Ombudswoman of Croatia and ENNHRI Chair Lora Vidović emphasised the relevance of the work of national human rights institutions (NHRI) in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) targets, at the fourth Annual seminar series on national human rights institutions, set to open dialogue on their role in conflict and fragile contexts and ephasize their contribution to peaceful, just and inclusive societies, as set by SDG16. The seminar took place at the United nations in New York 17 June 2016., and was hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI).

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Environmental impact assessment, the implementation of environmental protection measures, negative environmental factors influencing the citizens’ health, public participation in decision-making as regulated by the Aarhus Convention – these are the issues motivating a growing number of citizens to contact the Office of the Ombudswoman. This fact points to the need for a stronger public focus on these topics with the aim of both informing the public more thoroughly as well as encouraging discussion among the experts. With the aforementioned in mind, on 9 June 2016 in the House of Europe in Zagreb Ombudswoman Lora Vidović is organizing an expert meeting titled “The Right to a Healthy Living and the Preconditions for a Healthy Environment”.

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27 April 2016 marked the centenary of the entry into force of the Act on the Recognition of Islamic Faith in the Kingdom of Croatia and Slavonia – a document granting Islam a status equal to that of the other religious denominations in Croatia.

The Islamic community in Croatia has contributed significantly to the development of the interfaith dialogue and tolerance in the country and represents an important segment of religious and cultural pluralism, thus contributing to the prosperity of the society as a whole.

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