ethnic minorities

President says Croatia tolerant, marginal groups shouldn't be given attention

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Tuesday condemned the frequent incidents motivated by hate and intolerance and said marginal movements and isolated cases should not be given too much attention.

Youth who posted anti-Serb stickers in Vukovar placed in custody

Following a police investigation, a 19-year-old youth from the eastern town of Vukovar, suspected of posting anti-Serb stickers on bus stops along the town's Trpinjska Street, has been placed in custody on the suspicion of inciting violence and hatred, the county police department said on Monday.

Guterres: Rights of minorities, migrants are under attack

The human rights of minorities and migrants are being attacked by populists and by governments that shirk their responsibilities to protect refugees, UN chief Antonio Guterres said Monday at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Croatian government condemns extremism

The Croatian government on Sunday condemned all forms of extremism and acts of provocative nature aimed against the Serb minority in Vukovar as well as the rally organised by the Autochthonous Croatian Party of Rights (A-HSP) in Zagreb on Friday.

19-year-old men arrested for putting up anti-Serb stickers in Vukovar, minister condemns incident

Police have arrested a 19-year-old man, suspected of putting up anti-Serb stickers reading  "Serbian Family Tree" with an image of people hanging from a tree and the face of Ante Pavelic, Croatian fascist dictator who led the World War II Ustasha movement and the Independent State of Croatia (NDH), at bus stops along Trpinjska Street in the eastern Croatian town of Vukovar.

Croatia-Hungary committee on minorities meets after four-year hiatus

The Croatia-Hungary Intergovernmental Committee for the implementation of the agreement on the protection of the rights of the respective ethnic minorities met in Zagreb on Thursday after a four-year hiatus.

Croatian-Czech Society marks 25th anniversary

The Croatian-Czech Society (HCD) celebrated a quarter century since its foundation in Zagreb on Wednesday evening and the occasion was marked by the launch of a book, "The Croatian-Czech Society: The First 25 Years".

Serbia's EU negotiator says minority rights neglected

The head of the Serbia's European Union accession negotiation team, Tanja Miscevic, said in Novi Sad on Wednesday that minority rights had been neglected for many years and added that positive results in that regard cannot be achieved over night, the Beta news agency has reported. 

Hanukkah marked by menorah lighting in Zagreb's Main Square

A ceremony of menorah lighting in Zagreb's Main Square on Saturday evening was held to celebrate this year's eight-day Hanukkah holiday in Croatia, with the president of the Jewish organisation "Menora", Rabbi Pinhas Zaklos, and Mayor Milan Bandic kindling together the eighth light.

Dacic says comparison of Serbs in Croatia, Croats in Serbia 'tragicomic'

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic described on Thursday as "tragicomic" the argument that the position of Croats in Serbia was worse than the position of Serbs in Croatia, adding that Serbia wanted good relations with Croatia.

Poverty rate among Roma in Croatia higher than in EU

Widespread poverty makes the lives of Roma miserable, Roma families are being excluded from society, live in shocking conditions, while children with little education face bleak prospects for the future, according to the Second European Union Minorities and Discrimination Survey (EU-MIDIS II): Roma, published by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) on Tuesday.

Round table on Croat minority in Serbia and Serb minority in Croatia

A round table entitled "The importance of the Croat national minority in Serbia and the Serb national minority in Croatia in the European integration of Serbia and in building stability in Southeast Europe" was held in Zagreb on Tuesday, bringing together academics from Croatia and Serbia and political representatives of Croats in Serbia and Serbs in Croatia, who drew attention to the problems of the minority communities in the two countries.

President promises support to ethnic Croats outside Croatia

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Friday said that Croatia's institutions should provide Croatian minorities in other countries with full support and underscored that "young people in our minority communities have a special role to play in the preservation of Croatian roots, continuation of tradition and connections with the Homeland.."

4 Serb reps say Pupovac, SDSS, SNV breaching constitutional law on ethnic minority rights

The letter was signed by the chairmen of Serb ethnic minority councils in Istria, Primorje-Gorski Kotar, Pozega-Slavonia and Karlovac counties.

Preschool facility for Roma children in Sisak opens

The project was launched jointly by the town of Sisak and the UNICEF office in Croatia, while the furniture company IKEA supported it  with a donation.

Minority MP: We agreed to support Plenkovic as PM-designate

The representative of the Hungarian minority in the Croatian parliament, Robert Jankovics, said on Friday that the national minorities had agreed to support Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic as the future prime minister-designate, underscoring that minorities needed to be an element of stability in the country.

