Czech Republic’s chairmanship: protecting human rights of vulnerable people; strengthening the rule of law

Addressing the Standing Committee in Prague today, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek gave a detailed overview of the country’s priorities for its chairmanship of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, namely “the protection of human rights of vulnerable people and persons belonging to disadvantaged groups”, as well as “strengthening the rule of law” and promoting efficient human rights protection mechanisms. Supporting local democracy and public administration reforms, and human rights education will also feature as priority lines of action.

In this context, the Czech chairmanship plans to hold several conferences, with particular emphasis on promoting gender equality, protecting migrant children, as well as the rights of minorities and marginalized groups, such as Roma.

“We are fully determined to work relentlessly in the next six months in close co-operation with the member States, the Secretary General and the Parliamentary Assembly to further promote and enhance the common values and objectives of the Council of Europe,” Mr Zaorálek said.