Croatian parliament marks Day of Remembrance for victims of totalitarian regimes

Europe-Wide Day of Remembrance for the victims of all totalitarian and authoritarian regimes, observed on 23 August, was marked in Croatia's parliament where Parliament Speaker Zeljko Reiner said that crimes committed by Nazis, Fascists and Ustasha in WW2 had been prosecuted and punished while crimes "committed by Communists against tens of thousands Croats" had never been prosecuted nor punished.

The European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism was established by the European Parliament Declaration of 23 September 2008 on the observance of August 23 as a Europe-wide day of remembrance for the victims of all totalitarian and authoritarian regimes, and it was confirmed by the European Parliament Resolution of 2 April 2009 on European conscience and totalitarianism.

In 2011, Croatia's lawmakers adopted a declaration designating 23 August as a memorial day for victims of all totalitarian and authoritarian regimes.

Since then, this day has been commemorated at sites of mass executions, and this is the first time that the national parliament organised a commemoration in the Sabor hall.

Addressing the commemoration, Reiner said that the Communist regime resorted to repression in an attempt to send into oblivion the existence of Croats and some Jews, Germans and members of their ethnic groups "who were killed only because they had a different opinion". Reiner accused the Communist regime of persecuting and killing intellectuals, middle class members, clergy and nuns or the wealthy only to confiscate their property.

Reiner holds that in comparison to other former Communist European countries, Croatia has been late in the condemnation of Communist crimes and added that Croatia had not conducted lustration.

Reiner went on to say that a kind of "deja vu " of Nazi-Fascism happened in the form of spreading a Greater Serbia idea and the aggression against Croatia, and he called for bringing an end to manipulations with historical truths.

He called for "shedding light of the truth" on that dark side of Croatia's recent history.

Last update: Tue, 23/08/2016 - 20:39

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