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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Ombudswoman Lora Vidović was elected as a member of the GANHRI Working Group on Aging on 6 March, 2017 in Geneva. Working group is tasked for making improvement in GANHRI’s member mutual cooperation in the field of protection human rights of elderly as well as for enhancing strategic activities at the international fora including contribution to the UN mechanisms.

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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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