• Meeting with the Commissioner of the European Commission Věra Jourová

    Equinet Chair and Deputy Ombudswoman Tena Simonovic Einwalter met with Věra, Jourová Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, on April 12, 2018 in Brussels. The theme of the meeting, which was held within the process of consulting the Standards for Equality Bodies, was the Commission Action Plan to tackle the gender pay gap and Equinet Working Paper on Developing Standards for Equality Bodies.

  • Deputy Ombudswoman talked at the Festival of Tolerance on the importance of education

    We have to fight discrimination primarily through education, especially of younger children, but also all stakeholders involved have to play their roles: state bodies, NGOs, media, and citizens as well, said Deputy Ombudswoman Tena Šimonović Einwalter at the round table discussion during the Festival of Tolerance, taking place from 8 – 14 April 2018. in Zagreb.

  • Human Rights Situation in Croatia: 2017 Ombudswoman's Report

    Ombudswoman Lora Vidović has submitted 2017 Report to the Croatian parliament. As the most important working tool of the institution, it contains the analysis and human rights assessment in Croatia for the last year as well as 231 recommendations for elimination of systemic problems.

    In 2017 citizens continued encountering almost the same problems as in earlier years. A fifth of them lives in the risk of poverty, which is many times more frequent in rural areas. At the same time, the social subsidies do not cover basic living needs. The system of debt enforcements is still neither efficient nor fair, since it generates additional debts to debtors, and makes more difficult for creditors to collect their claims.

  • Poverty and discrimination: two sides of the same coin

    Equinet - European Network of Equality Bodies and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission hosted the conference Poverty and discrimination: two sides of the same coin on 22 March 2018 in Dublin.

  • Depriving the inmates' rights must be argumented, necessary and proportional

    Depriving the rights on liberty does not automatically lead to the loss of other civil, political, economic, cultural and social rights. Amongst them is the right to correspondence, which was denied to a prisoner who wanted to complain against the quality of service and price of the business providing services in prison.

    Direct correspondence was estimated as a security risk by the prison authorities with reference that he should have sent his complaint to the prison governor who, if deemed justified, would forwarded it to the business owner. But, such judgement on a security risk was not argumented.