Today, Croatia received the green light from the European Commission to enter the border-free Schengen Area. While we agree that expanding the Schengen space can be a positive and much-needed move towards improvement of free movement inside the European Union, Croatia’s Schengen membership should be made conditional on the immediate end to the Croatian Government’s illegal and violent push-back of migrants.
Asylum and integration policies
Joint statement of the Coalition for Rights and Wellbeing of Forced Migrants along Euro-Balkan's Routes
Join our PandPas webinar “Mi(inte)gration in Europe: challenges in policies, research, and good practices” on Oct 10, 2019 02:30 PM Brussels
Ombudswoman Lora Vidović yesterday published an anonymous complaint by border police officers about systematic unlawful actions by the Croatian police. While numerous Croatian and international organisations, institutions and media have been warning about these practises for several years, this is the first public confirmation of such conduct coming from police officials on the ground.
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH AND CENTER FOR PEACE STUDIES: Violation of human rights is a line we cannot cross!
Migration, although one of the key topics for the European Union, was not adequately represented in the pre-election campaign in Croatia. That is why the Center for Peace Studies, ahead of the EU Parliament elections, decided to organize the panel discussion Europe and Migration: Where do we draw the line?. Centre for Peace Studies invited representatives of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, who today, on May 20th in Zagreb, presented their insights on the relations of the EU member states towards migration.
Centre for Peace Studies invites you to join us on Monday, May 20th, 2019 at 10:00am at HUB365, Petračićeva 6, in Zagreb, for the public panel: „Europe and Migration: Where do we draw the (border) line?“ where local and international experts will present and discuss the current migration situation, as well as the expectations that decision-makers at the local and European Union levels bring to an end the current human rights abuses, prevent the occurence of future abuses, and respect the rule of law.
Candidates for the upcoming European parliamentary elections have been invited to the panel.
Centre for Peace Studies is providing legal aid for asylum seekers, persons with international protection and foreigners in the matters of asylum and status.
Although the HDZ’s Members of European Parliament recently supported Orban in the European Parliament, the Prime Minister Plenković should insist on condemning the Hungarian human rights violations during the today’s meeting with Prime Minister Orban in Zagreb – this is the joint message by civil society organisations: Human Rights House Zagreb, Center for Peace Studies, Croatian Platform for International Citizen Solidarity - CROSOL, GONG and the Welcome! Initiative.
Danube Compass - a platform for facilitating migrants' access to information on their rights and responsibilities
The Danube Compass Platform was presented in Zagreb, Croatia on November 21st to help migrants find their way to economic and social integration in the society to which they have arrived. The Danube Compass covers all major aspects of living: housing, employment, learning the local language, education, health, and everyday life, offering an overview of all the important rights and opportunities depending on the national context of the host country. The platform currently offers information for Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovaki, Hungary and Serbia.
The Ministry of the Interior has denied Centre for Peace Studies (CPS) the access to Reception Centres for asylum seekers, refusing to extend the cooperation agreement to an organization that has provided support to refugees and asylum seekers for 15 years, warned representatives of the Centre for Peace Studies and Human Rights House at the press conference held on Monday 12 November, in front of the Reception Centre in Zagreb. MoI's deliberate explanation for such a decision is the alleged lack of physical space in which activities could be carried out, moreover claiming that there are enough other engaged organizations in the reception centres.