This is one of many recommendations in the Universal Periodic Report for Macedonia from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations, launched on 30 January 2014.
The office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the United Nations, on January 30, 2014, presented the Universal Periodic Report of the Republic of Macedonia which refers to the human rights situation in the country. In the short summary of the report the achievements that Macedonia has made in the area of human rights and critical areas are given, but also recommendations which the country will soon have to make if it wants to improve the image of human rights.
The positive accomplishments are that the legislative for protection of citizens from all form of discrimination is improving, which can be seen with the adoption of the Law for prevention and protection against discrimination. The reforms enabled the strengthening of the independence of the judiciary. The role of the Ombudsman was strengthened, as well as his credentials to the International Coordination Committee of National Institutions for Human Rights, the Ohrid Framework Agreement, as an important tool for managing and improving interethnic relations, the ratification of the Election Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Covenant on the Rights of Persons with disabilities and its election Protocol, as well as the efforts made to indicate gender inequality and the increased participation of women in decision-making.
The questions and areas for which the discussion was raised are: freedom of speech and media freedom, protection of LGBT people from discrimination and intolerance, issues related with the Roma and discrimination against ethnic minorities, inappropriate behavior and overcrowding in prisons, child labor, sexual exploitation, children abuse and gender equality.
The recommendations for the Republic of Macedonia are: to continue to provide the independence of the media and to start a dialogue with media representative in order to reach an agreement for the open issues and to create conditions for independent work on various media; to undertake appropriate measures for protection of the LGBT people from discrimination and to end the violence and intimidation against them; to provide working conditions for the Ombudsman according to the Paris Principles; to take effective measures so that the detention will meet international standards, especially regarding the prison overcrowding and to prevent violence in them; to bring adequate measures for the improvement of the quality education for children – members of minority groups; to enforce the efforts for fight against human trafficking, and in the meantime to provide an adequate legal remedy for the victims; to develop an access do a basic healthcare protection and healthcare services for all children, especially for Roma children; to enforce the rights of the Roma; to ensure gender equality; to enforce the Commission for protection against discrimination; to undertake appropriate measures to eliminate child labor; to continue to improve the conditions of the migrants and asylum seekers.
This was the second session on which the report was presented. A ten member delegation from the Republic of Macedonia was present, led by Igor Dzunev – director of the Sector for Multilateral Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The National Roma Centrum was present on the session for the presentation of the Universal Periodic Review – UPR, on which NGOs from presented the situation regarding human rights in front of the permanent foreign diplomatic missions in Geneva, Switzerland. The session was held on November 29, 2013, in the United Nations. Aleksandar Danailov, who is a part of the team from the project “From increased voice to the improved health care access”, was NRC’s representative in Geneva.
Marija Gelevska, deputy executive director and coordinator for monitoring the human rights and the provision of legal and psychological help at ESE (Association for Emancipation, Solidarity and Equality of Women the Republic of Macedonia), presented the human rights situation in the country, referring to health rights, particularly healthcare rights of the Roma. (http://www.ednomagazine.com/zdravstveni-prava/zdravstvenite-neednakvosti-prezentirani-vo-zeneva).