Implementation issues

AuthorBojic, Ines
8.1 Dissemination of information, dialogue with NGOs and between social
a) Dissemination of information about legal protection against discrimination (Article
All four ombudspersons are active in this field.
The most publicly visible is the Ombudsman’s office as the central body for protection
against discrimination. Information about discrimination in general and the work of the
Ombudsperson’s office are brought to the attention of persons concerned through various
media (TV, radio, internet, Twitter, Vimeo, etc). Such means, especially the
Ombudsperson’s website, could be used to a greater extent to disseminate more detailed
information on various forms of discrimination and protection mechanisms. In that
respect, the websites of the Gender Equality Ombudsperson and the Disability
Ombudsman are much more informative and useful for potential victims of
Further, all the ombudspersons are active in organising seminars, roundtables and
During 2019 they held numerous workshops and seminars, education sessions, lectures
as well national and international events, conferences and expert meetings with foreign
delegations and representatives of institutions, civil society organisations, state officials
and students.
b) Measures to encourage dialogue with NGOs with a view to promoting the principle
Article 15 of the Anti-discrimination Act states that the Ombudsperson has to consult
social partners, civil society organisations dealing with human rights, organisations
dealing with the protection of the rights of various marginalised and minority groups,
churches and religious organisations as well as the National Council for National
A series of meetings/consultations dedicated to different grounds of discrimination were
held with different NGOs and human rights institutions. According to Article 15, the
Ombudsperson has to consult the stakeholders mentioned when submitting his or her
annual Report to the Croatian Parliament, as well as when drafting his or her opinions
and recommendations.
c) Measures to promote dialogue between social partners to give effect to the principle
of equal treatment within workplace practices, codes of p ractice, workforce
Article 15 of the Anti-discrimination Act obliges the Ombudsperson to consult not only
with civil society organisations and other organisations dealing with the protection of
human rights, but also with social partners. According to the Anti-discrimination Act,
social partners are representative associations of trade unions and higher-level
436 Gender Equality Ombudsperson,
437 Anti-discrimination Act, Article 15 (2).

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