has a degree in philosophy and history and has been working in the non-governmental sector for more than 20 years. He was an associate of the Peace Institute: between 2003 and 2007, he was a member of the Programme Committee, and in 2004 also a coordinator of the Delavsko-punkerska univerza (DPU) educational project. Within the DPU, he contributed through the organisation of lectures and reading seminars and editing collections of lectures to the development of the independent and critical thought and active education of students about the most contemporary theoretical and political topics overlooked in the main educational institutions. As the director of CNVOS, the umbrella organisation of the Slovenian non-governmental sector, which directly connects more than 1,500 non-governmental networks and organisations in Slovenia, he has been realising, advocating, and defending human rights and fundamental freedoms for more than a decade, especially the right to assembly and the right to participation in the management of public affairs. He is the author of several studies and publications about the inclusion of the public (citizens and organised civil society) in the creation of and decision-making on public policies and regulations.
Since 2015, he has been lecturing on these topics at the Administration Academy of the Ministry of Public Administration, and he also works with international organisations as a consultant and lecturer on the realisation of the right to participate in the management of public affairs (Council of Europe, OECD).