BRATISLAVA – Ombuswoman fails to get support in parliament

After Slovakia’s ombudswoman, Mária Patakyová, presented her annual report of the Office of the Public Defender of Rights before the country’s parliament, only 34 MPs voted for the motion to formally acknowledge the report, while 50 voted against and 46 abstained.

Half of the leading government party, Ordinary People (OĽaNO), voted against the report, while the entire coalition party, We are Family, as well as neo-fascist opposition party L’SNS, voted against. Many MPs decided to reject the report as it included passages on women’s reproductive rights and LGBTI rights.

However, the Freedom and Solidarity party and For the People party, who are both part of the coalition, voted in favour.

During the report’s presentation, President Zuzana Čaputová attended the parliament session, a move which was seen as a reaction to previous incidents where MPs hadn’t bothered to show up when the Office of the Public Defender of Rights introduced reports.

While this time attendance was higher due to the president’s presence, it was the first time the report wasn’t adopted since 2014. (Zuzana Gabrižová |

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