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Report of the UPR Working Group on Slovakia
September 23, 2009

U.S. Statement for HRC Item 6 – Consideration of UPR Reports

As prepared (not delivered in plenary)

Thank you, Mr. President.

The United States notes positively that the government of Slovakia is dealing swiftly and seriously with the case of police officers involved in the abuse of Romani minors in Kosice. Police mistreatment of the Roma during arrest and while in custody has been noted by the United States as an ongoing human rights problem and we welcome efforts by the government of Slovakia to implement human rights training programs for officers throughout law enforcement agencies.

In keeping with Slovakia’s constitution which guarantees freedom of expression, the United States recommends that the Government of Slovakia work with the OSCE to implement its recommendations to address concerns about the limits that the media law places on freedom of expression.

Thank you, Mr. President.