ECTR holds a hearing in the Croatian Parliament

12-03-2014

On the 12th of March 2014, the ECTR participated in a parliamentary hearing in Zagreb, Croatia before a joint session of The Human Rights Committee and the Judiciary Committee of the Croatian Parliament. Aside of the MP’s from both Commissions, also representatives from other Commissions were present, including for Constitutional Affairs.

The Hearing was organized on the invitation of Mr. Josip Leko, the Speaker of the Croatian Parliament.

The ECTR has presented to the MP’s the European Framework Statute on Tolerance. The presentation was welcomed with interest and a lively discussion on the ECTR proposal followed. The ECTR was glad to acknowledge significant achievements of Croatia’s legislature in adopting progressive solutions to national Law in the area of human rights and tolerance. Two particular subjects were discussed in detail, namely that of Holocaust and other genocide denial and on Migrants.

Both sides have agreed, that due to the position of Croatia (member of NATO and EU), Zagreb is a good starting point further discussions on the ECTR Framework Statute in the western Balkans area. The Chair of both Commissions have also agreed to utilize the ECTR project in legislative proposals, elaborated in the future.

The ECTR presentation was carried out by Prof. Yoram Dinstein, Prof. Rein Mullerson and Dr. Ireneusz Bil.