• The Role of the Ombudsman in Considering Complaints from Prisoners – international conference, Dublin

    Deputy Ombudsman Mario Krešić participated on 12-13 May in Dublin at the conference The Role of the Ombudsman in Considering Complaints from Prisoners.

    The topics discussed included the empirical and bihevioral psychological research on prisoners, the establishment of an effective complaints system as well as the application of the “human factor” when examining prisoners’ complaints.

    Deputy Ombudsman Krešić familiarized the participants with the work of the Office of the Ombudswoman of the Republic of Croatia, with a special emphasis on the refugee crisis the country was faced with in 2015.

    The conferencewas jointly organized by the Ombudsman of the Republic of Irelandand the Ombudsman Association (OA).

  • Business decision making has to be in line with the Anti-Discrimination Act

    After a large company went through the restructuring process, older workers and those with health problems were, in a much higher percentage than other workers, rearranged to lower salary work places. It has led to the lowering of rights of certain groups of workers, contrary to the Anti-Discrimination Act, concluded Ombudswoman Lora Vidović after several workers filed complaints.

  • Religious Freedom Day Marked in Croatia

    Association for Religious Freedom in the Republic of Croatia marked on 30 January the Religious Freedom Day under the motto „A life without compassion is a mere charade“.

    On that occasion the Association's President Željko Mraz presented plaques to the individuals who contributed significantly to the promotion of religious freedoms in the course of the previous year: Ankica Marinović, PhD, of the Institute for Social Research, the co-author of the book Religious Communities in the Republic of Croatia, and the members of the Headquarters for the coordination of the activities related to the arrival of refugees to the Republic of Croatia.

  • 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.