• ENNHRI and GANHRI Annual meetings in Geneva

    General meeting of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) was held on 4 March 2019 in Geneva under the chairmanship of Lora Vidović, Croatian Ombudswoman who on that occasion gave the Chair to Emily Logan, the Irish Commissioner for Human Rights and Equality.

    The Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, Dunja Mijatović participating in the debate on economic and social rights, democracy, rule of law and migration, particularly emphasised the commitment of her Office to support national human rights institutions in Europe and cooperate closely with them.

    Ombudswoman Lora Vidović participated at the GANHRI Annual meeting presenting the ENNHRI activities in protection and promotion of NHRI’s and widening the democratic civic space. The Conference focused on implementation of the GANHRI Declaration on widening the democratic civic space and protection of human rights defenders. The new leadership was also elected for the period 2019 – 2021; new Chair is the Columbian Ombudsman Carlos Alfonso Negret Mosquera, and ENNHRI member in the new Board remains Croatian Ombudswoman Lora Vidović.

  • Ombudsman got Whistle blower’s mandate

    By entering into force on the 1st July 2019 of the Whistle blowers Act the ombudsman’s institution shall get another mandate, those of a body for the whistle blowers’ protection. The incumbent Ombudswoman has accepted the legal initiative for the whistle blowers protection since the fight against corruption is one of the most important social interests. Therefore the Office was included in drafting of the Act and some of its suggestions for the improvement the legal narrative were included in the text, although not all who would further strengthen the protection of persons who report irregularities.

  • NHRIs and equality bodies without support to their independence cannot be successful

    Ombudswoman and ENNHRI Chair Lora Vidović together with her Deputy and EQUINE Executive Board Chair Tena Šimonović Einwalter met with the EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers Protection and Gender Equality Vera Jourova, at the international conference ‘EU’s Global Leadership in the Rule of Law’, organised by Jean Monnet’ Centre for Excellence of the Zagreb Law School and European Commission Representation in Croatia, held on 22 February 2019 in the European House.

  • 20 years of CoE Commissioner for Human Rights: Economic and social rights as basis for strengthening equality

    On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, the incumbent Commissioner Dunja Mijatović organised on 22 January 2019 in Strasbourg a panel discussion on the state of human rights in Europe with participation of the four ex Commissioners as well as the ENNHRI Chair Lora Vidović and the EQUINET Executive Board Chair Tena Šimonović Einwalter.

  • NPM international conference in Tunis

    Upon the invitation on behalf of the Tunis National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) the Ombudswoman’s adviser from the Department for persons deprived of liberty and NPM Anica Tomšić Stojkovska participated at the international conference dedicated to the detentions’ over crowdedness and the role of national bodies for the prevention of torture, that took place in Tunis on 18-19 December 2018.