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Anti-Xenophobic Rhetoric

Anti-Xenophobic Rhetoric Croatian President Colinda Grabar-Kitarovich and Serbian Prime Minister Alexander Vučić signed a declaration on strengthening relations and resolving open issues between the two countries. June 2016, Subotica.

On May 12th, 2013, a solemn ceremony dedicated to the 68th anniversary of the mass escape of prisoners from the concentration camp of Jasenovac, which was run by Croatian Ustashe-fascists during World War II. The event was held at the memorial complex Jasenovac 60 kilometers from Zagreb. “We can be proud of anti-fascism and the victory over Nazism,” - said the President of Croatia, Ivo Josipovic, speaking to the guests of the ceremony. He stressed that the ideology of evil and hatred directed against people of other nationalities and faith will never be reborn. He added that we should not forget the fact that representatives of the Croatian people took part in the crimes.

On September 2nd Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic has rejected demands to renounce bilingual labels. “The state should treat all its citizens equally”, - he said. Croatian President Ivo Josipovic added that all citizens have the right to participate in peaceful protests, but one must respect the Constitution and the law. “The language issue in Croatia has been solved. If someone is unhappy, they can fight for amendments in the legislation”, - said the president.

Vesna Pusic, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, in December reminded that by signing the Treaty of Accession to the European Union Croatia is committed to protect the rights of national minorities. “We would have to leave the EU if we want to reduce the level of minority rights”, - she said and urged the authorities to conduct a thorough check of signatures collected by activists.

MP from the Croatian People's Party Goran Beus Rihemberg called the initiative on linguistic referendum “a circus and irrational attempt to prevent part of the identity of one of the national minorities”. Deputy Chairman of the independent democratic Serbian party in Croatia Milorad Pupovats described the events as “demonization of Serbian writing”.

On June 22, 2014, President of Croatia, Ivo Josipovic, attending an event dedicated to the Day Against Fascism, said that in we must never forget the results of the struggle against fascism. The ceremony dedicated to the 73rd anniversary since the formation of the first antifascist partisan squad took place near the city of Sisak.

President Josipovic noted that 73 years ago a group of young men gathered here to resist fascism and today we are marking this very important day.

On August 14, President Josipovic welcomed the decision of the Constitutional Court to prohibit the referendum on the Cyrillic alphabet, which was intended to limit the use of Cyrillic by the Serbian minority. “In my opinion, the court made a weighted decision, which was wise in terms of maintaining friendly relations,” the President said.

On June 21, 2016, the new President of Croatia, Colinda Grabar Kitarovich, when signing the Declaration on Strengthening Relations and Solving Open Issues between Croatia and Serbia, stated that both countries should make every possible effort to activate the bilateral protection of minorities - Serbs in Croatia, and Croats in Serbia - based on existing agreements.

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