• Counter-terrorism, freedom of expression and living together in focus of the 2nd day of International conference in Zagreb

    The second day of the high level conference - Reclaiming Human Rights in Europe: How to Enhance Democratic Space? - marking the 25th anniversary of the Croatian ombudsman, started with the discussion on the interrelation of respect for human rights and counter terrorism measures.

    Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks, ODIHR Head of Human Rights Department Omer Fisher, Regional Human Rights and Rule of Law Advisor at UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub Isabelle Tschan, representative of the Defender of Rights from France Claudine Jacob, Senior Expert Adviser of the Croatian Council for National Security Office Sara Lustig were the panellists, as well as the Polish Ombudsman Adam Bodnar via a video message.

  • 25th anniversary of the Ombudsman of Croatia formally commemorated

    With the formal opening of the International Conference „Reclaiming human rights in Europe: How to enhance democratic space?“ 25 years of the Ombudsman's Act was commemorated on the 11th May in the Croatian parliament.

    In her welcoming address the Ombudswoman Lora Vidović conducted the guests through the institutional development in the past 25 years and its contribution to strengthening of the democracy in Croatia. „What has not been changed during these years, and I firmly believe that it should remain so, is the basis of the institution's work – these are arguments not sanctions, dialogue not orders, advocacy not legally binding decisions. The ombudsman's authority is one of the characteristics of societies with highly developed democracy and strong rule of law. Having that in mind, I am pleased to conclude that our recommendations and words are more and more loudly and clearly heard and that they are more frequently and promptly answered. Of course, with occasional exceptions which will always be present and which require further efforts in obtaining a constructive dialogue“, stated the Ombudswoman, highlighting the role of cooperation in the institution's performance.

  • The 25th anniversary of the Croatian Ombudsman institution to be marked in May

    The Ombudsman institution was introduced in the Croatian legal system at the very beginning of the country’s independence, by the 1990 Constitution. However, further requirements for the beginning of its work were met two years later, by entering into force of the Ombudsman's Act. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Act, the Ombudswoman Lora Vidović is organising a high level international conference „Reclaiming human rights in Europe: How to enhance the democratic space?“ on 11-12 May 2017 in Zagreb.  

  • Maja Kević Elected Deputy Ombudswoman

    Croatian Parliament elected Maja Kević as Deputy Ombudswoman at the March 31 2017 voting session.

    Deputy Kević is joining the Office of the Ombudswoman Lora Vidović after working at the Croatian Government's Office for Human Rights and Rights of National Minorities. Her experience, high motivation and sensibility towards human rights will cotribute to further strenghtening the work of the institution, especially regarding persons deprived of their liberty and the mandate of the National preventive mechanism.

  • Equinet meets with human rights defenders in Poland

    On the fringes of the Equinet board meeting in Warsaw on 16 March, Equinet board members and staff met with key actors in the field of equality in Poland, including the Commissioner for Human Rights Adam Bodnar, the Plenipotentiary for Civil Society and Equal Treatment and representatives of civil society.