HDZ chief seeks support of all ethnic minorities

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic, who is the likeliest Prime Minister-Designate after the September 11 early parliamentary elections, on Friday held talks with the eight elected representatives of ethnic minorities

Minority MPs preparing possible agreement with new gov't together

Elected representatives of ethnic minorities on Wednesday held the first meeting regarding the formation of their parliamentary club of deputies, after which they said that they were agreed that all eight minority MPs would define a single platform for talks on a possible agreement with the new government.

SDSS wins all three Serb minority seats in parliament

Preliminary results of Sunday's early parliamentary election show that the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) won 61 seats in the 151-seat parliament, while its main rival, the People's Coalition led by the Social Democratic Party (SDP), captured 54 seats.

Pupovac: Patriarch Bartholomew I is man of dialogue

Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople is a person of dialogue and has come here to encourage dialogue, Croatian Serb leader Milorad Pupovac said in Zagreb on Friday after the spiritual leader of the Orthodox Christians arrived in Croatia for a visit.

Two presidents attend opening of renovated Calvinist school in NE Croatia

Croatian and Hungarian Presidents Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Janos Ader on Wednesday evening visited the village of Karanac, northeast Croatia, to attend the opening of the renovated school of the Protestant Reformed Christian Church.

Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople, to visit Croatia

Bartholomew I, the current Archbishop of Constantinople, will visit Zagreb on 9 September, according to a press release from the Serbian Orthodox Church.

Festival of ethnic minorities taking place in Lipovljani

The Lipovljani Encounters bringing together representatives of ethnic minorities in Croatia were opened in the town of Lipovljani, 90 kilometres east of Zagreb, on Saturday under the auspices of Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic. 

Italian minority MP says minority platform basis for agreement on future cooperation

Furio Radin, an independent candidate in Constituency No. 12, which covers the entire country and where ethnic minorities elect their representatives to the Croatian parliament, said in Pula on Fridaythat members of Parliament representing ethnic minorities had not agreed cooperation with any of the current coalitions and that the basis for an agreement would be a platform to be published soon.

Pupovac says doesn't fear competition for Serb minority seats in Croatian parliament

The Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS) on Friday submitted to the State Election Commission candidacies for three representatives of the Serb ethnic minority that will run Constituency no.12.

Italian, Hungarian minority MPs: Who accepts our platforms will get our votes

Italian minority MP Furio Radin and Hungarian minority MP Sandor Juhas said in Pula on Thursday that if re-elected in the September 11 polls, they would present their platforms and see if the new government accepted them.

Plenkovic: Serbia cannot lecture Croatia

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic, responding to a call by Serbia's minister of justice for Brussels to react to alleged glorification of terrorists and neo-Nazi ideology in Croatia,  on Wednesday said that Serbia "cannot lecture" Croatia as member of the European Union (EU) which had fulfilled all its requirements.

Top state and church officials extend best wishes on Ramadam Bayram

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Monday extended her best wishes to all Muslim believers in Croatia on the occasion of Ramadan Bayram.

New party representing Serb minority holds inaugural session

A new party of the Serb minority in Croatia -- the Democratic Alliance of Serbs (DSS) -- on Monday held its inaugural session at which the party leadership announced the DSS will be an alternative to the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS) at the coming parliamentary election in Constituency no. 12 in which representatives of ethnic minorities were being elected.

Ethnic Croats looking forward to talks between Grabar-Kitarovic and Vucic

"It should be underscored that for the first time in four years representatives of the Croat community in Serbia will have an opportunity for meeting Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic.

Ethnic minorities' caucus to support PM Oreskovic's impeachment

The parliamentary caucus of ethnic minorities decided unanimously on Tuesday to support the motion by the ruling HDZ party for the impeachment of Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic, Hungarian minority MP Sandor Juhas confirmed on Wednesday.  

Ethnic minorities mark their day in Zagreb

The City of Zagreb on Sunday organised an event marking the day of 22 ethnic minorities that live in the Croatia capital, and representatives of 18 minorities joined in the event.

Serb minority MP says not participating in talks on gov't reshuffle, but contact exists

Milorad Pupovac, a parliamentary deputy of the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS), said on Monday that he was not participating in talks with the HDZ on a government reshuffle, but he admitted that "there has been contact" with different sides.

