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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“Croatia has substantially improved its human rights law and practice in the last years. However, some recent developments put at serious risk these achievements” said Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, while releasing today a report based on his visit to the country carried out last April.

The Commissioner is concerned about the recent regression of inter-state co-operation in the region on the prosecution of wartime crimes committed during the 1990s. “It is worrying to see the persistence of impunity in Croatia for certain serious human rights violations committed in the past. The authorities should put an end to this, and effectively prosecute, try and sanction the perpetrators of wartime crimes”.

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They often live in isolated settlements, away from the majority population, marginalized and at risk for poverty. 50 percent of their households lack toilets and are not connected to the public water supply system. This is the everyday reality of many Croatian Roma – national minority whose members still suffer violations of their rights and are often subjected to discrimination. At the EU level, where they are the largest national minority group, approximately 6 million Roma people live in similarly unacceptable conditions, experiencing social exclusion.

Starting with the first World Roma Congress held in 1990 World Roma Day is marked annually with the aim of raising public awareness of the numerous issues affecting the Roma community and contributing to the elimination of prejudice and stereotypes its members are faced with.

With the same goals in mind, the Ombudswoman of the Republic of Croatia regularly suggests concrete measures, such as the legalization of the houses built without a permit as well as the regulation of the status of the so-called “legally invisible persons”, many of which are members of the Roma community.

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