• The fundamental rights of older people need to be better protected

    Fundamental rights are not just for the young. They protect everyone regardless of age,” says FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty. “We need to do a better job of protecting the older members of our communities. It’s high time to translate political commitments into tangible actions. We must stand up for the civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights of older people.

  • Obligation to respect personal dignity during police treatment

    Law enforcement officials are obliged to respect personal dignity while exercising their duties, warned Ombudswoman Lora Vidović after the complaint on the circumstances of a family eviction.

    In her letter to the Police administration she claimed that while exercising the duties with the use of physical force resulting in deprivation of liberty, it is necessary to pay an utmost attention to the personal dignity of a person under the treatment, bearing in mind that any mistreatment may lead to the violation of the constitutional rights of citizens. This especially refers to the vulnerable groups – children, evidently pregnant women, persons with disability or a psychological disorder, elderly or powerless.

  • Requesting an average of marks as condition for employment is not discrimination

    Is it permitted to put up in a vacancy notice a minimum average of marks as condition for employment? A complainant posed this question to the Ombudswoman who noted that this condition is in line with the Anti-Discrimination Act, which allows such practice.

    Namely, an average of marks allows an employer to choose best candidates for a certain job exclusively according to the achieved results and merit criteria, and not on personal characteristics which may be grounds for discrimination such as gender, age and similar.

  • Ombudswoman discussed human rights and discrimination with young people in Osijek, Rijeka, Sinj and Vis

    Ombudswoman Lora Vidović visited the Osijek Law School on 10th April 2018, and Zagreb Law School on 17th April, where she discussed human rights and discrimination with students. She presented in details the mandate and power of the ombudsman institution supported, with several cases from the practice. Students showed most interest in the topics regarding migration and judiciary.

  • Meeting with the Commissioner of the European Commission Věra Jourová

    Equinet Chair and Deputy Ombudswoman Tena Simonovic Einwalter met with Věra, Jourová Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, on April 12, 2018 in Brussels. The theme of the meeting, which was held within the process of consulting the Standards for Equality Bodies, was the Commission Action Plan to tackle the gender pay gap and Equinet Working Paper on Developing Standards for Equality Bodies.