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Widespread deprivation is destroying Roma lives - families are living excluded from society in shocking conditions, while children with little education face bleak prospects for the future, a new report from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) shows. The report, published on 29 November 2016, analyses the gaps in Roma inclusion around the EU to guide Member States seeking to improve their integration policies.

The survey shows data for 8 countries, with those for Croatia being in accordance with the state of human rights and discrimination of Roma minority described in the Annual report of the Ombudswoman of Croatia. 

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The European Commission announced October 17 2016 in Dublin journalists from Croatia, Germany and Splain as the winners of the European Journalist Awards on Diversity.

European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said: "This is an era in which we all have to make an extra effort to understand each other, see the world through the eyes of one's neighbour or far-relative in order to combat fear or even hatred between peoples. Journalists offer us that essential opportunity to do so through their words and stories about people like us."

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Equality Bodies from across Europe, members of Equinet, as well as partner organisations and other stakeholders, met on 29 and 30 September in Brussels to discuss Equinet’s work on standards for equality bodies.

The Ombudswoman of Croatia and European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) Chair Lora Vidović participated in a panel on ‘Strengthening equality bodies within the institutional architecture’, along with the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) Director Michael O'Flaherty, MEP Ulrike Lunaček and ECRI representative Stefano Valenti. Vidović presented ENNHRI's work, including the ongoing cooperation between Equality Bodies and National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and their respective networks.

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