Combating racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance, including Anti-Semitism, commemorating the Holocaust
The Slovak Republic is proactive in the UN, OSCE or Council of Europe. Fight against racism, xenophobia and discrimination is one of the priorities of the Slovak Republic in the field of human rights protection. Slovakia was also involved in this area during its membership in the HRC (2018 – 2020) and perceives its importance in connection with its candidacy for the UN Economic and Social Council for the years 2023 – 2025.
In June 2020 the Slovak Republic supported an urgent HRC debate on racially motivated human rights violations, police brutality and the violence against peaceful protesters.
The Slovak Republic, together with more than 150 countries, commemorated the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on the Human Rights Council on March 2021. The joint statement states that countering racism and racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance, and tackling racial inequality, are challenges faced by every State, which can be overcome through solidarity and cooperation.
In February 2019, the Slovak OSCE Presidency organized in Bratislava a High-Level Conference on Combating Anti-Semitism in the OSCE Region. The Slovak Republic is a co-author of Joint Statement on the Fight against Anti-Semitism at the HRC in June 2018. The Slovak Republic supported an event on the fight against Anti-Semitism in Europe, which took place in December 2018 in Geneva, and the high-level segment on Anti-Semitism at the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, on November 17, 2020 in New York. The exhibition "David Unreich, The Champion who Challenged Hitler " recalled the human tragedies caused by Anti-Semitism and racial discrimination and emphasized the role of each individual in combating the growing trend of hate speech. The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic organised the exhibition in Bratislava, Geneva and New York in 2019.
Since 2005 the Slovak Republic is a permanent member of the International Alliance for Holocaust Remembrance (IHRA) and actively participates in an international project to restore the place of memory in the former Nazi extermination camp Sobibor, in which a large number of Slovak Jews died. IHRA is a group of countries that focuses on international cooperation in Holocaust education, research and preservation, but also on the topic of Roma genocide, the fight against Anti-Semitism, and the denial and distortion of the Holocaust. The coalition currently has 35 members.
The Slovak Republic also pays attention to other human rights issues: for example, women's rights, children's rights, the rights of people with disabilities, support for civil society and human rights defenders, and the respect for fundamental principles of democratic society and the rule of law. For example, in September 2020 Minister I. Korčok spoke in the urgent HRC debate on the human rights situation in Belarus concerning the rigged presidential elections in August 2020 the Slovak Republic supported. This debate was hold upon request of the European Union including Slovakia. For the period of its membership in the HRC (2018-2020), the Slovak Republic has spoken in several discussions organised with UN High Commissioners for Human Rights and UN Special Rapporteurs on selected topics and countries (e.g. freedom of religion, children's rights - the fight against trafficking and violence against children, the right to education, freedom of assembly, racism, Belarus).