Human Rights Defenders: Challenges and Obstacles

We are publishing this report four years after Human Rights House Zagreb prepared the first thematic report on human rights defenders in Croatia in 2018. The report identifies key issues and challenges faced by human rights defenders in Croatia at the time, such as the lack of public support from politicians and officials, public discreditation and delegitimization, exposure to threats and intimidation, criminalization of human rights work and SLAPP suits, obstructed communication with public authorities and the collapse of intersectoral cooperation, limiting the freedom of assembly through restrictive municipal regulations, weak representation of human rights issues in the media, delays in tenders, the growing administrative burden, and the lack of public funding for long-term programs of civil society organizations in the field of protection and promotion of human rights.