Older persons should be soon granted stronger protection against domestic violence. Namely, they will be explicitly recognized as in need of particular protection within the Act on Protection against Domestic Violence for the first time, and any negligence towards them, like leaving a hardly mobile persons all day long alone or irregular nutrition, should become punishable.

This is only a part of changes which were accepted in the Final proposal of the Act on Protection against Domestic Violence, according to the suggestions made by the Ombudswoman Lora Vidović.

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Ombudsman’s institution, as an authorised central equality body in the Republic of Croatia has joined a public consultation on the National Plan for Combating Discrimination and Action Plan for its implementation for the period 2017 – 2019, by sending proposals for amendments. They include a list of obstacles faced by national minorities in employment and a statement on the importance of introduction of the civic education in the school curricula. They also include a reintroduction of the text regarding the school books content from the previous draft National Plan and designation of measures for child migrant’s participation in education.

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Croatia does not have a comprehensive migration and integration policy for all foreigners in the society, yet recently a possible step towards its creation was missed. Namely, only those with granted international protection were covered in the recently adopted integration measures, and there were only about 100 of them in 2016, stated the Ombudswoman Lora Vidović during the public debate on the Draft Action Plan for Integration of Persons Granted International Protection for the Period 2017 to 2019. And even though such a document is indeed welcomed since it could improve integration, it is in no way enough, said Ombudswoman Vidović.

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