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Human Rights House Zagreb (Kuća ljudskih prava Zagreb) (2020), Human Rights in Croatia: Overview of 2019 (Ljudska prava u Hrvatskoj: pregled stanja za 2019. godinu)

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Type of publication


Geographical coverage


Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution

Civil society organisation


Croatia, Human Rights House Zagreb | Kuća ljudskih prava Zagreb

Main Thematic Focus

Discrimination Hate crime Incitement to hatred or violence Racism & xenophobia Religious freedom

Target Population

General population

Key findings

The report refers to the rights of the refugees in the areas of the access to the right to international protection, access to Croatian territory and illegal pushbacks and the process and aspects of integration into society stating that in 2019, the asylum–granting policy in Croatia was even more restrictive than in 2018. Out of the total of 1986 applications for international protection in 2019, only 157 asylums and one subsidiary protection were approved. In the chapter on the religious rights and freedoms, the report states no progress has been made in 2019 to address the detected problems related to the exercise of religious rights and freedoms.

Methodology (Qualitative/Quantitative and exact type used, questionnaires etc)

The research methodology is based on the United Nations’ Universal Human Rights Index covering all relevant norms and standards of the global human rights protection system adequate for research in national context. The findings were formulated based on research conducted in two stages. The first stage involved the collection of information from secondary sources (media, monitoring of official announcements, statistics, reports by public authorities and ombuds institutions, reviews of civil society reports as well as analysis of relevant legislation). The second stage consisted of consultations with CSOs and academic community based on the systematized findings gathered in the first phase.

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