Ljubljana-Human Rights Ombudsman Peter Svetina met Andreas I. Potakis, the Greek counterpart who heads the European division of the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI), as part of his visit to Slovenia. Svetina’s office said in a press release Wednesday that Potakis was also accepted by President Borut Pahor.
Svetina and Pottakis discussed the role of human rights and the issue of encouraging people to seek help in terms of the war in Ukraine and the Pandemic of Covid.
Recent events, especially the Russian invasion in Ukraine and the Covid-19 pandemic, have never given respect for human rights, and peace, democracy, the rule of law and human rights must be continuously defended. Svetina emphasized that.
Meanwhile, Mr. Potakis said the ombudsman institution is a respected partner in the international environment, sovereignly cooperating and sharing its experiences and practices with other ombudsman institutions.
The Greek Human Rights Ombudsman said this was confirmed by Svetina’s unanimous elections as one of Europe’s seven IOI directors, according to Svetina’s office.
Svetina was elected to the IOI Board of Directors in December 2021. At that time, his office stated that one of his priorities in his new role was the strengthening of activities at the international level.
Today, Svetina and Pottakis emphasized the importance of all institutions operating in accordance with international human rights standards and the importance of strengthening the ombudsman’s position at the national and international levels.
Potakis was also received by President Boltpahor on Monday, attended by Svetina, while the Nafplion Group was holding a meeting beside his visit.
This group was formed under the leadership of Pottakis and several other peer agencies, or the National Prevention Mechanisms of the Council of Europe member states.
The conference focused on the challenges of monitoring rufurment within Frontex and encouraged a humane approach to all people in all disciplines, the release said.
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