Croatian Parliament elected Maja Kević as Deputy Ombudswoman at the March 31 2017 voting session.

Deputy Kević is joining the Office of the Ombudswoman Lora Vidović after working at the Croatian Government's Office for Human Rights and Rights of National Minorities. Her experience, high motivation and sensibility towards human rights will cotribute to further strenghtening the work of the institution, especially regarding persons deprived of their liberty and the mandate of the National preventive mechanism.

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National preventive mechanisms (NPM) from 13 countries gathered in Zagreb on 29 and 30 November 2016 for the Conference of NPMs of the South-East Europe Network.

The Conference was dedicated to the marking of 10 years of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT). During the two days, the event included discussions on strengthening the follow-up of NPM
recommendations, implementation of the UN Mandela Rules and the role of NPMs in protection of refugees and migrants.

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Ombudswoman of Croatia and ENNHRI Chair Lora Vidović presented the main findings of the ENNHRI's Older Persons Project to several MEPs and representatives of other EU institutions during the event "Towards a UN Convention on the rights of older persons?" at the EU Parliament on 28 September 2016.

Institutions from six countries participated in the 18 month long research on human rights of older persons in the long-term care, which included a review of national legislation and policies and visits to care homes with interviews with older persons and stakeholders. It will result in recommendations to help improve the human rights situation of older persons in or seeking long-term care in Europe.

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