Treatment of migrants in South-East Europe, countering racism, xenophobia and hate crimes against migrants was in focus of OSCE/ODIHR event in Zagreb, organised in cooperation with the Office of the Ombudswoman on 16-17 April 2019 with 45 participants from ten OSCE participating States, included representatives of national governments, local authorities, national and international civil society organizations and migrant communities.

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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.

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Ten years ago, on 2 July 2008, the European Commission proposed a new anti-discrimination directive known as the Equal Treatment Directive or Horizontal Directive. But ten years late, it has yet to be adopted by the Council of the European Union. Tena Šimonović Einwalter, Equinet Chair and Deputy Ombudswoman, and Birgit Van Hout, the regional representative for Europe of the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR), in an opinion column for Euractiv, say the proposed directive would expand protection throughout the EU against discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, religion or belief and sexual orientation, to the areas of social protection, healthcare, education, housing and access to goods and services. At present, these four grounds are only covered when it comes to employment and vocational training.

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