• The appointment of the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein

    The Secretary-General’s nomination of Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, currently the Permanent Representative of Jordan to the United Nations in New York, for a four-year term as High Commissioner for Human Rights, was approved unanimously by the UN General Assembly on June 16, 2014. With this approval, Jordanian Prince Zeid al-Hussein, a cousin of Jordanian King Abdullah II, became the first Muslim and Arab to hold the post.

    Zeid al-Hussein is a top diplomat and at present he is Jordan’s permanent representative to the United Nations. Previously, he has served as Jordan’s ambassador to the United States and Mexico. He also played a key role in establishment of International Criminal Court (ICC). He was a political affairs officer at UNPROFOR, the UN peacekeeping mission in the former Yugoslavia during the war conflict.

    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on June warmly welcomed the UN General Assembly’s appointment of Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein to succeed her when Pillay’s mandate comes to an end on 31 August 2014.

  • FRA presented 2013 Annual Report on Fundamental Rights in EU

    FRA Report maps out the fundamental rights challenges and achievements that took place over the course of 2013. The highlights are put on  surveys on violence and discrimination towards  LGBT population, on violence against women and  antisemitism which revealed general feelings of fear and high levels of under-reporting among victims, particularly hate crime victims.

  • ILO World Social Security Report

    The global financial and economic crisis has forcefully underlined the importance of social security as ahuman right, and as an economic and social necessity, as set out in the ILO Social Protection Floors Recommendation(2012), No. 202.

    While the need for social protection is widely recognized, the fundamental human right to social security remains unfulfilled for the large majority of the world’s population. Only 27 per cent of the global population enjoy access to comprehensive social security systems, whereas 73 per cent are covered partially or not at all. The lack of access to social protection constitutes a major obstacle to economic and social development.

    Read more: http://www.ilo.org/global/research/global-reports/world-social-security-report/2014/WCMS_245201/lang--en/index.htm

  • In memoriam: Dejan Palić (1957. - 2014.)

    We are deeply sorry to announce the sad news that our distinguished colleague Dejan Palić, Deputy Ombudsman from 2004 to 2013, passed away. Dejan Palić was born on August 6th, 1957 in the city of Rijeka and graduated from the Faculty of Law - University of Zagreb in 1984. Prior to this function, he served several positions in the field of free legal aid, protection and promotion of human rights.

    As the Deputy Ombudsman in charge for different fields of human rights protection and combating discrimination, Dejan participated in numerous human right events, gave lectures and contributed to numerous publications, as well as to the Ombudsman reports. On a daily basis he counseled citizens who turned for help to the Ombudsman’s Office. He performed this job with great devotion and sincere willingness to help each person whose rights were infringed or who just find her/him self in a difficult situation in life.

  • National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) - A status according to the Paris principles