CROATIA: Remove revisionist policies from the Croatian Government!

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"The European Grassroots Antiracist Movement, in collaboration with Croatian artists and intellectuals, drafted a call to denounce the presence of Mr Hasanbegovic in the Croatian government as the Minister of Culture. The call already collected 183 signatures from 35 countries, including Beate and Serge Klarsfeld, Judith Butler, Annette Wieviorka or Ursa Raukar and some of the main European newspapers (Libération in France, Neues Deutschland in Germany or The Guardian) have responded to the call.


Croatia has been expected to respect and promote the core values of democracy, such as equality and social inclusion, which have been key in guaranteeing stability and peace in Europe.

However, the new Croatian Government is evidently failing its obligations and responsibilities to these very basic values. The Croatian Prime Minister Mr. Tihomir Oreškovic named Mr. Zlatko Hasanbegovic to the post of Minister of Culture. Mr. Hasanbegovic is a historian well known for his controversial, revisionist views of the recent Croatian history throughout his 20 years of public work. He recently publicly claimed that the defeat of Ustasha in 1945 was the greatest national tragedy and has also publicly glorified and advocated rehabilitation of Husein ef. Ðozo, who served in the 13th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Handschar. It has been recently discovered that he was an external contributor to the magazine “Independent State of Croatia“ (a Quisling regime run by the Ustaša), praising Nazi values and heroes. In 1996, Hasanbegovic wrote at least two articles for the monthly which propagated the work and the political ideas of Ante Pavelic and systematically denied the crimes committed by the fascist Independent State of Croatia. Last year, Hasanbegovic labelled anti-Fascism as an empty phrase."

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