November 30, 2004

Less rights for persons with dissabilities?

The Croatian Government has refused to accept Declaration on Rights of Persons with Dissabilities. Arguing this decision Government finds it unneccesary to accept the document that has no executive force and contains the same rights Republic of Croatia allready guaranteed by signing international conventions related to this problem. (30-NOV-04)

November 26, 2004

Journalist seeking court protection from the Secret Service

The «Puljiz» affair, which has been under the public scrutiny for more than a month now, is still without resolution. Namely, freelance journalist Helena Puljiz accused Croatian Counter – Intelligence Services (CIS) for unauthorized and illegal questioning. Even after her public appearance and addres to the Civic Committee for Oversight of the Secret Services, as well as numerous public discussions, Republic of Croatia knows very little of what lies beneath the surface of the affair while Helena Puljiz decided to seek court protection (26-NOV-04)

November 8, 2004

Mines still threatening Croatia

Republic of Croatia will not be cleared of mines until 2010, the deadline defined by the Ottawa Convention and prescribed by the National Program For Counter-Mine Effect. Solution of one of the most important humanitarian problems in the Republic of Croatia is postponed once again. (NOV-8-04)

October 18, 2004

Documentary on prison torture

Documentary by Nenad Puhovski «Lora – testimonies» had its first run on Friday, October 15th within the Human Rights Film Festival in Zagreb. The documentary shows shocking testimonies of torture inside the Croatian military prison «Lora» during the war. (OCT-17-04)

October 11, 2004

Court efficiency and human rights

International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) – Canadian section in co-operation with Croatian Helsinki Committee and Croatian Law Centre organized national and regional conference in Bjelolasica, Republic of Croatia, in order to present results of the project «Impartiallity and independence of judiciary». (11-OCT-04)

September 20, 2004

National day to combat violence against women

The Croatian government has proposed to its Parliament that September 22nd should be the National Day to combat violence against Women. (20-SEP-04)

September 10, 2004

Open Society Institute interested in HRH project

On Wednesday, 8th of September 2004, Open Society Institute in the Republic of Croatia organized a meeting with NGO representatives invovled in the emergence of Human Rights House in Zagreb. Topic of the discussion was the Roma project and the possibilities of co-operation between the partners and the Open Society Institute. (10-SEP-2004)

July 13, 2004

New tax legislation hits Croatian NGO’s hard

NGO´s in the Republic of Croatia must now pay value added tax (VAT) on all foreign donations they receive. This recent government decision undermines the very exixtence of NGO´s in the Republic of Croatia.  (-13-JULY-04)