Asylum and integration policies

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Joint statement related to the visit of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to Croatia

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.

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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.

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MoI denies CPS the access to Reception Centres for asylum seekers!

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.

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Open letter from the Centre for Peace Studies and the Welcome Initiative to the German Embassy in Croatia

On behalf of the Centre for Peace Studies and the Welcome Initiative, we would like to express our concerns regarding German Chancellor Angela Merkel's praise of Croatia three days ago at the press conference in Berlin, after her meeting with Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, which was also highlighted on the German government website. 

 

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Police pressure on human rights activists and lawyers protecting the refugees in Croatia

The civil society organizations Are you Syrious (AYS)?, Centre for Peace Studies, and lawyers Sanja Bezbradica Jelavic and Ivo Jelavic held a press conference on Apr 18 and warned about the pressure that the Croatian Ministry of Interior puts on the attorney's office that protects refugees, as well as against the activists of organizations providing legal and humanitarian protection to refugees.

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European Court of Human Rights: Immediately change the treatment towards Madina's family

Today, the European Court of Human Rights sent an urgent notification of their decision on an interim measure requiring the Croatian Ministry of Interior to immediately place Madina’s  family in an environment where the family will not be exposed to inhumane or degrading treatment. The Court also emphasizes that they are convinced that Croatia will not deport the family to Serbia or Afghanistan until they have answered the questions submitted by the Court.

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Civil Society and New Phenomena of Refugee Migration

The aim of the conference is to open a discussion on the role civil society has in shaping national and EU policy on protection and supporting refugees, influence on public discourse and decision-makers. Also, speakers will discuss possible strategies in overcoming divisions between "new" and "old" EU members over the Common Asylum System and what kind of future and political decisions can be expected with regard to the European system of international protection.