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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 of the Shoah, not only in Strasbourg, but also in Albania and Greece , to highlight that it is our...
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 carried out last April. The Commissioner is concerned about the recent regression of inter-state...
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 violence, discrimination and intolerance, in particular against members of national minorities and...

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 Commissioner draws authorities' attention to the recommendations contained in his Office report "Discrimination...

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

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

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 the rule of law in the region. I welcome President Josipović's request to the Constitutional Court...

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

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 on the country. Following a visit carried out in April, the report sets out recommendations about...

Croatia: Commissioner Hammarberg encourages the adoption of further measures for post war justice and the protection of displaced persons and Roma

Strasbourg 12.04.2010 - Croatia appears ready to do its part in resolving the human rights issues which still remain after the war-related atrocities in the nineties, stated Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg when concluding a four-day visit to Croatia. He held discussions with national and local authorities, including with President Ivo Josipovic and Prime...
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