Court issues fine in case of discrimination against Croat in Serbian province

After the sentence was delivered, Krstin said that "if he ever gets that money," he would donate it to a charity.

Council of Europe warns about surge in nationalism, radicalisation in Croatia

The Council of Europe warned on Wednesday that a surge in nationalism and radicalisation in Croatia negatively affected minorities, notably those living in areas directly affected by the 1990s war.

Bosnian Serb leader resents bishop's comparison of Banja Luka and Bleiburg

In his open letter, Dodik said that with his statement Komarica hit a raw nerve, namely the issue of victims of Ustasha crimes committed in World War II, whom he described as "the holiest martyrs."

Ethnic Croats want guaranteed seat in Serbia's parliament

Addressing the press, Foreign Minister Kovac and his interlocutors expressed hope that Serbia's authorities would soon start implementing the bilateral treaty and thus enable the Croats to have at least one seat allocated for their representative.

Croat minority leaders warn of "anti-Croat hysteria" in Serbia

Anti-Croat sentiment is running high in Serbia following Croatia's decision not to approve the opening of Chapter 23 in EU-Serbia accession negotiations, leaders of the Croat minority in Serbia said on Monday.

President meets with representatives of antifascists and ethnic minorities

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and representatives of antifascists and ethnic minorities agreed at a meeting on Monday on the need to open dialogue on all outstanding issues, the President's Office said in a statement.

Festival of Tolerance taking place in Zagreb

The festival features close to 70 feature films and documentaries that deal with issues of intolerance towards those who are different, which should be countered by all wishing to live in a free and tolerant society.

Serb and Jewish associations to boycott Jasenovac commemoration

The SNV made the decision unanimously on Friday, saying in a press release that the reason was the general climate in society and the messages coming from the Culture Ministry and Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic.

Croatia marks International Roma Day

At a ceremony marking International Roma Day on Friday, representatives of the Roma community in Croatia spoke of a difficult position of the Roma in the country and urged the government to take the necessary steps to improve it.

Gov't, Jasenovac museum director regret Coordinating Committee's decision

The government recalls that "it has clearly and unequivocally distanced itself from hate speech, invective messages and intolerance" and that it has condemned any attempt to degrade the achieved democratic values.

Roma Council condemns racist attack in Zagreb

The Roma Council of Zagreb on Friday strongly condemned an attack by two men on members of the Roma ethnic minority, which happened in central Zagreb on Tuesday night.

Gov't invites Bosniak associations to nominate candidate for National Minority Council

The Croatian government on Thursday called on Bosniak ethnic minority associations, organisations, religious communities, legal entities and citizens to nominate their candidate for a position in the National Minorities Council ...

Minorities committee endorses draft gov't budget

The parliamentary Human and National Minority Rights Committee on Monday endorsed the 2016 draft budget with four abstentions.

Minorities say bilingualism, representation in state administration most problematic

The government set aside HRK 144 million for the implementation of the Constitutional Law on Ethnic Minority Rights in 2014, seven million more than the year before.

Serb MP says budget cuts for minorities won't stifle them, veterans' rep says won't support cuts

"If someone thinks they will stifle us by reducing funds for the work of minority institutions, I can only say - they will not," Pupovac told reporters in a comment on the budget proposal for 2016 ...

HDZ official refutes ethnic Serb leader's claims

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) secretary-general Milijan Brkic on Tuesday refuted claims by the Serb People's Council (SNV), an umbrella organisation of ethnic Serbs, that the ruling party is responsible for a rise in hate speech and anti-Serb sentiment.

SNV reports growing anti-Serb sentiment

A considerable increase in cases of ethnically-motivated violence, threats and hate speech directed against ethnic Serbs in Croatia was recorded in 2015, according to figures from a bulletin published by the Serb National Council (SNV).

DSHV sees Serbian politicians' claims as threat to ethnic Croats

The Democratic Alliance of the Vojvodina Croats (DSHV) on Saturday refuted claims made by Serbia's officials that it was the DSHV to blame for the fact that ethnic Croats have no representative in Serbia's parliament.

Croat minority still without representative in Serbian parliament

A participant in the and president of the Democratic Alliance of Croats in Vojvodina, Tomislav Zigmanov, said the agreement "is on the margins of public interest, the political class and institutions which are supposed to implement it."

