• 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.

  • National Minorities in the Electronic Media

    Discriminatory speech and hate speech have in the course of the past several years predominantly been directed at the members of national minorities, said Ombudswoman Lora Vidović speaking at a public forum titled National Minorities and the Electronic Media held on 18 December 2015 at the Bogdan Ogrizović public library in Zagreb. The main focus of the forum was the (dis)respect of the rights enshrined in Article 18 of the Constitutional Act on the Rights of National Minorities as well as the fact that the inclusion in the news reports of the topics discussed from the viewpoint of the national minorities is important both for the national majority and for the minorities in order to be able to jointly combat all forms of intolerance.

  • VIDEO: Refugee Crisis in Croatia

    Izbjeglice Tovarnik Pixsell Željko LukunićDuring the three months of the refugee crisis in Croatia over half a million of refugees and migrants have passed through our country. Since the first days of the crisis, several teams from the Office of the Ombudsman have been paying daily and nightly visits to all of the key spots of the refugees’ transit and stay, monitoring the respect of the human rights of refuges and migrants and issuing recommendations to that effect.

  • International Human Rights Day

    Dan ljudskih prava unAlmost 70 years ago, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. Two years later, the Assembly pronounced the 10th of December the International Day of Human Rights. This year it is being observed around the world under the motto “Our Freedoms. Our Rights. Always!”, with an emphasis on the importance of making further efforts to protect and promote human rights and freedoms as well as on the numerous challenges still present in these areas.

    The four freedoms underpinning the international human rights documents are the freedom of speech and expression, the freedom of worship, the freedom from fear and the freedom from want. The freedom from want entails the enjoyment of various rights, such as the right to social security, the right to education, health care and work.

  • Ombudwoman Vidović and Ombudsman of Serbia Visit Refugee Centers in Šid and Slavonski Brod

    Slavonski Brod 2Ombudswoman Lora Vidović and the Ombudsman of the Republic of Serbia, Saša Janković, visited the Winter Transit Refugee Reception Center in Slavonski Brod, Croatia, and the Reception Center in Šid, Serbia on December 9th.  

    The aim of the joint visit was to monitor the accommodation conditions, the distribution of humanitarian aid as well as the organization of work in the centers. An efficient response for the refugee crisis cannot be supplied by a single state. It has to be provided through a joint action of the international community, which certainly cannot include raising fences or limiting the access to the asylum system based on one’s citizenship, emphasized Ombudswoman Vidović.