Anti-fascists stage protest at Jasenovac; HRT reporter attacked

Representatives of associations of anti-fascist fighters and anti-fascists on Tuesday staged a protest at Jasenovac, the site of a World War II concentration camp, in front of a plaque commemorating Homeland War volunteers that contains the Ustasha salute "For the homeland, ready", saying that they did not consider statements by state officials regarding that issue to be a serious or sincere position.

Mesic blames HDZ, political atmosphere for his Jasenovac statement

Former president Stjepan Mesic on Tuesday offered an apology for his statement about the 1991-1945 Ustasha-run concentration camp at Jasenovac to all who might have been insulted by his denial of the atrocities committed there, saying that his statement in which he had described Jasenovac as "a labour camp" should be seen in the context of the war, misinformation and the political atmosphere in 1992.

MP calls on parliament speaker to use his authority to have Jasenovac plaque removed

Giovanni Sponza, a member of Parliament from the Istrian Democratic Party (IDS), on Tuesday called on Parliament Speaker Bozo Petrov to use his authority to make the relevant institutions remove a memorial plaque inscribed with the Ustasha salute "For the homeland, ready", put up in Jasenovac, saying that the plaque was not just an act of provocation but a disgrace for Croatia and a danger for society.  

Serbia PM for unconditional dialogue with Plenkovic

Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Monday that there are "occurrences in Croatia about which Serbia cannot be satisfied," and added that he accepted an apology by his Croatian counterpart Andrej Plenkovic regarding a plaque with the Ustasha salute in Jasenovac and that he was prepared to resolve problems through dialogue and unconditionally.

Croatian PM apologises for Jasenovac memorial plaque containing Ustasha salute

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Sunday apologised to all who had felt insulted by a memorial plaque with the Ustasha salute "For the homeland, ready" put up in Jasenovac, but added that the plaque commemorated 11 veterans killed in the 1991-95 war and that this was the reason why a commission would be formed to give recommendations regarding symbols of totalitarian regimes, which would then be translated into regulations.

A-HSP party protests conclusion on removal of Jasenovac plaque, police arrest its leader

The leader of the non-parliamentary far-right Autochthonous Croatian Party of Rights (A-HSP), Drazen Keleminec, and four other people were arrested for disturbing the peace at a protest rally held in downtown Zagreb on Saturday, police confirmed to Hina.

Committee: "For the homeland, ready" insults victims of Jasenovac concentration camp

On Wednesday morning reporters were initially allowed to attend the Committee's session, but the Committee members requested to discuss the matter behind closed doors and only later informed the press of their conclusion.

Croatian Gov't to set up commission to tackle totalitarian symbols issue

The Croatian government will set up a commission which will propose appropriate institutional and legal frameworks so that Croatia's society could take a position on symbols of totalitarian systems, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said at a government session on Thursday.

Plenkovic says Croatia must take legal position towards totalitarian system symbols

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Tuesday it was necessary for Croatian politicians and experts to find a legal solution by which the state would clearly voice its position towards symbols of totalitarian systems, such as the Ustasha salute "For the Homeland, Ready!" inscribed on a memorial plaque recently set up by Croatian Defence Forces (HOS) veterans in Jasenovac.

PM dismisses claims of reviving fascism in Croatia

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) on Monday dismissed the insinuations about the revival of fascism in the Croatian society, assessed that the erection of the disputable plaque in Jasenovac was a sensitive matter and pledged that he would seek appropriate legislative solutions to regulate issues pertaining to totalitarian regimes.

FM talks controversial memorial plaque in Jasenovac

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier on Monday addressed comments that the government was not reacting to a memorial plaque in Jasenovac inscribed with with the Ustasha salute "For the homeland ready", saying the inscription was part of the coat of arms of an association registered during the time of the Ivica Racan cabinet.

Serbian minister calls on EU to react to 'expansion of fascism' in Croatia

Serbian Labour and Social Welfare Minister Aleksandar Vulin on Sunday called on Europe to react to "the expansion of fascism" in Croatia, saying that putting up a plaque reading "For the Homeland, Ready!" in Jasenovac is no longer a Croatia-Serbia issue but an issue that demanded an international reaction.

President against manipulating with number of Jasenovac victims

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Saturday that one should not manipulate with the number of victims of the WWII Jasenovac concentration camp and that the canonisation of Alojzije Stepinac was not directed against the Serb people.

Bartholomew says Jasenovac new martyrs are heroes and saints of entire Orthodox Church

Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople said on Saturday while officiating the liturgy in the Orthodox Church in Jasenovac that ancient Serb Orthodox and Jasenovac new martyrs were heroes and saints of the entire Orthodox Church.

Bartholomew I of Constantinople calls for respecting all innocent victims

The Jasenovac martyrs are as worthy as the first martyrs and only when we learn to respect the suffering of others will we have learnt something of our own suffering, Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople said addressing a symposium in Zagreb about the Holocaust.

Serbian PM accuses Croatia of reviving Ustasha ideology

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic on Friday harshened his rhetoric regarding Croatia, describing it as "a place where Ustasha ideology is being revived", and threatened at the same time that he would not allow "a new 'Storm'".

Commemoration Day for WWII Roma victims in Ustica camp

With messages that the Roma are an integral part of Croatian history and that they enrich the country's multiculturalism and need to be better integrated with Croatian society, a commemoration was held on Tuesday in the village of Ustica near the Jasenovac WWII camp in honour of the international day of remembrance of the WWII Roma genocide.

