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Concluding Observations, CEDAW/C/HRV/CO/4-5, 15 July 2015: Croatia

C. Principal areas of concern and recommendations

Lesbian, bisexual and transgender women

38. The Committee notes with concern discrimination, including by the judiciary and law enforcement personnel, against lesbian, bisexual and transgender women, in addition to the inadequacy of measures taken to combat hate speech against them, including the tendency to prosecute such offences under misdemeanour law rather than hate crime provisions.

39. The Committee recommends that the State party take appropriate measures to enable lesbian, bisexual and transgender women to fully enjoy their human rights. In doing so, the State party should pay particular attention to ensuring the training of its judiciary and law enforcement personnel on non ‑ discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, pursuant to its Gender Equality Act of 2008 (arts. 6, 13, 16, 31 and 36). It should also take measures to ensure adequate protection from hate speech and the prosecution of perpetrators with timely and commensurate sanctions. Link to full text of the report:

Link to full text of the report: Concluding Observations-CEDAW-Croatia-2015-eng