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Human Rights Comment

Access to registered same-sex partnerships: it’s a question of equality

21/02/2017 Strasbourg

There is a growing trend in Europe and beyond towards granting same-sex couples legal recognition for their relationships, which confers certain specific protections. The first country to provide “registered partnerships” was Denmark in 1989, while The Netherlands was first to adopt same-sex...

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Human Rights Comment

Why remembering the Holocaust is a human rights imperative

18/10/2016 Strasbourg

The Shoah stands out as one of the defining moments of history that has shaped the conscience of mankind. It is unique in its roots, implementation and envisioned totality. During my mandate as Commissioner for Human Rights, I have attended a number of ceremonies of commemoration of the victims...

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Country visit report

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

05/10/2016 Strasbourg

“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...

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Visit to Croatia

Croatia: High time to create a tolerant and inclusive society

29/04/2016 Zagreb

“Social cohesion and pluralism are under threat in Croatia. I urge the authorities to initiate and engage in an open dialogue with all stakeholders in order to protect pluralism and avoid further polarisation in society. Moreover, political leaders need to send an unequivocal message against...

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Croatia: the human dignity of transgender persons is to be fully respected

[11/04/2013 10:00] In the context of the ongoing reform of the Croatian Registries Act, the Commissioner has called on the Croatian authorities to take advantage of this occasion to clarify the legal framework governing the official recognition of trans persons' preferred gender. The...

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Letter to the Minister of Public Administration of Croatia

Letter from the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, to Mr Arsen Bauk, Minister of Public Administration of Croatia, on the legal framework for the official recognition of trans persons' preferred gender CommDH(2013)8 / 11 April 2013

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Letter to the Chairperson of the Gender Equality Committee of the Croatian Parliament

Letter from the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, to Ms Nansi Tireli, Chairperson of the Gender Equality Committee, Croatian Parliament, on the legal framework for the official recognition of trans persons' preferred gender CommDH(2013)7 / 11 April 2013

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Commissioner Hammarberg supports Croatian President's efforts to end impunity in the Balkans

Strasbourg, 22/03/2012 – "The law adopted by the Croatian Parliament last October proclaiming null and void all legal acts relating to the 1991-1995 war in which Croatian nationals are suspected, indicted or sentenced for war crimes is a serious setback to the efforts to end impunity and promote...

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Report on visit to Croatia

Report by Thomas Hammarberg, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, following his visit to Croatia (6-9 April 2010). Issues reviewed: Human rights of displaced persons and asylum seekers, proceedings relating to post-war justice and human rights of Roma CommDH(2010)20 / 17 June 2010

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Croatia: “Time to solve post-conflict human rights issues” says Commissioner Hammarberg

Strasbourg, 17/06/10- "Croatia has made important progress since its independence. However, solving serious human rights issues caused by the 1991-1995 war still require further determination" said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, presenting today his report...

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