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Parliamentary Assembly Session: 21 to 25 June 2010

Croatian President Ivo Josipovic outlines human rights progress in Croatia

Ivo Josipovic

[21/06/2010] In his first address ever before the Parliamentary Assembly as Croatian President, Ivo Josipovic called the role of the Council of Europe ''indispensable'' for promoting human rights and described in detail the condition of democracy, human rights and freedoms in his country. He outlined progress made and challenges still to be faced with regard to minority rights, refugees and displaced persons, fighting corruption, reforming the judiciary, cooperating with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and working with neighbours in the Balkans to improve regional stability. He expressed ''his conviction that the Republic of Croatia is in the final stage of negotiations for accession to the European Union as the 28th member''.