• National Preventive Mechanisms of the South-East Europe Network met in Zagreb

    National preventive mechanisms (NPM) from 13 countries gathered in Zagreb on 29 and 30 November 2016 for the Conference of NPMs of the South-East Europe Network.

    The Conference was dedicated to the marking of 10 years of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT). During the two days, the event included discussions on strengthening the follow-up of NPM
    recommendations, implementation of the UN Mandela Rules and the role of NPMs in protection of refugees and migrants.

  • The European Commission second Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights puts focus on Media Pluralism and Democracy

    The second Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights is taking place on 17-18 November 2016 in Brussels, with a focus on media pluralism and democracy. First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, President of the Court of Justice of the European Union Koen Lenaerts, Slovakian Minister of Culture Marek Maďarič and Vice-President of the European Parliament Ulrike Lunacek opened the first day of the event, which introduced disscussions with a wide range of experts on the key role in democratic societies of a free and pluralist media, in particular digital media.

  • Institutions from 35 countries and key partners attend EHHNRI General Assembly in Zagreb

    Office of the Ombudswoman of Croatia hosted the ENNHRI Annual General Assembly in Zagreb on 27 and 28 October 2016., which offered a unique opportunity for members and ENNHRI partners to discuss the Network's progress during the past year, agree on future activities and debate several thematic issues of great relevance. The event included a seminar on human rights and counter-terrorism.

    “I am honoured to be hosting ENNHRI members from 35 countries here in Zagreb, as well as our valued partners from UN Bodies, European human rights mechanisms and networks, and NGOs. Our discussions on topics such as economic and social rights, sustainable development goals or asylum and migration, resulted not only in further strengthening thematic cooperation within ENNHRI, but also members’ capacities and knowledge. Both are of crucial importance during the challenging times that Europe continues to face, amid the economic and refugee crisis as well as security concerns“, said Ombudswoman of Croatia and ENNHRI Chair Lora Vidović.

  • ENNHRI renews support for Poland’s Commissioner for Human Rights

    On the occasion of ENNHRI’s General Assembly, NHRIs from across Europe underlined the Commissioner for Human Rights’ independence and its respected work to promote and protect human rights, in line with the UN Paris Principles and the Polish Constitution. They expressed their deep concern that recent developments in Poland could negatively impact on the Commissioner for Human Rights’ vital role to promote and protect human rights in Poland.

  • ENNHRI General Assembly Meeting to be held in Zagreb

    Representatives of more than 30 institutions, members of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI), from more than 30 countries from wider Europe are gathering in Zagreb on 27 and 28 October 2016 to attend the ENNHRI General Assembly Meeting. The two-day event aims to provide an opportunity for ENNHRI members to discuss recent developments, challenges and trends at national and European level in terms of the promotion and protection of human rights.