The day before the International Day for Tolerance, on 16 November 2019, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights published its data on hate crimes for 2018.
Human Rights House Zagreb in partnership with the Centre for Peace Studies organizes a panel discussion "Regulation of Hate Speech on Social Networks – Threats to Freedom of Expression" at Croatian Journalist Association venue, Perkovčeva 2, Zagreb, on Wednesday, 13 November 2019 at 10.
Centre for Peace Studies and Human Rights House Zagreb are organizing international conference "Good Practices in combating Hate Crimes and Hate Speech" to be held on Monday, October 21, 2019 at the Croatian Journalist Association in Zagreb.
Dostajemrznje.org hate speech reporting tool was created in collaboration of Centre for Peace Studies, GONG and the Human Rights House Zagreb, in response to the frequent presence of hate speech that has a devastating effect on social cohesion, the values of pluralism, interculturalism and tolerance of others and others.
"Journalists in their work respect, protect and promote fundamental rights and freedoms, and in particular the principle of equality of all citizens. Special responsibility is expected when reporting or commenting on the rights, needs, issues and demands of minority groups. Information on race, color, religious or national affiliation, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, any physical or mental challenges, marital status, life style, social status, property status or educational level, journalist only states if it is highly relevant in the context of the provided information. It is inadmissible to use stereotypes, pejorative expressions, degrading portrayal, as well as any other form of direct or indirect incitement to or discrimination."
Article 13 of the Code of Honor of Croatian Journalists
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.
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.
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.
The fight against discrimination and hate towards minorities still fails to deliver nearly 10 years on
Seventeen years after adoption of EU laws that forbid discrimination, immigrants, descendants of immigrants, and minority ethnic groups continue to face widespread discrimination across the EU and in all areas of life – most often when seeking employment. For many, discrimination is a recurring experience.
Publication "Understanding Racism and Xenophobia" is a new format of the report on racism and xenophobia in Croatia published by CMS for 2013, 2014 and 2015.