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Human Rights Concerns

The legacy of the 1991-95 wars continued to overshadow human rights. Impunity for war crimes remained widespread and the Croatian judicial system failed to adequately address wartime human rights violations, regardless of the ethnicity of the victims or of the perpetrators. At least 300,000 Croatian Serbs left Croatia or were displaced during the 1991-95 wars, of whom only some 125,000 were officially registered as having returned. Romani children lacked full access to primary education. Reported incidences of domestic violence remained high.

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February 22, 2016 • Press Release

Amnesty International’s Annual State of the World Report Slams Governments, Including the U.S., for Global Assault on Freedoms

On the launch of its 2015 State of the World report, Amnesty International USA urged President Obama to use his last year in office to bring U.S. laws and policies in line with international human rights standards.

February 18, 2016 • Press Release

Your rights in jeopardy, global assault on freedoms, warns Amnesty International

International protection of human rights is in danger of unravelling as short-term national self-interest and draconian security crackdowns have led to a wholesale assault on basic freedoms and rights, warned Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world. “Your rights are in jeopardy: they are being treated with utter contempt by many governments around the world,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

February 18, 2016 • Report

Amnesty International State of the World 2015-2016

International protection of human rights is in danger of unravelling as short-term national self-interest and draconian security crackdowns have led to a wholesale assault on basic freedoms and rights, warned Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world. “Your rights are in jeopardy: they are being treated with utter contempt by many governments around the world,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

October 24, 2015 • Press Release

EU-Balkans Summit must avert a looming refugee disaster as winter nears

Leaders from states along the main refugee route through the Balkans and Central Europe cannot walk out of yet another meeting in Brussels on Sunday without a workable plan of action that protects refugees’ needs and rights, Amnesty International said today.

October 19, 2015 • Press Release

Hundreds of refugees and asylum-seekers stranded in dire conditions overnight on Croatia/Slovenia border

Croatian and Slovenian authorities must urgently come up with effective solutions as hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers who were stranded overnight between the two countries’ border checkpoints are soon to be joined by thousands more, Amnesty International urged today.

February 25, 2015 • Report

State of the World 2014/2015

This has been a devastating year for those seeking to stand up for human rights and for those caught up in the suffering of war zones. Governments pay lip service to the importance of protecting civilians. And yet the world's politicians have miserably failed to protect those in greatest need. Amnesty International believes that this can and must finally change.

May 17, 2013 • Report

Annual Report: Croatia 2013

REPUBLIC OF CROATIA Head of state Ivo Josipović Head of government Zoran Milanović Despite some progress in prosecuting crimes under international law committed during the 1991-1995 war, the measures taken to address impunity remained inadequate. Many crimes allegedly committed by members of the Croatian Army and police forces against Croatian Serbs and other minorities remained …

June 6, 2012 • Press Release

Croatian Authorities Must Tackle Homophobic and Transphobic Crime

Ahead of Split Pride on June 9, Amnesty International finds inadequate protection against and investigation into LGBT hate crimes in Croatia.

June 11, 2011 • Press Release

Amnesty International reaction to violence against Croatia Pride march

Amnesty International's response to violence against participants in the "Different Families, Same Rights" Pride march in Split which led to the event having to be stopped.

March 27, 2011 • Press Release

Croatia: Amnesty International Urges Croatian Authorities to Investigate War Crimes Committed during 1991-1995 War

Amnesty International Press ReleaseFor Immediate ReleaseFriday, January 21, 2011 Amnesty International Urges Croatian Authorities to Investigate War Crimes Committed during 1991-1995 War—Following Key European Court of Human Rights ruling that Victims Can Seek Justice Internationally Contact: AIUSA media relations office, 202-509-8194 (Washington, D.C.) Amnesty International is again urging the Croatian authorities to investigate war crimes …