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Croatian Helsinki Committee
TypeNon-governmental organization
HeadquartersZagreb, Croatia

The Croatian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights (CHC; Croatian: Hrvatski helsinški odbor, HHO) is an organisation founded to protect and promote human rights in Croatia. It was founded on 31 March 1993, initially as a branch of the International Helsinki Federation and latterly as a member organisation of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights. Since 14 April 2003, the organization has functioned as a local NGO under Croatian law and is supported by independent academics, journalists and professionals dedicated to protecting and promoting human rights in the country.[1]


It has publicly declared itself dedicated to the following goals:[2]

Members and employees

Croatian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights is an association of up to 30 members.[3] Its professional office involves 10 employees. Membership in the organisation and paid work are strictly separated; the members (including the Chairman, lawyers, etc.) work on a strictly voluntary basis, and employees are not members of the association. [citation needed]

Field offices

Besides the central office in Zagreb CHC also keeps four field offices (Slavonia/Osijek; Vukovar/Karlovac; Knin, Split/ Dubrovnik), by which it ensures coverage of the most critical areas of the country, notably the areas that were directly affected by the war 1991-95. CHC is a member of the International Helsinki Federation, the Human Rights House Network, and the Balkan Human Rights Network; it cooperates with Croatian judiciary, public administration and other relevant institutions, both in dealing with cases of violations of human rights and in developing new systemic solutions. [citation needed]




  1. ^ "CHC - Croatian Helsinki Committee in Zagreb". DevelopmentAid.
  2. ^ "Hrvatski helsinški odbor" [Croatian Helsinki Committee]. Croatian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights.
  3. ^ "Ustrojstvo i članstvo" [Organization and membership]. HHO official web site (in Croatian). Croatian Helsinki Committee. 2 January 2009. Archived from the original on 3 October 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2010.
  4. ^ "Report on the Implementation of the Framework Convention of Council of Europe on the Protection of Minorities in Republic of Croatia". Croatian Helsinki Committee. 1 September 1999.