• New general policy guidelines on strengthening equality bodies to combat discrimination and intolerance

    To better protect people exposed to discrimination, states should step up the efficiency, independence and impact of equality bodies, says the Council of Europe’s anti-racism commission (ECRI) in a new set of recommendations to the European governments published today.

  • Extradition of Nurettin Oral would be against international conventions

    Extradition of Nurettin Oral to Turkey would be against the international human rights conventions as well as against the European Human Rights Court practice, warned Ombudswoman Lora Vidović in her letter to the Minister of Justice Dražen Bošnjaković, sent on 12 January 2018.

    The case is the subject of the 1951 Geneva Convention on Refugee Status, 1957 European Convention on Extradition, European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, European Human Rights Court practice (Garayev v. Azerbaijan, Soering v. United Kingdom) and the Law on International Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters.

  • Field visit to Međimurje County

    Ombudswoman Lora Vidović and associates on 8th-9th February 2018 visited Međimurje County, where they met with various stakeholders and citizens in Čakovec, Vratišinec, Nedelišće, Mala Subotica, and in Roma settlements Parag and Piškorovec.

    At the beginning they met NGO and national minorities’ representatives and during a two-day visit they held meetings, among others, with County Prefect Matija Posavec, Čakovec Deputy Mayor Zoran Vidović, Head of the Čakovec Centre for Social Care Alenka Bilić and Chief Međimurje Police Administration Ivan Sokač, and their associates.

  • A positive step forward in protection against the abuse of contracts on support until death

    New amendments in the Social Care Act, entered into force on 30th December 2017, bring significant step forward in protection of older persons against the abuse of contracts on support until death. Namely, from now on it is forbidden to all those providing social care, persons whom they employ and members of their families, to conclude contract on alienation or burdening of immovable assets of clients whom they provide social service to. This change was on several occasions proposed by Ombudswoman Lora Vidović warning on frequent abuse of contracts on support until death, due to the fact that in practice the elderly remain without care and property. Contract on support until death meant that the property belonged to the provider immediately upon the conclusion of the contract.

  • Warnings to Clinical Hospital Centre Zagreb regarding enforcements procedures against citizens

    Ombudswoman Lora Vidović warned the Clinical Hospital Centre (KBC) Zagreb not to instigate enforcement procedures against citizens without giving them opportunities to pay invoices. She also emhasised it is neccessaryon to hand over invoices to patients personally after providing health service and, if not possible, to send them to their home addresses. Hence, before issuing an invoice it is necessary to check whether a patient has a valid additional health insurance policy while receiving health service.