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Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Legacy and present-day challenges

Ljubljana, 19 April 2018 – Today, the Ministry, in cooperation with the Faculty of Social Sciences and the United Nations Association of Slovenia, held a round table marking the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

 

In his introductory address, Minister Erjavec pointed out the immense significance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as one of the UN's most profound and far-reaching documents, which serves as the basis for the entire international legal structure of human rights, and stressed that human rights have long been one of Slovenia’s key foreign policy priorities. He announced that the first official Slovene translation of the Declaration would soon be published in the International Law Series.

 

Participating in the discussion, facilitated by Dr Petra Roter, were Vlasta Nussdorfer, Slovenian Human Rights Ombudsman, Dr Neža Kogovšek Šalamon, Director of the Peace Institute, Dr Svetlana Slapšak, anthropologist, Branko Soban, journalist and publicist, and Ambassador Vojislav Šuc, President of the Human Rights Council. Agreeing on the importance of the Declaration, the participants discussed the challenges affecting the respect for, and protection and enforcement of, human rights in Slovenia and abroad.

 

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted on 10 December 1948 at the 3rd Session of the UN General Assembly in Paris. It was the first international agreement setting out fundamental human rights to be protected, and the basis for the entire international legal structure of human rights established ever since. It has been translated into more than 500 languages, and the first official Slovene translation was published on 13 April 2018 in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia. Since 1950, 10 December has been observed as International Human Rights Day.