Split podrucni ured ulazCitizens of the South of Croatia welcomed with trust the opening of the Split Regional Office of the Ombudswoman of Croatia – the institution in charge of human rights protection and promotion and combatting discrimination. This can be gleaned from the fact that the Ombudswoman was contacted by a total of 54 citizens during the Split Office’s first week of operation.

„I am glad that the citizens of Dalmatia have given us their vote of confidence and have recognized in us an institution that can help them protect their human rights in many situations they have heretofore considered hopeless. Apart from their trust, their numbers speak of the need for our continuous presence in this part of the country in order for us to be more accessible to the citizens not living in the proximity of one of our other offices. That was our motivation for opening a third regional office, along with the existing ones in Rijeka and Osijek“, stated Ombudswoman Lora Vidović.

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Pravobraniteljica austrijski OmbudsmanOmbudswoman Lora Vidović met on October 4th and 5th in Vienna with Gertrude Brinek and Gunther Krauter, heads of the Austrian Ombudsman Board (AOB) and Ulrike Grieshofer, head of the AOB's International Department and executive director of the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI).

In the course of the working part of the meeting the ombudspersons presented the information regarding the authority and the competencies of the respective institutions they are heading, including the similarities and differences in the legislation regulating their institutions’ work. They shared information regarding the organization of their respective offices and the financial and human resources at their disposal.

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Tovarnik3In the weeks preceding the arrival of a large number of refugees to Croatia, Ombudswoman Lora Vidović started monitoring the events related to the current crisis. The Ombudswoman and her associates have been organized into several teams and have been paying daily and nightly visits to the most critical spots.

„It is still too early to make any general estimates, but from the very beginning we noticed a lack of information available to the refugees, the volunteers as well as the appropriate authorities. Regarding the problem, we reacted and are glad that the Government has, as we can see, accepted our recommendations.I would like to use this occasion to thank every police officer on the ground as they have been doing their jobs with the greatest level of professionalism and patience in extremely difficult conditions“, emphasized Vidović today on the occasion of the opening of the third Regional Office, this time in Split, which has made the Ombudswoman’s office even more accessible to the citizens of the South of Croatia seeking protection of their human rights or battling discrimination.

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