National conference on Anti-Discrimination Act ´´Are we combating discrimination? Application of Anti-Discrimination Act´´ was held on Tuesday, December 2nd 2014, at Hotel Dubrovnik in Zagreb. The conference was organized by the Office of the Ombudsman within a project called „Development of the National Plan to Combat Discrimination“, done in partnership with the Government Office for Human Rights and Rights of National Minorities.

The conference 

was held with the purpose of considering and analyzing the application of Anti-Discrimination Act during the past period and it gathered experts in the field of combating discrimination: judges, lawyers, r

The conference took place in four thematic sessions which succeeded welcoming speeches by the Ombudswoman, Ms. Lora Vidović, the Head of Government Office for Human Rights and Rights of National Minorities, Mr. Branko Sočanac, Deputy Minister of Justice, Ms. Sandra Artuković Kunšt and the President of the Supreme Court, Mr. Branko Hrvatin. The cover topics were addressed by experts, representatives of institutions deeply involved in the implementation of the Act, i.e. agents who, along with the direct application of the Act, are dealing with anti-discrimination by raising public awareness about discrimination as legally forbidden conduct and by activism.epresentatives of independent and government bodies, civil society organizations and academia.

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The Secretary-General’s nomination of Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, currently the Permanent Representative of Jordan to the United Nations in New York, for a four-year term as High Commissioner for Human Rights, was approved unanimously by the UN General Assembly on June 16, 2014. With this approval, Jordanian Prince Zeid al-Hussein, a cousin of Jordanian King Abdullah II, became the first Muslim and Arab to hold the post.

Zeid al-Hussein is a top diplomat and at present he is Jordan’s permanent representative to the United Nations. Previously, he has served as Jordan’s ambassador to the United States and Mexico. He also played a key role in establishment of International Criminal Court (ICC). He was a political affairs officer at UNPROFOR, the UN peacekeeping mission in the former Yugoslavia during the war conflict.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on June warmly welcomed the UN General Assembly’s appointment of Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein to succeed her when Pillay’s mandate comes to an end on 31 August 2014.

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