Ombudswoman of Croatia and ENNHRI Chair Lora Vidović presented the main findings of the ENNHRI's Older Persons Project to several MEPs and representatives of other EU institutions during the event "Towards a UN Convention on the rights of older persons?" at the EU Parliament on 28 September 2016.

Institutions from six countries participated in the 18 month long research on human rights of older persons in the long-term care, which included a review of national legislation and policies and visits to care homes with interviews with older persons and stakeholders. It will result in recommendations to help improve the human rights situation of older persons in or seeking long-term care in Europe.

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Treating an individual differently solely because of their race, skin color, language, religion, national origin or ethnicity can represent racial discrimination. It often results from prejudice – a belief that it is justified to harbor contempt towards a person or a group possessing a certain characteristic. No society is free from prejudice and all of them need to fight against it in order to achieve equality and acceptance of differences.

To point to the dangerous effects of racism the United Nations proclaimed 21 March the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The date was chosen in memory of the 69 persons killed in 1960 in South Africa by the police during a peaceful protest against racist laws and the apartheid.

International organizations monitor the incidence of racism around the world, including Croatia. According to the reports published by the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) and the UN’s Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), returnees, members of the Serb and Roma minorities, refugees and asylum seekers are the most vulnerable groups in Croatia and most often the targets of prejudice. The Ombudswoman’s annual report to the Croatian Parliament identifies the same groups as the most frequent victims of discrimination.

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OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Astrid Thors met on 10 May 2016 in Zagreb with Ombudswoman Lora Vidović and Deputy Ombudswoman Tena Šimonović Einwalter to discuss the current state of the rights of national minorities and discrimination on the grounds of nationality in Croatia.

High Commissioner Thors was especially interested in the legal framing and the implementation of the national minorities’ right to use their language and script, as well as the state of their rights in the area of employment.

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