Slovenia in Human Rights Council
.comSlovenia is currently a member of the UN Human Rights Council, the body of the United Nations, which pays special attention to the implementation of the human rights in the countries around the world.
Slovenia is strongly committed to the goals and work of the HRC. It has been continuously active in the Council from its establishment in 2006, and has recently proposed the nomination of its Permanent Representative in Geneva as a candidate for the position of the Council's President in 2018.
"Our rights" project
The rights of children are an important element in the promotion and protection of universal, indelible human rights. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has been ratified by nearly all UN member states, and constitutes an international legal instrument in which children are not treated as objects but as bearers of human rights.
In every environment it is important to give children the opportunity to be educated about human rights and allow them to participate in the process of strengthening their own position. This contributes positively to their development and respect for each other, and also acts as a long-term preventative measure - people who understand their own rights and respect the rights of others are more likely to be responsible in seeking and discovering peaceful solutions to social challenges.
In the field of human rights, empowering children is one of the key priorities for Slovenian foreign policy. An education in human rights and interpersonal respect contributes to the construction of communities built on the values of tolerance, respect, and non-discrimination.
Since 2005, Slovenia has used the educational tools of the Our Rights project, aimed at children and founded on the CRC, to enable the education of more than 185,000 children in 26 countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and Africa.
From 2016 to 2018 Slovenia is also a member of the UN Human Rights Council, whose purview is the implementation of human rights around the world. Human rights are treated holistically, meaning that, along with security and development, they constitute the three pillars of international co-operation. The Our Rights project represents a building block in this important process.
Support for the LGBTI community
Equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons and promoting their rights is an important part of Slovenian foreign policy. LGBTI rights are part of the universal human rights and as such included in the universal Declaration of Human Rights The Declaration states that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
In July 2016 Slovenia joined the Equal Rights Coalition (ERC) which was launched at the Global LGBTI Human Rights Conference 2016 in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Development of LGBT policy in Slovenia
According to Slovenian legislation, same-sex partnerships are regulated by the Registration of Same-Sex Civil Partnerships Act from July 2005.
On the basis of same-sex partnership registration, both partners have the right to maintenance, the right to obtain jointly owned property, the right to regulation of property relations within civil partnership, the right of occupancy, the right to inherit and the right to be kept informed of the partner's illness and to visit him/her in a healthcare institution.
In proceedings to review the constitutionality of the Registration of Same-Sex Civil Partnerships in 2009, the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Slovenia concluded that the Act is unconstitutional in the provision on inheritance between partners in registered same-sex civil partnerships as it does not permit inheritance between same-sex partners living in long-term cohabitation who have not registered a same-sex civil partnership.
The National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia adopted the Family Code at its session on 16 June 2011. The Family Code comprehensively regulates family law, including the legal relationships of same-sex partners. Such partners would have the right to enter civil partnerships with the same rights and obligations as heterosexual partners. Those who would not enter civil partnerships could live in a non-registered partnership (the same as an unmarried man and woman).
On 22 June 2011, the Civil Initiative for Family and the Rights of the Child submitted a request for a legislative referendum on the Family Code. It was held on 25 March 2012, when more than 50% of voters voted against the Family Code. Under the Referendum and Public Initiative Act, the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia may not adopt a law which is in conflict with the decision of the voters for one year after the declaration of the referendum decision.
In 2014, the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities drafted a Civil Partnership Act to regulate same-sex partnerships. Under its provisions, same-sex partners may marry since marriage is defined as a community of two persons, or they may live in an unregistered partnership. On 3 March 2015, the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia passed the Act Amending the previous Marriage and Family Relations Act.
In its decision from 22 October 2015 the Constitutional Court again gave the green light for a referendum. On 20 December 2015 Slovenian voters once again rejected the law that extended marriage rights to same-sex couples.
On 22 December 2015, following the 20 December 2015 referendum, independent deputy Jani Möderndorfer introduced the Same-sex partnership act. The act, which was endorsed by a Slovenian Parliament in a 54:15 vote, extends the legal consequences stemming from marriage to gay couples exept for adoptions and IVF. The latter two proved as the most controversial points in the legislation enacting full marriage equality, which was rejected in a referendum on 20 December 2015. The same-sex partnership act entered into force on 24 February 2017.
SiQRD http: http://www.ljudmila.org/siqrd/ll/
LEGEBITRA http: http://www.legebitra.si/en/
The City of Ljubljana actively supports LGBT rights
Rainbow Ljubljana: http://www.ljubljana.si/en/municipality/news/85286/detail.html
"Our Rights" in Australia
Mardi Gras - Creating Equality
EU Heads of Missions in Australia joined by Norway in support of Mardi Gras 2017
Embassy of Slovenia joins Slovenian community at Mardi Gras Parade
Radio interview at 2XX FM
Creating phase at the Embassy
Mardi Gras, Sydney, 4 March 2017
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