Slovenija posjet pravobraniteljice slovenskoj pravobraniteljiciDuring their one-day visit to the Office of the Ombudswoman of Slovenia Vlasta Nussdorfer in Ljubljana on October 7th, Ombudswoman of Croatia Lora Vidović and deputies Lidija Lukina Kezić and Mario Krešić presented the activities and achievements in the fields of promotion and protection of human rights and combating discrimination in our country. Croatian delegation was met by Ombudswoman Nussdorfer and her deputies Kornelija Marzel, Jernej Rovšek, Tone Dolčič and Ivan Šelih. The delegations exchanged the information regarding the work and organization of their respective institutions, as well as the experience, knowledge and important information related to their areas of work.

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Split otvorenje Podrunog ureda 2Ombudswoman Lora Vidović opened today the new Regional Office in Split, making thus the institution more accessible to the citizens residing in the South of the country. „The distance between people's location of residence from one of our offices is the reason why the citizens often decide not to seek the protection of their rights. This fact can best be backed up by our last years’ experience from the towns of Osijek and Rijeka, where more than 350 citizens contacted us in less than a month since the opening of our Regional Offices in these cities. Thus, it makes me feel very happy and proud that now it will be a lot easier for the citizens from this part of the country to contact our Office,“ said Ombudswoman Vidović.

Issues related to health and social care, municipal services, employment relations, conduct of police officers, as well as discrimination, the rights of national minorities and the rights of the persons deprived of liberty are just some of the reasons that motivated more than two and a half thousand citizens to contact Ombudswoman Vidović in the course of the last year alone. One can contact the Ombudswoman both in the written form as well as in person and the latter has now become significantly easier for the citizens of both the Splitsko-Dalmatinska as well as the neighboring Zadar, Šibensko-Kninska and the Dubrovačko-Neretvanska County.

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Ankara 1 1024x683At the Third Annual Symposium of the Ombudspersons held in Ankara on the 16th and 17th September 2015, Ombudswoman Lora Vidović delivered a presentation of the work of the office she is heading as well as the mandates entrusted to her, with an emphasis on the ENHRI mandate of the national institution for the protection of human rights.

In the presentation to her colleagues from other countries of Europe, Asia and Africa the Ombudswoman spoke about the development of the institution since its inception in 1992, including an overview of the human and financial resources as well as the trends in the number of the citizens' complaints. The Ombudswoman introduced the attendees with the fact that the institution she is representing is the only institution in Croatia holding Status A with the UN's International Coordinating Committee in accordance with the Paris principles, which points to the fact that it fulfills the highest international standards of independence in conducting its work.

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