Izjava RS v interaktivnem dialogu z neodvisno strokovnjakinjo za vprašanje pravic manjšin
Sixteenth Session of the Human Rights Council
Interactive dialogue with the independent expert on minority issues, Ms Gay McDougall
Intervention by the Republic of Slovenia
Slovenia associates itself with the statement made on behalf of the EU.
First of all, we would like to thank you, Ms Gay McDougall, for you intensive and successful work for the implementation of the 1992 Declaration on Minorities, the 10 years jubilee of which will be celebrated next year, and should be adequately commemorated in the UNGA and in this Council.
We further commend you for your comprehensive report, focusing on the role of protection of minority rights in conflict prevention.
You mention in your report that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has established a specific mechanism to address conflicts involving minorities in Member States, the High Commissioner on National Minorities, which acts as an early warning and early action mechanism. You also state that the High Commissioner has developed a number of guidelines to help national and international actors to address potential conflict situations. In this regard, we would like to mention the Bolzano/Bozen recommendations on National Minorities in Inter-State relations, which comprehensively address the issue of national minorities in the context of interstate relations. The Bolzano/Bozen recommendations are a set of practical instructions on how countries should act in relation to their national minorities in neighboring States. The recommendations are based on the experience of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities as well as on various international instruments and standards. They are aimed at preventing interstate conflicts concerning national minority issues.
We are of the opinion that Bolzano/Bozen recommendations should be promoted also throughout other geographic regions, outside the OSCE area.
Finally, we would like to express our expectation that all countries, especially HRC Member States and candidates for the HRC membership, will positively respond to your request for country visits, and in doing so show their willingness for cooperation with Council mechanisms in compliance with point 9 of the UNGA resolution 60/251.
Thank you, Mr. President