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Slovakia: Lack of funding in the activities against intolerance

Amid criticism of Prime Minister Robert Fico’s statements about refugees that were labelled cynical and possibly even criminal, the cabinet passed two documents combating discrimination and intolerance on 13 January 2016. Though the plans could be beneficial, the lack of a clear financing mechanism will make them difficult to implement, human rights watchdog groups say. 

The two plans - action plan on preventing all forms of discrimination and action plan to prevent racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and other forms of intolerance - were passed based on the nationwide Human Rights Protection Strategy that was adopted a year ago. The Committee for the Prevention and Elimination of Racism, Xenophobia, Anti-Semitism, and Other Forms of Intolerance which drafted the second plan will act as the control body to oversee the implementation of measures outlined in the document. NGOs which are members of the committee welcome the cabinet’s approval of the action plan although the adopted document is a reduced version of the original draft, due to a lack of personnel capacities and limited assigned finances.

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