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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.

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Freedom of speech in Croatia costs: Zagreb Pride seeks support and call for solidarity

In a recent decision, the Osijek County Court confirmed the decision of the Zagreb Municipal Court, which found that Zagreb Pride violated personal honor and dignity of Karolina Vidović Krišto, now a former employee of Croatian Radio Television (HRT), by placing her on the annual list of candidates for the most homophobic person of the year in 2013. According to the verdict, Zagreb Pride is obliged to pay 41.018,91 HRK (approximately 5414 EUR or 6028 USD).

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“Development cooperation must begin when the first bullet is fired”

Assistant Foreign Minister Vesna Batistić Kos said at the final panel of Croatia Forum 2015 titled “Lessons Learned: Hidden Dangers and Solutions” that Croatia’s experience in providing and receiving development assistance was invaluable and that small donors like Croatia manage their development means more cautiously, warning that there was not enough strategies to institutionalize first-hand experiences into permanent know-how.

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Greek tragedy directed by the Troika: Where did the European values disappear?

Centre for Peace Studies (CMS), Croatian Platform for International Citizen Solidarity (CROSOL), Association of Croatian Trade Unions, Group 22 and Centre for Labour studies, are expressing deep concern over the serious threat to the fundamental European values of democracy, solidarity, social justice and human rights protection in the case of the current Greek debt crisis. 

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Migrant tragedies, one of many fundamental rights challenges that need tackling

Record numbers of migrants died as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe in 2014. Member States should therefore consider offering more legal possibilities for people in need of international protection to enter the EU, as viable alternatives to risky irregular entry. This is one of the conclusions from this year’s Annual report of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) which looks at developments across the EU in many areas over 2014. 

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