We have to fight discrimination primarily through education, especially of younger children, but also all stakeholders involved have to play their roles: state bodies, NGOs, media, and citizens as well, said Deputy Ombudswoman Tena Šimonović Einwalter at the round table discussion during the Festival of Tolerance, taking place from 8 – 14 April 2018. in Zagreb.

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Ombudswoman Lora Vidović has submitted 2017 Report to the Croatian parliament. As the most important working tool of the institution, it contains the analysis and human rights assessment in Croatia for the last year as well as 231 recommendations for elimination of systemic problems.

In 2017 citizens continued encountering almost the same problems as in earlier years. A fifth of them lives in the risk of poverty, which is many times more frequent in rural areas. At the same time, the social subsidies do not cover basic living needs. The system of debt enforcements is still neither efficient nor fair, since it generates additional debts to debtors, and makes more difficult for creditors to collect their claims.

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