Slovenské národné centrum pre ľudské práva – The Slovak National Centre for Human Rights is based on an Agreement between the United Nations and the Government of the Slovak Republic and is engaged in activities relating to the promotion and protection of human rights in Slovakia including the rights of the child. It holds the Status National Human Rights Institution (NHRI). Since 2004 the Centre’s competences were extended to monitoring and reviewing the observance of the equal treatment principle. Centre is regarded as a national „equality body“ aimed at promotion of equal treatment and combating all forms of discrimination. The task of the Slovak National Centre for Human Rights Centre is to act in the field of human rights and fundamental freedoms including the rights of the child. In accordance with its mandate the Centre in particular: monitors and reviews the observance of human rights and the observance of the equal treatment principle under a separate law; collects and provides upon request information on racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism in the Slovak Republic; conducts research and surveys necessary for provision of information concerning human rights, and acquires and disseminates information in this field;
develops educational activities and takes part in information campaigns aimed at increasing tolerance of the society; renders legal assistance including mediation to victims of discrimination and manifestations of intolerance; prepares expert opinions concerning compliance with the principle of equal treatment upon request from natural persons or legal entities or on its own initiative, under a separate provision; carries out independent investigations concerning discrimination; draws up and releases reports and recommendations on discrimination matters provides library services; and provides services in the area of human rights. The Centre publishes yearly a report on the observance of human rights in the Slovak Republic, and since 2008 also a report on the observance of the rights of the child.
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