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GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND SECURITY COUNCIL

The General Assembly addresses human rights at plenary sessions and in various thematic debates. At its regular meetings in October and November every year, the UN General Assembly Third Committee for social, humanitarian and cultural issues devotes particular attention to human rights. This issue is also addressed by the Commission for Social Development, the Commission on the Status of Women, other General Assembly committees, ECOSOC and its functional commissions, the Security Council, including some executive committees of UN agencies, programmes and funds.

 

Slovenia takes an active part in the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly, which hears the reports of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the High Commissioner for Refugees, special rapporteurs and independent experts of the Human Rights Council, special representatives of the Secretary-General, chairs of committees of certain treaty bodies and others. The Committee also addresses issues relating to social development, youth, the elderly, persons with disabilities, families, women's rights, children, crime prevention and drug control, the entire scope of the issue covering the death penalty and torture, freedom of speech and association, racism and racial discrimination, the human rights situation in individual countries, etc. 

 

Slovenia participates in the work of the Third Committee on the basis of traditional priorities, defending the principles of democracy, human rights and dignity. It is in favour of developing new standards and guaranteeing the exercise of existing rights, promoting respect for children's rights, the disabled, gender equality, eliminating all types of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and racial discrimination, upholding the rights of national and ethnic minorities, human rights education, promoting environment-related human rights and abolishing the death penalty. Every two years, Slovenia and Belgium table a resolution on the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

 

The UN Security Council addresses human rights both from the aspect of individual issues and during debates on the situation in particular countries. The Council devotes a great deal of attention to the protection of civilians, including the issues of women, peace and security, and children in armed conflict. Attention is also being increasingly devoted to human rights violations in particular countries. Human rights are at the core of an increasing number of mandates of peace operations. Some violations and abuses of human rights are also included in the criteria for the introduction of sanctions against certain parties.

 

Slovenia participates in open Security Council debates, particularly on women, peace and security, and children in armed conflict, by tabling national declarations and by supporting declarations by the EU and the Human Security Network. As far as possible, Slovenia supports resolutions on these issues.