• Croatia, the newest European Union member state as of July 1, 2013, faces ongoing challenges in human rights protection. People with mental and intellectual disabilities remain stuck in institutions despite a national strategy to move towards community-based living arrangements. Reception centers for asylum seekers and refugees are overcrowded, and unaccompanied migrant children lack special protection. Greater efforts are needed to protect the rights of ethnic Serbs and Roma, including improving access to a program designed to help Serbs stripped of housing rights during the war, and facilitating access to medical care and education for Roma who lack identity documents.

  • Apr 27, 2015
    (New York) – The Croatian government should urgently heed the calls by United Nations disability rights experts to improve its disability rights record, Human Rights Watch said today. On April 17, 2015, the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recommended that the Croatian government should do more to protect the rights of people with disabilities, including legal reform and ensuring that everyone with a disability who is in an institution has the opportunity to move into the community.
  • Mar 25, 2015