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Each fifth person in Croatia has been discriminated against at least once in the last five years, most frequently in labour, employment and health care. However, even 68% of them did not seek for help, considering that such situation would not change or that it would worsen. These are some of the results of the „Survey on Attitudes and Level of Awareness on Forms of Discrimination“, which the Office of the Ombudswoman has presented on 11 September 2017 in the European House.

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Citizens from the eastern part of Croatia, in the Vukovar-Srijem County, who feel that their human rights were violated or they were discriminated against, from August 30th until September 1st, 2017 had an opportunity to meet with the Ombudswoman Lora Vidović and submit complaints to her advisers.

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Draft Act on Ombudsman for Children does not allow an independent work of this institution, primarily because it envisages a dismissal of the Ombudsman in case of the rejection of the annual report. Furthermore, due to a formal narrative of the Constitutional Court decision regarding annulment of the previous Act, it remains unclear why the Draft Act stipulates that the government shall at latest within 90 days from entering into force of this Act, propose to the Croatian parliament a new Ombudsman for Children.

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People everywhere must be allowed to age with dignity and human rights, stressed the participants of the Eights session of the Open-Ended Working Group of Ageing (OEWG) that took place from 5 to 7 July 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The 8th Session was dedicated to abuse, neglect, violence and age discrimination.

„According to a global study carried out in 28 countries, in 2016, about one in six older persons experienced some form of abuse and estimates suggest that only one in five cases, abuse was actually reported. The reasons for which there is such a high level of unreported violence are multiple and complex, and we know that many victims don't report because they feel ashamed, powerless and fear reprisals, particularly when it comes to domestic violence“, Ombudswoman and Chair of European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) Lora Vidović stated in her speech. She added that national human rights institutions (NHRI) can see directly, through all segments of their works, how much still needs to be done for stronger protection of human rights of elderly, and therefore encourage the states to work towards a convention on the rights of the elderly.

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