Jasenovac concentration camp victims commemorated

Former Croatian President and honorary SABA president Stjepan Mesic said that three separate commemorations for the Jasenovac concentration camp victims were the result of an attempt to falsify the history

More than 2,000 people gather for commemoration in Jasenovac

More than 2,000 people arrived in Jasenovac on Sunday to attend a commemoration for the Jasenovac concentration camp victims, organised by the Alliance of Antifascist Fighters and Antifascists (SABA) in cooperation with the Antifascist League of Croatia.

Rally held in Zagreb against attempts to downplay atrocities in WW2 death camps

The rally was supported by the Coordinating Committee of Jewish Communities in Croatia, the Serb National Council (SNV), the Roma National Council and the Association of Croatian Anti-Fascist Fighters.

Serbian Orthodox dignitary holds service to remember Jasenovac victims

"We are here not to concern ourselves with numbers or to add or subtract the victims of this horrific place but to pray that the victims may rest in peace," Metropolitan Porfirije was quoted as saying.

Official state commemoration for Jasenovac death camp victims held

The victims of the World War II Jasenovac concentration camp were commemorated on Friday, on the 71st anniversary of the breakout of 600 inmates of the Ustasha-run death camp, of whom 100 survived.

Minister: Responsibility lies with those boycotting official Jasenovac commemoration

Asked by reporters who was responsible for the fact that three commemorations were being held, Hasanbegovic said: "Those who are boycotting the official state commemoration." Asked if he felt personally responsible for that, he just said "No."

Croatia not successor to any criminal regime, culture minister says

"Certain associations have objected to three points. The first are certain incidents in society from which the government has clearly distanced itself and behind which it never stood. Unfortunately, they exist even in developed EU democracies and in this sense Croatia is no exception,"

HNS won't attend Jasenovac commemorations, calls for unity

Representatives of the opposition Croatian People's Party (HNS) will not officially take part in this year's commemorative events for the victims of the WWII Ustasha-run Jasenovac concentration camp, the party said in a statement on Tuesday.

Roma MP will attend Jasenovac commemoration organised by anti-fascists

Speaking in an interview with Croatian Radio, Kajtazi said he did not attend Friday's commemoration organised by the Coordinating Committee of Jewish Communities in Croatia because he had not been invited.

Kraus: Separate commemorations result of revitalisation of Ustasha ideology in society

"We have come here because the revitalisation of Ustasha ideology is indeed present in Croatia and is only condemned in passing. It is like an avalanche that has been rolling for more than a year," Kraus said, 

Jewish organisations commemorate Jasenovac victims

"We are here to pay tribute to all victims of the Jasenovac Camp," said Coordinating Committee chairman Ognjen Kraus in his brief address at the start of the commemoration, after Rabbi Lucijano Moše Prelevic led the prayer.

Anti-Fascist League to hold meeting in tribute to Jasenovac victims on April 22

The meeting, to start at 5 pm, has been prompted by the boycott of the official Jasenovac commemoration by the Coordinating Committee of Jewish Communities and the Serb National Council (SNV).

Roma community MP to attend official Jasenovac commemoration

"We ask that the decision of the Roma community not be politicised and not be put in the context of daily political one–upmanship. I regret very much this situation and the fact that the Roma community has to justify its position this way,"

Karamarko: Victims must be truly respected

"Victims are victims and we should all treat them the same, rather than use them for political purposes," Karamarko said while answering questions from the press.

PM says government condemns Ustasha crimes

"The Croatian government and I personally condemn the crimes committed by the Ustasha regime," the PM told Croatian Radio Television (HRT).

Minister believes schools should teach more about Jasenovac and Holocaust

Sustar believes that Croatia's entire past should be studied in a scientific, calm, expert and civilised manner - both the phases of success that we can be proud of and those that were shameful. That means facing the past, the minister told reporters.

Jewish communities to commemorate Jasenovac victims week before official commemoration

The unofficial commemoration might be joined by representatives of the Serb National Council (SNV), the Association of Anti-Fascists of Croatia (SABA) and the opposition Social Democratic Party (SDP).

President calls for uniting on fundamental values, joint Jasenovac commemoration

"To be perfectly clear, the NDH was certainly not independent and certainly did not protect the interests of the Croatian people, and the Ustasha regime was a criminal regime," the president said.

National Council of Serbs: SNV doesn't respect dignity of Jasenovac victims

The National Council of Serbs in Croatia was established at the end of last year, and Vlahovic says in the statement that they are in opposition to the SNV and its head.

Karamarko: Let's unite in respect for victims

Our not so recent past has left us a memory of too many victims for such a small nation. This truth is even more difficult and painful if we know that so many mass execution sites were the consequence of different totalitarian systems. 

Slavko Goldstein launches "Jasenovac - Tragedy, Mythomania, Truth" book

 Historian and journalist Slavko Goldstein on Friday launched his book "Jasenovac - Tragedy, Mythomania, Truth", a polemic response to the book "The Jasenovac Camp - Research".

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.

Director says his documentary revises only perpetual lies from past

Sedlar writes in his response, issued on Friday, that he is glad that the Israeli Ambassador attended the premiere of his documentary and that she was welcomed "with a big, sincere applause from the audience".

Culture Ministry not officially notified of Jewish non-attendance at Jasenovac commemoration

Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic said on Friday the ministry had not received an official note that representatives of Jewish communities would not attend a commemoration for the victims of the Jasenovac WWII concentration camp.

Israeli ambassador: Sedlar doc depicts history selectively, tries to revise history

I saw the documentary... and was very surprised by the politicisation of the painful facts regarding the extermination camp in Jasenovac. In my opinion, a big part is dedicated to the history of the pro-Nazi Ustasha regime's coming to power in Croatia... 

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.