Office of the Ombudswoman of Croatia hosted the ENNHRI Annual General Assembly in Zagreb on 27 and 28 October 2016., which offered a unique opportunity for members and ENNHRI partners to discuss the Network's progress during the past year, agree on future activities and debate several thematic issues of great relevance. The event included a seminar on human rights and counter-terrorism.

“I am honoured to be hosting ENNHRI members from 35 countries here in Zagreb, as well as our valued partners from UN Bodies, European human rights mechanisms and networks, and NGOs. Our discussions on topics such as economic and social rights, sustainable development goals or asylum and migration, resulted not only in further strengthening thematic cooperation within ENNHRI, but also members’ capacities and knowledge. Both are of crucial importance during the challenging times that Europe continues to face, amid the economic and refugee crisis as well as security concerns“, said Ombudswoman of Croatia and ENNHRI Chair Lora Vidović.

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On the occasion of ENNHRI’s General Assembly, NHRIs from across Europe underlined the Commissioner for Human Rights’ independence and its respected work to promote and protect human rights, in line with the UN Paris Principles and the Polish Constitution. They expressed their deep concern that recent developments in Poland could negatively impact on the Commissioner for Human Rights’ vital role to promote and protect human rights in Poland.

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Main findings of the Croatian National Report, a part of ENNHRI project on human rights of older persons and long term care, were presented on October 5th 2016 to stakeholders in Zadar, one of the largest cities in the south of Croatia. The presentation gathered staff from the homes for the elderly, representatives of local and regional autonomy, non-governmental organizations and of educational system.

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