• In absence of safe and legal pathways people will freeze and die in front of our doors

    Posted on November 29, 2018 by Lovorka Sosic in News.

    In the past few days, it snowed in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and temperatures during the night are below zero for several days already. We are now facing the situation about which activists, volunteers, and organizations alerted for a long time. According to the UNHCR data, by the beginning of June, 7 600 people arrived in Bosnia and Herzegovina, […]

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  • Another complaint against Croatia at ECtHR

    Posted on November 22, 2018 by Lovorka Sosic in News.

    Welcome! Initiative and GOOD Initiative advocate for the urgent inclusion of asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors in the Croatian education system. The request was issued on the occasion of the Universal Children’s Day, and the Global Education Week, with forging the Recommendation for Inclusion of Asylum Seekers and Refugee Children in the Formal Education. Namely, children without parental care or legal guardian are in […]

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  • Enough of violence and criminalization of solidarity

    Posted on October 17, 2018 by Lovorka Sosic in News.

    On the occasion of the International Day of Non-violence marked on October 2nd, activists of the Welcome Initiative demanded termination of violence against refugees at the borders. The activists performed an action in front of the building of the Croatian Government while holding images of the injury’s refugees had gotten from the border police, according […]

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  • Father Is Looking For His Five-Year-Old Daughter After Being Separated By The Croatian Police

    Posted on October 1, 2018 by Lovorka Sosic in News.

    For days now, there is a search for 5-year-old Syrian girl Allsa who got separated from her father after an illegal expulsion from Croatia. According to her father, he and his daughter traveled together with another refugee family from Iraq. Since they were hungry and exhausted Allsa stayed with the Iraqi family while her father went […]

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  • Violence should never be justified

    Posted on September 14, 2018 by Lovorka Sosic in News.

    The Office of the Ombudswoman published an information about daily inquires of the domestic and foreign media about Croatian policy towards refugees, allegations of violence against them and disabling access to international protection. They confirmed that the Gender Equality Ombudswoman opened several cases investigating these allegations, based on complaints from refugees, civil society organizations and international organizations, […]

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  • Open letter from the Centre for Peace Studies and the Welcome Initiative to the German Embassy in Croatia

    Posted on August 31, 2018 by Lovorka Sosic in News, Uncategorized.

    On behalf of the Centre for Peace Studies and the Welcome Initiative, we would like to express our concerns regarding German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s praise of Croatia three days ago at the press conference in Berlin, after her meeting with Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, which was also highlighted on the German government website.   […]

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  • Sicily shows solidarity

    Posted on August 29, 2018 by Lovorka Sosic in News.

    In Croatia, there are currently about 300 asylum seekers in the reception centers in Zagreb and Kutina, among which part of them was returned from the other Member States according to the so-called Dublin Decree, resettled from Turkey, or previously stayed in BiH and Serbia. At the last week’s session of the Government, the Ministry […]

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  • One in five displaced women are victims of sexual violence

    Posted on August 23, 2018 by Lovorka Sosic in Uncategorized.

    Germany made an agreement with Greece to return refugees who applied for international protection in Greece and later came to Germany through the Austrian border. According to the media reports, not a lot of people will get affected by this agreement, but the similar agreement was made with Spain and is expected with Italy.   To recall, […]

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  • Closed borders kill humans!

    Posted on August 14, 2018 by Lovorka Sosic in News.

    Yesterday, two Syrians died in the forest area near Dražnice. This morning police announced that these people were victims of a rockslide. The other 10 refugees who traveled with them expressed their intention to seek international protection, and are currently placed in the Reception Center Porin. This tragic event, as many before, could have been avoided, only if […]

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  • EUROPE IS IMPLEMENTING “PASS THE BUCK” APPROACH

    Posted on July 23, 2018 by Lovorka Sosic in News.

    The long-awaited and expected renovation of the Reception Center in Zagreb, better known as the hotel Porin, finally started. First up for renovation is the left wing of the Reception Center, precisely 56 rooms. Due to the small number of asylum seekers that are currently in the Reception Center, just over 200 people, the original plans […]

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