News - February 2014

 - 17 February 2014: In today’s press release, Minority Rights Group Europe (MRG) expressed concern regarding the recent demand for a referendum to limit the use of minority languages in public life in Croatia. According to MRG, if successful, it could lead to an infringement of key rights, and adds that the referendum claim should be assessed by the Constitutional Court.

MRG encourages President Ivo Josipovic to support measures to protect the language rights of minorities in Croatia and to facilitate talks between different communities. MRG is concerned that so shortly after acceding to the EU, which required Croatia to realize certain standards with regard to the rights of minorities, these achievements may be discarded. According to MRG, this referendum could set a precedent leading to a greater retraction of minority rights in Croatia and will set a negative example for other countries currently in the accession process.

Press release can be found here.

Minority Rights Group International is the leading international human rights organization working to secure the rights of ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities and indigenous peoples and works with more than 150 partners in over 50 countries. Center for Peace – Vukovar and MRG have been closely cooperating since 2001.

 

- 12 – 13 February 2014, Vukovar:  Association for Promotion of Human Rights and Media Freedoms CENSORSHIP PLUS from Split and the Centre for Peace, Legal Advice and Psychosocial Assistance - Vukovar, organized an educational training for state administration employees, local and regional government, legal and natural persons with legal authorities, titled "I Choose Society Without Discrimination". The training was organized within the framework of the European Commission project.

Educational training was organized in with an aim to familiarize participants, through an interactive relationship with the trainers, with legislative and institutional frameworks governing anti-discrimination issues, both in domestic legislation and the legislation of the European Union.
 
Trainers from the Office of the Ombudsman were Mrs. Silvija Trgovec Grief and Mrs. Nikolina Patalen, and on belahf of the Center for Peace Vukovar Mr. Branislav Tekić and Mr. Drago Pepić.

 

- 10 February 2014, Zagreb: Celebratory presentation of the projects which have been awarded grants following the Call “Supporting CSOs Advocacy and Motivation Programmes for Socially Excluded Groups" of the 4th Component of IPA Operational Programme - Human Resources DevelopmentAt was organized at the Europe House in Zagreb.

On the basis of the Call, eleven civil society organizations, including the Center for Peace, Legal Advice and Psychosocial Assistance - Vukovar, were awarded grants in the amount of 1,008,718.04 EUR.

Center for Peace - Vukovar is implementing the project in collaboration with the Institute STINE and the Association of Roma Friendship "Luna", while the project is being supported through PGF Croatia.

The aim of the Call, which was prepared by the Office for NGOs in cooperation with the National Foundation for Civil Society is to strengthen the capacities and skills of civil society organizations to advocate for policies aimed at promoting employability, social inclusion and improving the quality of life of all Croatian citizens with a special emphasis on vulnerable social groups.