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Torture by Police, Forced Disappearance

& Other Ill Treatment

In the early years of the 21st Century                                                  

Slovak Republic (Slovakia)

Slovakia has made significant economic reforms since its separation from the Czech Republic in 1993. Reforms to the taxation, healthcare, pension, and social welfare systems helped

Slovakia's economic growth exceeded expectations in 2001-08 despite the general European slowdown. Unemployment, at an unacceptable 18% in 2003-04, dropped to 8.4% in 2008 but remains the economy's Achilles heel.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

Description: Description: Slovakia

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The state of the world's human rights

Amnesty International AI, Annual Report 2013

[accessed 9 Feb 2014]

ENFORCED STERILIZATION OF ROMANI WOMEN - The European Court issued two further judgements in cases of forced sterilizations of Romani girls and women in the early 2000s. It held that sterilizations without full and informed consent amounted to a violation of the women’s right not to be subjected to inhuman or degrading treatment, as well as a violation of their right to respect for private and family life.

Following the judgements, the NGO Centre for Civil and Human Rights (Poradňa) criticized the government for failing to investigate all the alleged cases of enforced sterilizations and to apologize and offer compensation to all victims.

Human Rights Reports » 2005 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 8, 2006

[accessed 12 February 2013]

TORTURE AND OTHER CRUEL, INHUMAN, OR DEGRADING TREATMENT OR PUNISHMENT – The law prohibits such practices, and in contrast to previous years, there were no reports that government officials employed them.

Freedom House Country Report - Political Rights: 1   Civil Liberties: 1   Status: Free

2009 Edition

[accessed 12 February 2013]

The constitution provides for an independent judiciary and a Constitutional Court. An independent Judicial Council oversees the assignment and transfer of judges. The European Commission has noted the perception of a high level of corruption in the Slovak courts and expressed concern over the judiciary’s perceived lack of impartiality. Corruption and a significant backlog of cases have raised questions about the judicial system’s capacity to function at EU levels.

Conclusions and recommendations of the Committee against Torture

U.N. Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment  -- Doc. A/56/44, paras. 99-105 (2001)

[accessed 5 March 2013]

D. Subjects of concern

104. The Committee expresses concern about the following:

(a) The lack of specificity in the Criminal Code of the State party about the purposes of any act of torture, as defined in article 1 of the Convention;

(b) Exceptions to the guarantees of article 3 regarding the return of persons at risk of torture, in contradiction to the absolute prohibition of article 3;

(c) Allegations of instances of police participation in attacks on Roma and other members of the population, as well as allegations of inaction by police and law-enforcement officials who fail to provide adequate protection against racially motivated attacks when such groups have been threatened by "skinheads" or other extremist groups;

(d) Failure on the part of the authorities to carry out prompt, impartial and thorough investigations into allegations of such acts or to prosecute and punish those responsible;

(e) Allegations that law-enforcement officials have ill-treated detainees during detention and in police custody, particularly in lock-ups and police cells;

(f) Allegations of harassment of human rights defenders as well as threats, reportedly to deter submission of complaints, which are allegedly not adequately investigated;

(g) The lack of adequate guarantees of the rights of persons deprived of liberty to have access to counsel and a doctor of their choice, as well as prompt medical examinations.

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Torture in  [the Slovak Republic]  [other countries]
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