Coordination meeting „Together for Justice“ and marking of World Refugee Day

On 17 June 2014, CRP Sisak organised a 4th meeting of the coordination „Together for Justice“ within the project „The overall protection response-Creating of new model of inter-sectoral co-operation in protection of national minorities and other socially vulnerable population“, which was financed by the EU through the European Instrument for Democratisation and Human Rights (EIDHR.) Together with UNHCR, CRP marked the World Refugee Day.

 

The main theme was “Free Legal Aid as a Corner Stone in Acquiring Rights.” Namely, the new Law on Free Legal Aid came into force on 1 January 2014. The Law still has some shortcomings and the implementation is problematic. Since the free legal aid is very important for refugees and returnees, as well as for other socially vulnerable population, the meeting tried to raise the awareness of all stakeholders and initiate discussions in order to find joint solutions in cases of violation of human rights of Croatian citizens.

The meeting was held in Sisak City Hall. Participants at the meeting were representatives of the Sisak-Moslavina County, City of Sisak, Red Cross, State Administration County Office, Government Office for Human Rights and Rights of National Minorities, police, Ministry of Justice, Legal Clinic Zagreb, CSOs and others. At the meeting, Milana Kreca, on behalf of CRP, Mario Pavlovic, UNHCR, Alan Uzelac, Legal Clinic, Lidija Zajec, Ministry of Justice, as well as other stakeholders, spoke about the importance of legal aid and all the present agreed that open dialogue and efficient co-operation could result in improvement of system of free legal aid in Croatia.

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