Disability Watchdog: Locked up lives in Croatia

LOCKED UP LIVES – CROATIA – Report on the visit of the Chairman of DPI to Croatia in October 2010

Issue that was addressed:

At the end of September Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a report ‘Croatia Locked up lives’ on the situation of people in institutions in Croatia, with the report they were hoping to draw attention to the importance of the full implementation on article 19 of the UNCRPD.

Thanks to this report at the beginning of October the chairman of Disabled Peoples’ International – DPI participated at the meeting organized by SOIH (The Croatian association for persons with disabilities). The meeting was also attended by Mrs. Ljubica Lukačič, Member of Croatian Parliament.



Measures taken:

The attendants stated at the meeting that HRW didn’t contact any Organizations of persons with disabilities from Croatia. Furthermore they presented the creation of a Law that will offer solutions and reinforce deinstitutionalization in Croatia. The Government is also working on adoption of special statutes for Persons with disabilities and plans to harmonize the legislation that concerns persons with disabilities. From the discussion they were able to see that things are going forward, although there is a question whether the given legislative solutions are in accordance to ENIL principles of Independent living. We also have to take into consideration the fact that Croatia is in a process of creating the law on PA.


DPI chairman has established contacts while attending the meetings with organizations SOIH and UPIM in Zagreb and by that established the possibility for future collaborations with Croatian disability and public authority organizations. DPI is going to prepare a position paper on deinstitutionalization.


Please click on the link below if you want to read the original report from HRW



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