Judicial Reform and the Empowerment of Victims
Zagreb, 28-29 Nov. 2012
Croatian Ombudsman consults civil society in anti-discrimination efforts
UNDP supports effort to pool resources of diverse organizations and institutions
"We hope that our joint efforts will enhance the system of protection against discrimination and that through cooperation we can achieve much more than by each of us acting from our own corner," said Deputy Croatian People's Ombudsman, Dejan Palić. "Our cooperation and coordination are preconditions for the efficient functioning of the human rights system."
The actors referred to in Article 15 of the Anti-Discrimination Act are a diverse group, but participants agreed that closer cooperation would help make the best use of the knowledge, experience, financial resources, access to information, and analytic capability that they have. Contributions from victims of discrimination were deemed as important as those from organizations. The importance of inputs from outside of Zagreb was also stressed.
To address this need, UNDP has supported field visits of the Office of the Croatian People's Ombudsman to local communities. "These field visits have encouraged a dialogue among stakeholders at the local level and ensured that their voices are heard at the national level," said UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Croatia, Vitalie Vremis. "We are pleased that there are plans to continue this practice beyond UNDP support."
The round table was organized as a part of a UNDP-funded project, Capacity Building of the Croatian People's Ombudsman's Office, which has been implemented since 2010.