Croatia has shown humanitarianism and morality in the refugee crisis, Human Rights Ombudswoman Lora Vidovic said on Monday, opening a branch office in the southern Croatian town of Split.
Vidovic expressed gratitude to the Croatian police for their assistance in the field in extremely difficult circumstances and who, she said, have acted professionally without resorting to violence. She underscored the efforts of Dr. Shukry Nazir who originally came from Syria and has lived in the eastern border town of Tovarnik for thirty years. "His assistance deserves official valorisation," Vidovic said.
Vidovic explained that citizens in Dalmatia could approach the Human Rights Ombudswoman's Office if they feel their human rights are being jeopardised or if they are being discriminated against due to ethnicity or for any other reason.
She added that her branch offices cooperated with state bodies at all levels but acted independently. Even though our offices are being leased to us by the city of Split, that does not mean that we will not act professionally if we receive any complaints about city authorities, she said.
Split Mayor Ivo Baldasar said that he was pleased the Human Rights Ombudswoman's Office would be available in Split, adding that the town did not receive many complaints. Often people don't understand the City's responsibilities, and complaints received often relate to other government bodies, and citizens are then directed to the relevant institution, he said.
The Human Rights Ombudswoman's Office received more than 2,500 complaints last year, it was said at the opening of the Split branch office.