• Two-day Visit of the Slovenian National Preventive Mechanism

    Representatives of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) of the Office of the Ombudsman hosted on November 3rd and 4th their colleagues from the NPM of the Republic of Slovenia. On that occasion the members of the NPMs visited the Vrapče Psychiatric Clinic, Zagreb Police Department as well as the Zagreb City Prison.

  • “I Want to Thank Each Police Officer on the Ground”

    Tovarnik3In the weeks preceding the arrival of a large number of refugees to Croatia, Ombudswoman Lora Vidović started monitoring the events related to the current crisis. The Ombudswoman and her associates have been organized into several teams and have been paying daily and nightly visits to the most critical spots.

    „It is still too early to make any general estimates, but from the very beginning we noticed a lack of information available to the refugees, the volunteers as well as the appropriate authorities. Regarding the problem, we reacted and are glad that the Government has, as we can see, accepted our recommendations.I would like to use this occasion to thank every police officer on the ground as they have been doing their jobs with the greatest level of professionalism and patience in extremely difficult conditions“, emphasized Vidović today on the occasion of the opening of the third Regional Office, this time in Split, which has made the Ombudswoman’s office even more accessible to the citizens of the South of Croatia seeking protection of their human rights or battling discrimination.

  • National Human Rights Institutions Exchange Experiences on their Role in Conflict and Post-Conflict Periods

    Monika Cavlovic KijevOn October 21st and 22nd the city of Kiev, Ukraine, hosted the conference titled “The Role of the National Human Rights Institutions During and After Conflict”. The event was organized by the Ombudswoman of the Ukraine with the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). At the conference 19 national human rights institutions from all over the world – from Mexico and Columbia, through Western and Eastern Europe, to Iraq – including the representative of the Office of the Ombudsman of the Republic of Croatia - discussed their roles in the situations of conflict taking place in their own as well as the neighboring countries.

  • Ombudswoman and deputies exchange knowledge and experience with Slovenian colleagues

    Slovenija posjet pravobraniteljice slovenskoj pravobraniteljiciDuring their one-day visit to the Office of the Ombudswoman of Slovenia Vlasta Nussdorfer in Ljubljana on October 7th, Ombudswoman of Croatia Lora Vidović and deputies Lidija Lukina Kezić and Mario Krešić presented the activities and achievements in the fields of promotion and protection of human rights and combating discrimination in our country. Croatian delegation was met by Ombudswoman Nussdorfer and her deputies Kornelija Marzel, Jernej Rovšek, Tone Dolčič and Ivan Šelih. The delegations exchanged the information regarding the work and organization of their respective institutions, as well as the experience, knowledge and important information related to their areas of work.

  • Ombudswoman now more accessible to the citizens of the south of Croatia

    Split otvorenje Podrunog ureda 2Ombudswoman Lora Vidović opened today the new Regional Office in Split, making thus the institution more accessible to the citizens residing in the South of the country. „The distance between people's location of residence from one of our offices is the reason why the citizens often decide not to seek the protection of their rights. This fact can best be backed up by our last years’ experience from the towns of Osijek and Rijeka, where more than 350 citizens contacted us in less than a month since the opening of our Regional Offices in these cities. Thus, it makes me feel very happy and proud that now it will be a lot easier for the citizens from this part of the country to contact our Office,“ said Ombudswoman Vidović.

    Issues related to health and social care, municipal services, employment relations, conduct of police officers, as well as discrimination, the rights of national minorities and the rights of the persons deprived of liberty are just some of the reasons that motivated more than two and a half thousand citizens to contact Ombudswoman Vidović in the course of the last year alone. One can contact the Ombudswoman both in the written form as well as in person and the latter has now become significantly easier for the citizens of both the Splitsko-Dalmatinska as well as the neighboring Zadar, Šibensko-Kninska and the Dubrovačko-Neretvanska County.