• The new members of the Anti-Discrimination Contact Points Network

    The Ombudswoman has signed cooperation agreements with members of the Anti-Discrimination Contact Points Network on 9 March 2018. These are 11 civil society organizations selected after a public call, as a way of strengthening the fight against discrimination at national, regional and local level.

  • International organisations commit to building broader support for human rights

    Ombudswoman and ENNHRI Chair Lora Vidović participated at the high level international panel discussion on reframing communication on human rights, held on 6th March 2018 in UN Geneva Office.

    Kate Gilmore, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Michael O’Flaherty, Director of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, Florence Simbiri-Jaoko, Special Envoy of GANHRI and Human Rights Watch Deputy Executive Directore for Advocacy Bruno Stagno Ugarte took part in the conference.

  • 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.