• Croatia should eliminate shortcomings in transitional justice, immigration and media freedom

    “Croatia has substantially improved its human rights law and practice in the last years. However, some recent developments put at serious risk these achievements” said Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, while releasing today a report based on his visit to the country carried out last April.

    The Commissioner is concerned about the recent regression of inter-state co-operation in the region on the prosecution of wartime crimes committed during the 1990s. “It is worrying to see the persistence of impunity in Croatia for certain serious human rights violations committed in the past. The authorities should put an end to this, and effectively prosecute, try and sanction the perpetrators of wartime crimes”.

  • EQUINET Annual Meeting calls for stronger NEB involvement in creating EU policies and cooperation with NHRI’s

    Equality Bodies from across Europe, members of Equinet, as well as partner organisations and other stakeholders, met on 29 and 30 September in Brussels to discuss Equinet’s work on standards for equality bodies.

    The Ombudswoman of Croatia and European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) Chair Lora Vidović participated in a panel on ‘Strengthening equality bodies within the institutional architecture’, along with the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) Director Michael O'Flaherty, MEP Ulrike Lunaček and ECRI representative Stefano Valenti. Vidović presented ENNHRI's work, including the ongoing cooperation between Equality Bodies and National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and their respective networks.

  • Older Persons Project presented at the meeting "Towards a UN Convention on the rights of older persons?" in Bruxelles

    Ombudswoman of Croatia and ENNHRI Chair Lora Vidović presented the main findings of the ENNHRI's Older Persons Project to several MEPs and representatives of other EU institutions during the event "Towards a UN Convention on the rights of older persons?" at the EU Parliament on 28 September 2016.

    Institutions from six countries participated in the 18 month long research on human rights of older persons in the long-term care, which included a review of national legislation and policies and visits to care homes with interviews with older persons and stakeholders. It will result in recommendations to help improve the human rights situation of older persons in or seeking long-term care in Europe.

  • “Challenges for Ombudsman Institutions with respect to mixed migratory flows”

    High level representatives from international organizations and specialized agencies, Ombudsman and Mediator institutions, as well as representatives from governmental authorities, the diplomatic community and the civil society gathered on 7th September in Tirana, Albania, at the two day conference “Challenges for Ombudsman Institutions with respect to mixed migratory flows”. The objective of the conference was to generate a common response to the situation of people in need of international protection.

  • National Human Rights Institutions Play Key Role in Citizens’ Rights Protection but Ought to Be Proactive

    National human rights institutions (NHRIs) play a key role in the protection of the human rights of the citizens. In the performance of their work they ought to exercise a proactive approach and be present on the ground in order to be able to build a comprehensive picture of the state of human rights in their respective countries. This was the joint conclusion of the Ombudswoman of the Republic of Croatia and ENNHRI Chair Lora Vidović and UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore at the meeting held on 21 June 2016 in Vienna as part of the Fundamental Rights Forum.
    The two officials highlighted the importance of the established standards of work of the NHRIs and emphasized the need to keep maintaining and developing the UN accreditation system.