Combating discrimination

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How much violence was committed out of Hate in 2017?

Together with partnering civil society organizations (Human Rights House Zagreb, Youth Initiative for Human Rights, Serb National Council, GONG and Documenta - Center for Dealing with the Past), Centre for Peace Studies participated in reporting of violent incidents committed out of hatred for ODIHR's yearly report that was published today, on 16 November 2018, International Day for Tolerance, available at ODIHR's web pages.

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Croatia: End Confinement of People with Disabilities - Ensure Right to Live in the Community, Quality Support Services

Croatia’s government should end the confinement of children and adults in institutions, five disabled people’s and human rights organizations said today in a letter to Prime Minister Andrej Plenković. Despite some initial progress, the process of moving people out of institutions and into community-based living has stalled, the groups said.

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PROJECT AGAINST HATE

In Croatia, hate speech is on the rise – discriminatory, inflammable and discrediting content can be seen and heard in public and transmitted through the media - although Croatia has very good legislative framework that prohibits hate speech (or “incitement to hate”) through not just Penal Code (Article 325) but also through Anti-discrimination Act (under Article 25 on harassment). However, prohibition under the law is not enough – we are still lacking prosecution - or quality case law that could serve as prevention mechanism to the public and to the ones using hate speech. 

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FRA presents guidance from across the EU on combating hate crime

We are seeing hate crime against religious minorities and migrants around the EU on a daily basis. In response, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is today publishing a compendium of good practices from across the EU on how to combat hate crime. This is the culmination of work by the Working Party on combating hate crime, to be presented today at a meeting of the Working Party in cooperation with the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the EU.

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Backlash on the Freedom of Speech

After the Osijek County Court recently ruled that with its newspaper article "Homophobe and Homofriend 2013" the Zagreb Pride association had harmed the dignity, honour and reputation of journalist Karolina Vidovic Kristo, Zagreb Pride said on Monday that the ruling restricted freedom of speech and censored its work.