Public Defender’s visit to Zagreb

On the 11th and 12th of May in Zagreb, Croatia the Public Defender of Georgia Ucha Nanuashvili and the Chief Specialist of International Human Rights Law Lara Jamarauli attended International Conference, organized on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Ombudsman's Act of Croatia, by the Ombudswoman Lora Vidović.

Almost 50 representatives of the human rights institutions and organizations from the entire Europe as well as numerous guests gathered at the Conference, titled „Reclaiming human rights in Europe: How to enhance the democratic space? “which offered a chance to discuss the most current issues in this field – counter-terrorism, freedom of expression and living together, as well as the role of human rights institutions and equality bodies in preserving democracy and the rule of law.

The conference speakers included the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks, director of the European Agency for Fundamental Rights Michael O'Flaherty, former OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović, Chair of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions and Director of the German Institute for Human Rights Beate Rudolf, President of the International Ombudsman Institute and Ombudsman of Ireland Peter Tyndall, Chair of the European Equality Bodies Network and Executive Director of the Northern Ireland Commission for Equality Evelyn Collins, as well as the UNDP and OHCHR representatives and many others.

In addition, On the 11th of May Public Defender attended the meeting of the European Coordinating Committee (ECC) of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI). Members of the Committee discussed administrative, management and financial issues of the Network.

The Public Defender of Georgia has been a member of the European Coordinating Committee (ECC) ENNHRI’s governing body, for the second consecutive year. ECC comprises a group of NHRIs elected from amongst ENNHRI’s members and led by its Chair. The ECC, along with ENNHRI’S Permanent Secretariat, is responsible for ENNHRI’s management and administration.

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