published: 17.10.2013, 18:40 | updated: 17.10.2013 18:59:24
Prague - Monika Simunkova resigned as Czech government human rights commissioner today, in reaction to her recent dismissal as director of the Government Office´s human rights section, she wrote in her letter of resignation addressed to Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok.
Simunkova was sacked from the latter position by the Government Office head Radek Augustin on Tuesday, after almost three years in the post.
Rusnok explained the decision by Simunkova´s bad work morals and incompetence as a team worker.
Simunkova, a lawyer by training, reacted saying that the official reasons of her dismissal were a mere pretext. The real reason is that the cabinet does not ascribe enough importance to human rights, she said.
In her letter to Rusnok she wrote that she could not continue her work as human rights commissioner effectively as this position is only vaguely embedded in the Government Office´s new organisational order.
Moreover, the commissioner´s position has lost its agenda and power after being separated from the post of the head of the Government Office´s relevant section.
"I spent several years intensively working in the human rights area, not only at the Government Office, and I don´t want to assist in the position of the commissioner in charge of this area being stripped of its agenda and thereby liquidated," Simunkova wrote.
She said she faced similar pressure under the previous cabinet already, but managed to avert them at the time.
Established in July, Rusnok´s interim government leads the country to the early general election due on October 25-26.
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