• The vote is a political pressure on the independence of this institution

    Today's rejection of the 2015 Ombudswoman Report in the Croatian Parliament represents political pressure on the independence of this institution. This is further supported by the fact that members of parliament have unanimously adopted the Report during the discussions in relevant parliamentary committees.

    I use the opportunity to remind that the Report, in more than 50 thematic chapters, describes everyday reality our citizens face.

    In 2015, 92,000 pensioners received pensions under 500 kuna, almost one in five young people was outside the education system and labour market, and thus at a serious risk of social exclusion. Number of patients with melanoma in Croatia is at EU average, but the melanoma mortality rate is 50 percent higher. 12,000 veterans submitted a request for state housing last year. Residents of rural areas live in villages without electricity, without access to water, public transport and with unkept roads. Unacceptable and discriminatory rhetoric in public space are still strong, and the rights of minorities are perceived as a threat to the majority.

  • Children of Prisoners in the National Preventive Mechanism

    The fact that an individual is being imprisoned should not influence their rights as a father or a mother nor should it influence the rights of their children, stated Ombudswoman Lora Vidović speaking at the international conference Children With a Parent in Conflict With the Law: What is Their Best Interest? How to Make it a Reality?. The conference held on 20 May 2016 was organized by the Ombudswoman for Children Ivana Milas Klarić and the international organization Children of Prisoners Europe – COPE.

  • The Role of the Ombudsman in Considering Complaints from Prisoners – international conference, Dublin

    Deputy Ombudsman Mario Krešić participated on 12-13 May in Dublin at the conference The Role of the Ombudsman in Considering Complaints from Prisoners.

    The topics discussed included the empirical and bihevioral psychological research on prisoners, the establishment of an effective complaints system as well as the application of the “human factor” when examining prisoners’ complaints.

    Deputy Ombudsman Krešić familiarized the participants with the work of the Office of the Ombudswoman of the Republic of Croatia, with a special emphasis on the refugee crisis the country was faced with in 2015.

    The conferencewas jointly organized by the Ombudsman of the Republic of Irelandand the Ombudsman Association (OA).

  • Religious Freedom Day Marked in Croatia

    Association for Religious Freedom in the Republic of Croatia marked on 30 January the Religious Freedom Day under the motto „A life without compassion is a mere charade“.

    On that occasion the Association's President Željko Mraz presented plaques to the individuals who contributed significantly to the promotion of religious freedoms in the course of the previous year: Ankica Marinović, PhD, of the Institute for Social Research, the co-author of the book Religious Communities in the Republic of Croatia, and the members of the Headquarters for the coordination of the activities related to the arrival of refugees to the Republic of Croatia.

  • Religious Pluralism – Tolerance as an Indicator of a Society's Maturity

    The richness of the society grows with its diversity and the variety of cultures, nations and religious communities it is comprised of. It is this last element – religious pluralism – that is the focus of the Religious Freedom Day (30 January).

    Religious Freedom Day is being marked at the initiative of the International Association for Religious Freedom, a non-governmental organization holding a consultative status with the UN, UNESCO and the Council of Europe. While in Croatia this day is marked every year on the last Saturday in January, various states around the world commemorate it on different dates. All commemorations, however, have the same goal – to nurture the tolerance and respect for individuals belonging to all religious communities as well as those identifying as irreligious.