On 28 February 2023, Human Rights Ombudsman Peter Svetina participated at the main celebration upon the 55th anniversary of the operation of the Centre for Training, Work, and Care (CUDV) Črna na Koroškem in the Črna na Koroškem House of Culture. In his introductory speech he pointed out that CUDV Črna na Koroškem is a bright example of coexistence, interpersonal respect, and elimination of prejudices and exclusion. “I am delighted that CUDV Črna performs its activities with the expectations of their users and their relatives, who also co-create programmes, in mind. Unfortunately, we at the institution of the Human Rights Ombudsman still too frequently find that people with mental health disorders are discriminated against and stigmatised. Thus, recognition and acceptance of mental health disorders, appropriate treatment, sufficient expert help—not only for people with mental health disorders but also their relatives—appropriate living conditions, and especially prevention, that is raising awareness and sharing information, remain our challenge today and for tomorrow. May the respect of differences and personal dignity of every person become our everyday motto, not only in words but also and primarily in actions,” urged Ombudsman Svetina.
At the beginning of his address, Ombudsman Svetina also pointed out that he has been warning the competent ministry since the beginning of his term to finally start performing deinstitutionalisation, because it is the right of people with disabilities to live independently and be included in the community. Sadly, the institution of the Human Rights Ombudsman finds that the equal inclusion of people with disabilities and creation of an inclusive living environment for them is much too slow in Slovenia.