• Relativisation of the Ustasha crimes violates the fundamental values of the Constitution, with a lack of reaction opening room to hatred

    Condemnation of fascism, in Croatia inaugurated in the form of the Ustasha regime of the Independent State of Croatia (ISC), a puppet state created under the aegis of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy, is a fundamental value of the modern democratic world, with particular recognition given to anti-fascist struggle in those countries that once found themselves under fascist rule, including Croatia. According to the historical foundations of the Croatian Constitution, which not only carry immense symbolic and political significance and include the legal grounds, goals, purpose and basic values of the state and society, but are also important for understanding and interpreting the Constitution, in the course of the Second World War the Croatian national sovereignty manifested itself in decisions of the Territorial Anti-Fascist Council of the National Liberation of Croatia (Cro. Zemaljsko antifašističko vijeće narodnog oslobođenja Hrvatske, ZAVNOH), and in opposition to the proclamation of ISC.

  • International Human Rights Day: It is important to fight for rights, including the rights of others!

    On December 10th the world is celebrating the Human Rights Day and this year also the 70th anniversary of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This document represents a civilizational step forward, when numerous countries within the UN decided to prevent the repetition of atrocities that happened during the World War II, that demonstrated what is one human being capable of doing to other human being.

    According to the Universal Declaration, the human rights are the basis of freedom and justice in the world as well as the path to freedom of fear and freedom of poverty.

  • The Ombudswoman Report on Human Rights for 2017 now available in English

    The report of the Ombudswoman on the human rights situation in Croatia in 2017 in now availeble in English and can be downloaded here. It contains the analysis and human rights assessment for the last year as well as 231 recommendations for elimination of systemic problems.

    It shows that citizens continued encountering almost the same problems as in earlier years. A fifth of them lives in the risk of poverty, which is many times more frequent in rural areas. At the same time, the social subsidies do not cover basic living needs. The system of debt enforcements is still neither efficient nor fair, since it generates additional debts to debtors, and makes more difficult for creditors to collect their claims.

  • Human rights of migrants: complaints regarding police treatment still not investigated

    Although the Ombudswoman Lora Vidović has repeatedly warned on migrants’ complaints on police violence, she has not yet received the answer from neither the Ministry of Interior nor from the Chief State Attorney’s Office (DORH) about undertaken efficient investigations which should confirm or deny the allegations. This was reported to the Parliamentary Committee on Human and National Minority Rights at the thematic session held on 18th October 2018.

    Thus it is still not known why parts of thermal cameras video are missing, one of the examples being a part shot at the exact time of the alleged incident reported to Ombudswoman, even though the video just before and just after it is recorded. The police claimed the electricity went out exactly at the time of the alleged incident, but the Ministry of Interior has not answered the question as to whether they have informed and whom, on the power supply failure. Also, since all events are noted in the registry of the thermal and camera system, in case the video was erased, there should be a log containing the name of the person that erased the video, and probably an official memo on who has ordered it.

  • CPT publishes report on periodic visit to Croatia

    The report reviews the treatment of persons detained by the police, the situation of prisoners held in three county prisons (ie Zagreb, Split and Osijek) and the Zagreb Prison Hospital, as well as the treatment of juveniles deprived of their liberty under criminal legislation. The situation of involuntary psychiatric patients is examined in the light of the recently adopted mental health legislation at different psychiatric establishments.