The Bureau of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) met from 1 to 3 November, to review developments and progress made since its last meeting in March 2017, and outline the way forward for the organization in 2018. 

Hosted in San José, Costa Rica, by the Defensoria de los Habitantes, the meeting brought together representatives of national human rights institutions (NHRIs) from all regions around the world, involving also representatives from partners from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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Second conference of the South East European equality bodies, organised in Zagreb on 30th October 2017 by the Ombudswoman for Gender Equality, Višnja Ljubičić, focused on „Challenges in collecting statistics on discrimination grounds“.

Deputy Ombudswoman Tena Šimonović Einwalter highlighted the necessity for collecting indicators of discrimination while informing the participants on variety of data which the Office of the Ombudswoman collects in order to objectively report to the Parliament and public on the occurrence of discrimination. She also presented the results of the Survey on the level of discrimination awareness, conducted in 2016 as one of methods for collecting quantitative data on discrimination occurrence as well.

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Croatian parliament has accepted the Ombudswoman’s 2016 Annual report on the state of human rights and discrimination in Croatia, which includes 220 recommendations for elimination of systemic shortcomings and irregularities. 98 MPs voted for the Report at the session held on 27th October 2017.

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National Preventive Mechanism paid an unannounced visit to the Zadar Prison from 25th until 28th October 2017. The purpose was to assess how human rights of persons deprived of liberty were respected, especially those relating to accommodation conditions, work organisation of the Treatment Department as well as treatment by judicial police. 

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