Lora ruralna podrucja ljudska pravaAlmost 2 million citizens of Croatia live in rural and semi-urban areas. The fact that they live at some distance from the urban centers often entails the inaccessibility of the basic public services, which leads to a lack of social security and can result in human rights violations. The risk of those violations is the highest for the most vulnerable social groups: the elderly, children, persons with disabilities and women.

In order to draw attention to the everyday problems of the citizens living in the rural areas, Ombudswoman Lora Vidović, the Ombudswoman for Gender Equality, Višnja Ljubičić, the Ombudswoman for Children, Ivana Milas Klarić and the Ombudswoman for Persons with Disabilities, Anka Slonjšak organized today in the Croatian Parliament a conference under the title „Far Away from the City – Far Away from the Rights? – Human Rights in Rural Areas“.

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Lora Vidović Ankara 1The efforts of the Office of the Ombudswoman aimed at the protection and the promotion of human rights have once again been validated at the international level. Ombudswoman Lora Vidović was elected as Chair of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) by the members of the Network at the General Assembly session held on December 1 in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

„I am extremely glad that our colleagues from other countries have recognized our work and have entrusted us with heading the network of more than 40 institutions from across Europe working jointly to achieve the same goal – protection and promotion of human rights,“ stated Ombudswoman Vidović after the vote. The activities of the Network include the efforts in the areas of economic and social rights, asylum and migrations, the rights of older persons, the rights of persons with disabilities, freedom of speech and many other human rights.

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Izbjeglice velesajamAccess to the asylum system must be provided for everyone, regardless of the country of their origin, says Ombudswoman Lora Vidović motivated by the announcements of further separations of persons on the basis of their citizenships at the borders of the refugee route. “The creation of a list of countries whose citizens, supposedly, do not need protection is contrary to the provisions of international and European law. This kind of a differentiation completely cancels out the concept of asylum, which is unacceptable, regardless of the demanding situation faced by the countries of transit, including Croatia,” explained Ombudswoman Vidović.

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