Human rights ombudswoman Lora Vidovic on Friday warned that by not adopting her 2015 report on Friday, parliament was putting political pressure on the independence of that institution, adding that the report had been approved by the relevant parliamentary committees by all members.
"I regret that I have to ascertain that the past two days of debate in a half empty chamber in parliament were dedicated exclusively to ideological and value differences and not the problems that citizens themselves recognise as being important which is why they submit complaints," Vidovic said, recalling that the report consisting of more than 50 thematic chapters describes the reality with which citizens are faced with.
Vidovic believes that the result of the vote in parliament is confirmation that Croatia needs to continue with critical debate and propose systematic changes directed toward better human rights and suppression of discrimination.
Croatian citizens' working, social, economic and other rights continue to be violated every day or are seriously threatened while discrimination continues to be a significant problem year in and year out, according to ombudswoman.
She added that she hoped that the 160 recommendations made in the 2015 report would not be a dead letter and that they would, nevertheless, be implemented in the aim of better protecting human rights and a stronger fight against discrimination in Croatia. "We will continue to monitor their implementation and at the same time work on the challenges that continue to exist in 2016," she said.