November 19, 2005

OSCE Croatia: The capacity of institutions and civil society to address outstanding issues is increa

The latest OSCE status report recognizes this capacity increase as a result of the ongoing political reforms and a demonstration of the Government?s renewed commitment to fulfil its international obligations. As a consequence of the reforms, the progress in the development of political institutions in the Republic of Croatia, especially the police and the judiciary, as well as media has been noted. (19-NOV-05)

October 24, 2005

Roma still suffer discrimination

The Roma population in the Republic of Croatia still suffers discrimination, according to a report presented at a round table organized by Croatian Law Centre on Friday. At the same time, the Report represents the end of a mutual one-year project of the NGO’s involved in the emergence of the HRH in Zagreb.

October 15, 2005

Accused journalist appeared before ICTY

Being the first Croatian journalist ever to appear in front of the Hague Tribunal, Josip Jovic pleaded not guilty to charges for contempt of the Court. The indictment against Jovic was filed on August 29th 2005 for publishing transcripts of the prosecution´s protected witness testimony at the Blaskic trial. (15-OCT-05)

September 29, 2005

Croatia worse than Serbia and Bosnia on freedom of information

Celebrating the International Public Right to Know Day on 28th September, the Croatian Helsinki Committee presented results of the comparative survey of the implementation of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in the Republic of Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Serbia. According to the results presented in the Press Club on Wednesday 28th September, Republic of Croatia stands behind Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia in implementation of the FOIA. (28-SEP-05)

September 16, 2005

First ICTY case transferred to Croatia

On 14 September, the ICTY issued a decision referring the case against Rahim Ademi andMirko Norac to the Republic of Croatia. Apart from being the first case in which persons already indicted by the Tribunal have been referred to the Republic of Croatia, it is also the only case that the Tribunal’s Prosecution was requesting to be transferred to the Republic of Croatia. (16-SEP-05)

September 12, 2005

Azerbaijan: New Orange Revolution?

Building up to the parliamentary elections set for November, more than 20,000  people rallied through the streets of Baku last Saturday, demanding the resignation of PresidentIlham Aliyev and his authoritarian regime. Inspired by the same partisan symbols as in Ukraine the orange stream of demonstrators flowed into Victory Square, uniting their efforts for a free and democratic Republic of Azerbaijan. (12-SEP-05)

September 5, 2005

OSCE Croatia: refugee returns, rule of law and minority rights still wanting

The most recent OSCE status report on Croatia?s progress in meeting international commitments in the period from November 2004 until 7 July 2005, presented yesterday by the Head of the Mission, ambassador Jorge Fuentes, acknowledged Governments commitment to fulfil it?s OSCE obligations. However, the necessary reforms related to the return of the refugees, rule of law and minority rights proceeded at a lower level. (13-JUL-05)

July 1, 2005

The School of Human Rights for Youth

Tenth in a row „ School of Human Rights for Youth“, organized by the Croatian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights, was completed this week in Bozava, Dugi otok. Altogether 19 high school students, coming from different regions in Republic of Croatia , took an active part in the one-week school programme, designed to provide basic information on human rights. (31-JUN-05)

June 20, 2005

The CHC presented Annual Report for 2004

The overall human rights situation in Republic of Croatia has continued improving gradually in 2004, according to the Annual Report of the Croatian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights. The report was presented today in the Centre for Human Rights in Zagreb by Zarko Puhovski, the Chairman of the Committee and Srdjan Dvornik, the Executive Director of the CHC. (20-JUN-05)