• Ombudswoman Vidović elected Chair of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions

    Lora Vidović Ankara 1The efforts of the Office of the Ombudswoman aimed at the protection and the promotion of human rights have once again been validated at the international level. Ombudswoman Lora Vidović was elected as Chair of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) by the members of the Network at the General Assembly session held on December 1 in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

    „I am extremely glad that our colleagues from other countries have recognized our work and have entrusted us with heading the network of more than 40 institutions from across Europe working jointly to achieve the same goal – protection and promotion of human rights,“ stated Ombudswoman Vidović after the vote. The activities of the Network include the efforts in the areas of economic and social rights, asylum and migrations, the rights of older persons, the rights of persons with disabilities, freedom of speech and many other human rights.

  • Citizenship Must not be an Obstacle for Access to the Asylum System

    Izbjeglice velesajamAccess to the asylum system must be provided for everyone, regardless of the country of their origin, says Ombudswoman Lora Vidović motivated by the announcements of further separations of persons on the basis of their citizenships at the borders of the refugee route. “The creation of a list of countries whose citizens, supposedly, do not need protection is contrary to the provisions of international and European law. This kind of a differentiation completely cancels out the concept of asylum, which is unacceptable, regardless of the demanding situation faced by the countries of transit, including Croatia,” explained Ombudswoman Vidović.

  • More than 50 citizens contact the Ombudswoman during Split regional office's first week of business

    Split podrucni ured ulazCitizens of the South of Croatia welcomed with trust the opening of the Split Regional Office of the Ombudswoman of Croatia – the institution in charge of human rights protection and promotion and combatting discrimination. This can be gleaned from the fact that the Ombudswoman was contacted by a total of 54 citizens during the Split Office’s first week of operation.

    „I am glad that the citizens of Dalmatia have given us their vote of confidence and have recognized in us an institution that can help them protect their human rights in many situations they have heretofore considered hopeless. Apart from their trust, their numbers speak of the need for our continuous presence in this part of the country in order for us to be more accessible to the citizens not living in the proximity of one of our other offices. That was our motivation for opening a third regional office, along with the existing ones in Rijeka and Osijek“, stated Ombudswoman Lora Vidović.

  • Ombudswoman Vidović meets with heds of Austrian Ombudsman and executive director of the International Ombudsman Institute

    Pravobraniteljica austrijski OmbudsmanOmbudswoman Lora Vidović met on October 4th and 5th in Vienna with Gertrude Brinek and Gunther Krauter, heads of the Austrian Ombudsman Board (AOB) and Ulrike Grieshofer, head of the AOB's International Department and executive director of the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI).

    In the course of the working part of the meeting the ombudspersons presented the information regarding the authority and the competencies of the respective institutions they are heading, including the similarities and differences in the legislation regulating their institutions’ work. They shared information regarding the organization of their respective offices and the financial and human resources at their disposal.

  • Regional meeting of National Preventive Mechanisms on refugees and migrants

    izbjegliceMembers of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) of the Office of the Ombudsman of Croatia participated in a meeting of the NPM network of South East Europe titled „Treatment of Asylum Seekers and Refugees and the Return of Aliens“ held on October 29th and 30th in Tirana, Albania.

    On that occasion they discussed with the experts of the NPMs participating in the Network as well as the CPT, SPT, APT, FRONTEX and UNHCR the common standards to be applied in the examinations of the facilities for the accommodation of the refugees and migrants. Additionally, positions were expressed regarding the proposition according to which the members of the Network would monitor forced returns in the future.