Non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
Most organisations working with human rights are private non-profit initiatives. Each usually specializes in protecting specific groups in society and advocating for the rights that are relevant to those groups. They can often help with legal advice and provide practical, social or psychological support to victims of human rights related violations. These organisations are often also involved in raising public awareness, defending rights and advocating policies, providing legal aid or other support, and monitoring and research activities. In Slovakia, there a number of NGOs working directly or indirectly with human rights. In this Guide we are focusing primarily on those NGOs that deal also with individual cases and that provide individual legal assistance.
There are also several state agencies that deal directly or indirectly with human rights in different areas, such as children’s rights, data protection, health, employment etc. These agencies can be consulted for a variety of reasons and may offer consultations or legal aid, as well as examine complaints from individuals. However, they cannot officially establish whether your human rights were violated.
Therefore, these agencies should not be confused with official human rights institutions the sole aim of which is to establish whether your human rights have been violated. The only exception is the Ombudsman, who can help you to understand your rights and also formally establish that there has been a human rights violation.
About this Guide
This Guide introduces different organisations that operate in Slovakia and work with human rights. The Guide explains how these organisations can help you in situations related to possible human rights violations. It will also provide general information about their activities and their contact details.
Please note that new organisations may be added over time.