High level representatives from international organizations and specialized agencies, Ombudsman and Mediator institutions, as well as representatives from governmental authorities, the diplomatic community and the civil society gathered on 7th September in Tirana, Albania, at the two day conference “Challenges for Ombudsman Institutions with respect to mixed migratory flows”. The objective of the conference was to generate a common response to the situation of people in need of international protection.

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Public Defender of Rights of the Czech Republic Ana Šabatova and her associates met on 23-24 May 2016 in Zagreb with the Ombudswoman Lora Vidović. Ombudswoman Vidović familiarized the guests with the work of the Office, its mandates as well as the main points of the 2015 annual report. The guests met with the Deputy Ombudspersons and the advisors to the Ombudswoman to discuss particular issues falling within the mandates of the Office's departments, the manner in which the complaints submitted to the Office are handled, as well as the similarities and differences in the work of the two institutions.

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National human rights institutions (NHRIs) play a key role in the protection of the human rights of the citizens. In the performance of their work they ought to exercise a proactive approach and be present on the ground in order to be able to build a comprehensive picture of the state of human rights in their respective countries. This was the joint conclusion of the Ombudswoman of the Republic of Croatia and ENNHRI Chair Lora Vidović and UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore at the meeting held on 21 June 2016 in Vienna as part of the Fundamental Rights Forum.
The two officials highlighted the importance of the established standards of work of the NHRIs and emphasized the need to keep maintaining and developing the UN accreditation system.

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