Minister Fajon: "Peace can only be achieved through respect for human rights"
At the 52nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Tanja Fajon stressed that Slovenia will always stand for respect for international law, human rights, multilateralism and solidarity. She also participated in the High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen, where she announced Slovenia's humanitarian contribution of EUR 300,000.
"We are meeting in the shadow of the devastating earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria, a brutal war in Ukraine and many other humanitarian tragedies, conflicts and human rights violations around the globe. Now is the time to recommit to the UN Charter and international law, to join forces to protect human lives and dignity, and to stand together in solidarity. The need for multilateralism, dialogue and cooperation is greater than ever before. And this is what will guide Slovenia's actions if elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council later this year," Minister Fajon said in her address at the UN Human Rights Council session.
Minister Fajon also recalled the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 30th anniversary of the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna, which paved the way for the establishment of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. She drew attention to the worrying human rights situation in the world, especially for women and girls in Iran, Afghanistan and Ukraine, and stressed that the 75th anniversary of the most important human rights document was an opportunity to remember that peace and prosperity can only be achieved through respect for human rights. She went on to note that within the United Nations (UN) and other international organisations Slovenia is recognised and respected as an ardent defender of the rights of women, the elderly and children, as well as of the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment.
At the High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen held on the margins of the Human Rights Council, Minister Fajon drew attention to the great humanitarian needs in Yemen. As humanitarian aid is still not reaching all those in need, Slovenia will double its humanitarian aid to Yemen from 2023 to 2025 compared to previous years. This means that it will provide €300,000 in humanitarian aid to Yemen through the International Committee of the Red Cross. She also called for strict compliance with international humanitarian law. The event was organised by UN Secretary-General António Guterres in cooperation with the Foreign Ministers of Switzerland and Sweden.
Minister Fajon also spoke at a side event on the right to a healthy, clean and sustainable environment, co-organised by Slovenia. "We have made great progress by recognising the universal right to a healthy, clean and sustainable environment. We must ensure that this right does not remain a dead letter, but that it marks the start of a safer future for all. I can assure you that Slovenia will continue to play an active role in promoting and implementing this right. The environment and human rights are our priorities, both in national and multilateral forums," said Ms Fajon.
She also participated in the commemoration of the one-year anniversary of the Russian aggression against Ukraine and its humanitarian consequences. She said that Slovenia had opened its doors to thousands of Ukrainian refugees and that Slovenian projects were aimed at providing rehabilitation for survivors, assisting refugees in Moldova and Poland, and rebuilding civilian infrastructure.
On the margins of the meeting, she also met with the Foreign Ministers of Palestine and Senegal.