Pupovac condemns attack on young man in Vukovar

"My party and the SNV have condemned this criminal act committed by three young men and I am condemning it now," Pupovac said in an interview with Croatian Radio 

Hahn says Serbia must ensure media programmes in minority languages

In her letter, she wrote that a few days before the opening of the first two policy chapters in Serbia's European Union accession negotiations, Radio Subotica, the only station in Serbia which had a daily broadcast in Croatian, was shut down.

Vukovar deputy mayor says Serb community socially marginalised

Vukovar deputy mayor Srdjan Milakovic said on Thursday that the Serb community and its political representatives were totally marginalised socially and condemned three Serb youths for assaulting a Croat youth in the eastern town.

Serb official warns about growing intolerance in letter to Croatian president

"Some respond to political discussions about the government and its platform with a campaign of intolerance and hate, and some see statements by individual members of the government and parliament as encouragement and support to that campaign,"

Initiative for Defence of Croatian Vukovar calls for pardon for 28 persons

The Initiative added they expected the new government to show an exceptional level of sensitivity towards victims of the 1991-1995 Homeland War.

Pupovac: Croatia's policy inconducive to good relations with Serbia

Croatian Serb leader and an MP of the Independent Democratic Serbian Party (SDSS), Milorad Pupovac, has told  Vojvodina Television (RTV) that "he cannot imagine that Belgrade could have good relations with this type of policy from Zagreb," assessing that relations between the Croatian and Serbian governments could be good if it were not for events targeted against Serbs.

PM-Designate negotiates with minority MPs, no agreement yet

"We had a brief discussion, very positive, it is going in the right direction, we're going to take a little more time and we will meet again tonight, nevertheless, we are going in the right direction," Oreskovic said after the meeting.

EC: Serbia has undertaken to respect minority rights

The commissioner said that the EC would continue monitoring the implementation of Serbia's obligations regarding education in minority languages as part of accession negotiations on Chapter 23.

Parliamentary groups discuss forming par'l bodies

A total of 10 parliamentary groups have been constituted so far while the Bridge reformist party and the group representing six ethnic minorities are expected to form their parliamentary groups in the near future.

Eastern Orthodox Christmas Eve service held in Zagreb

In his sermon, Metropolitan Peric called on the faithful to embark "on the path of transformation because the line that divides good and evil does not run between nations, states, races and classes but through everybody's heart."

Minority MPs support Petrov, Italian MP's support conditional

Vice President of the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS) Milorad Pupovac on Tuesday confirmed that he would give his support to Petrov.

Six of 8 minority MPs continue backing SDP-led coalition

The elected representative of the Italian minority, Furio Radin, told reproters after the consultation that he had told the President that "time is nearing when a new (parliamentary) election may be needed."

Pusic: Serbia will have to secure financing for Croatian minority media

I hope we will manage to reach a bilateral agreement on this matter before it is included on the agenda of Serbia-EU accession negotiations

Croatian president begins her official visit to Slovakia

Today, Grabar-Kitarovic and Kiska will open a Slovakian-Croatian business forum. A large business delegation, led by Croatian Chamber of Commerce head Luka Burilovic,

Minority MPs hold new round of consultations with President

"We give our support to the Croatia Is Growing coalition and Mr Milanovic as prime minister-designate," 

Conference on rights of ethnic minorities held in Pula

The project was launched in February 2015 and will close in February 2016. Its budget is 20,000 euros, of which 18,000 is co-financed by the EU.

President holds consultations with ethnic minorities' MPs

"The minorities are unanimous. Seven deputies of ethnic minorities share the position on preliminary support to Zoran Milanovic as the PM-Designate," Radin said.

HDZ chief: News of 7 ethnic minority MPs supporting SDP small deception

"This is a small deception and Mr. Milorad Pupovac (an ethnic Serb MP) will have to explain how it is possible for one man to give signatures on behalf of three persons," 

Minority MPs set to support SDP-led coalition

Radin told reporters that the meeting was attended by all minority MPs, including the two whose terms were confirmed only after elections were repeated at seven polling stations 

Emina Lekaj Prljaskaj, Sandor Juhas elected minority MPs in repeated elections

Lekaj Prljaskaj won 999 votes, only five more than her main rival Idris Sulejmani, while Juhas won 2,218 votes, only 20 more than his rival Robert Jankovics.

Croatian Serb leader claims intolerance, nationalism rising

Pupovac, a candidate on the SDSS slate for the 8 November parliamentary election, said that intolerance had been targeted against members of all ethnic minorities, ...