Procedural Rights Observed by the Camera – AV Recording of Interrogations in the EU: Report for Croatia

This international project “Procedural rights observed by the camera – Audiovisual recording of interrogations in the EU (ProCam)”, supported by the European Commission, aims at mapping the link between audiovisual recording of interrogations and the enforcement of the rights of defendants, with special regard to the rights of vulnerable defendants and the rights enshrined in Directive 2013/48/EU on access to a lawyer, along with an EU-wide identification of good practice of recording interrogations of vulnerable persons and understanding concerns about audiovisual recording of interrogations. The project included an analysis of the legal framework and the statistical data, and an empirical research. Results are summarized in the present country report.

The importance of appearances: How suspects and accused persons are presented in public and in the media – Legal Framework and Practice in Croatia

The main objective of the report is to contribute to the proper application of Directive 2016/343 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2016 on the strengthening of certain aspects of the presumption of innocence and of the right to be present at the trial in criminal proceedings, reducing the number of instances in which suspected and accused persons are presented to the courts and the public, including as through the media, in ways that create a perception of guilt. This reports gives an overview of practice and legal framework in Croatia.

Research report: The importance of appearances – How suspects and accused persons are presented in public and in the media

The principle of presumption of innocence is contained in the chapter on the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms of the Constitution of the Republic of Croatia, according to which everyone is presumed innocent and may not be held guilty of a criminal offense until such guilt is proven by a binding court judgment. The aim of this research report is to find are the media presentation of suspects and accused persons are in line with principles of presumption of innocence in Croatia. For purposes of this study, random sampling of articles was conducted in: 5 national daily newspapers with the largest circulation (Večernji list, Jutarnji list, 24 sata, Novi list, Slobodna Dalmacija), 3 weekly newspapers (7 dnevno, Globus, Nacional), 3 news portals not affiliated with print (,, T-portal) and in TV stories broadcast during the main news bulletins in the prime time on public-broadcasting channel (HRT1 Dnevnik) and on 2 private channels (NovaTV and RTL) with a primary focus on the news and with biggest viewership to the news. In the sampling period, a total of 245 news items were collected.

Human Rights in Croatia: Overview of 2018

Human Rights in Croatia: Overview for 2018 is the annual report of the Human Rights House Zagreb and civil society organisations dedicated to protecting and promoting human rights in various spheres of social life. This extensive and systematic annual overview aims to provide an insight into the violations, problems, challenges and controversies in the field of protecting and promoting human rights in 2018 in Croatia.

Examples of Good Practices in Combating Discrimination at the Local Level

The report “Examples of Good Practices in Combating Discrimination at the Local Level” was produced as part of the “Network of Cities and NGOs for Combating Racism and Discrimination” project carried out since November 2017 by the Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR), the Human Rights House Zagreb (HRH) and the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement (EGAM). The project aims to improve local-level protection mechanisms against discrimination and racism by encouraging cooperation between cities and local civil society organisations. It seeks to enhance inter-sectoral cooperation in Croatia and provide an insight into local and international standards and approaches to combating discrimination and racism in order to foster local stakeholders’ engagement around these issues.  Along with highlighting the importance of combating discrimination at the local level, this report collects and presents examples of good practice that might be useful to local communities in Croatia as guidelines in adopting concrete measures to combat discrimination and promote diversity within their community.

V-START Guide for victims of hate crimes

Publication "Guide for victims of hate crimes" is a part of framework of a transnational project ‘V-START - Victim Support Through Awareness Raising and neTworking’, implemented by COSPE – Coopera- tion for the Development of Emerging Countries (Italy), Human Rights House Zagreb (Croatia), ZARA - Civil Courage and An- ti-Racism Work (Austria), and EFMS – European Forum for Mi- gration Studies (Germany). Publication focuses on the protection of victims of crime, in particular, racist and homophobic hate crimes. The publication in a concise manner provides an overview of the most important terms and provides an overview of the rights of victims of hate crimes, injured parties and witnesses. The publication is also available in Croatian, Arabic and Farsi.

Human rights defenders in Croatia – obstacles and challenges

Thematic report Human rights defenders in Croatia - obstacles and challenges reports on the most significant challenges and obstacles faced by certain groups of human rights defenders in Croatia. This thematic report was compiled in order to gain an insight into the conditions under which they are working, and to serve as the groundwork for constructive dialogue with public authorities and other social stakeholders, with the objective of continuing to build a stimulating environment for protecting and promoting human rights.

Rights of Defenders – Principles and Standards Protecting and Empowering Human Rights Work

“Rights of Defenders” aims to promote and build understanding of international standards that protect and support human rights defenders. The booklet is divided into 16 standards, inspired by the strong content of landmark resolutions related to human rights defenders and their work. It condenses the main points of each standard as outlined in the resolutions. It is a tool for human rights defenders, providing clear, accessible, and targeted insight into the standards and the context that surrounds them. Defenders can use it to disseminate standards nationally, engage with authorities and hold them accountable to the commitments they make internationally, and initiate national conversations on the importance of human rights defenders and their work.

V-START “Support System for Victims of Hate Crime in Croatia”

Hate crimes committed against persons or property are a daily reality throughout the EU. In many EU countries, policies aimed at combating hate crime focus primarily on sanctioning perpetrators, and only secondary to victim protection, partly due to limited understanding of the specificity of hate crimes and the consequences of such a crime for vulnerable groups. For this reason, Human Rights House Zagreb published a report "Support System for Victims of Hate Crime in Croatia", which is the result of a survey conducted in Croatia within the transnational project "V-START - Support to Victims through Raising awareness and networking". The project focuses on the protection of victims of criminal acts, particularly racist and homophobic hate crimes, and aims to contribute to a better understanding of the specificity of hate crimes and the correct implementation of Directive 012/29 / EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012. on establishing minimum standards for the rights, support and protection of victims of criminal offences.  The report finds that hate crime is insufficiently recognised in Croatia, both by the bodies in whose purview it is to participate in identifying, monitoring and prosecuting it, and by the society as a whole, including its very victims. There is a significant problem of non-reporting of hate crime because the victims are insufficiently informed that it is a criminal offence, or due to fear of retaliation by the perpetrator and lack of trust in the efficiency of the system, that is, due to fear that the crime will not be adequately prosecuted, the perpetrator punished and the victim protected.

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