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27. 1. 2015.
Croatian Parliament pays tribute to Holocaust victims

Deputy Parliament Speaker Dragica ZgrebecZagreb - Deputy Parliament Speaker Dragica Zgrebec said on Tuesday that Holocaust Memorial Day, January 27, was a day to send a message that peace, freedom, equality, solidarity, respect for differences and the right to choice of every man, are a pledge for the future of mankind.

International Holocaust Memorial Day was marked in the Croatian Parliament with all MPs present, as well as President-elect Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, government officials, church dignitaries, and representatives of Jewish and Roma associations.

Holocaust Memorial Day is a national commemoration day in the majority of European countries dedicated to the remembrance of those who suffered under Nazi persecution and commemorating the day when 7,500 prisoners were liberated from the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1945, Zgrebec recalled.

The Holocaust is the catastrophe and consequence of Nazi racist laws that led to a genocide in which primarily Jews and Roma were killed by the Nazi regime but also anyone who opposed Nazism and Fascism or were just different, Zgrebec underscored.

Holocaust is the term for genocide, she said, which is used in an effort to highlight the intensity of hatred of the Jews and ideological condemnation of Judaism as the basis of Nazi ideology. The Nazi regime destroyed other groups too - homosexuals, mentally ill and political opponents. 

Zgrebec recalled massive deportations at the time when people were taken to prison camps and the horrific killings that occurred there. We must never forget the men, women and children and their agony, she said. MPs paid tribute to the victims with a moment's silence. (Hina)

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27. 1. 2015.
Croatian Parliament Speaker tells Prague forum democratic deficit fertile ground for extremism
Prague - Croatian Parliament Speaker Josip Leko said at a conference dedicated to the fight against growing extremist ideologies in Prague on Tuesday that the democratic deficit provided a fertile ground for extremist ideologies and that only democratic solutions were the right way.
27. 1. 2015.
Forum in Prague called for zero tolerance to anti-Semitism
Prague - The fourth international forum "Let my people live" ended with the adoption of an inter-parliamentary declaration calling for zero tolerance to anti-Semitism and hate crime. Parliament speakers, including Croatia's Leko, expressed deep concern about growing verbal, Internet and physical violence against Jews, notably in Europe.
Parliament Speaker Leko: Sabor has done proper job this year
Zagreb - In the year drawing to a close, lawmakers spent 103 days in parliament and discussed 373 items on the agenda, adopted 185 laws and parliament Speaker Josip Leko said that parliament had done a proper job this year in fulfilling its constitutional duty.
15th January - The Day of International Recognition of the Republic of Croatia

Republic of Croatia initiating  the process of disassociation from Yugoslavia started its path of international recognition on 15 January when it was officially recognized by twelve countries of the European Economic Community. The very same day Croatia was recognized by Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Hungary, Malta, Poland and Switzerland.

The first country to recognize Croatia was Iceland on 19 December 1991 while Germany recognized it the very same day. The European Economic Community finally granted Croatia diplomatic recognition on 15 January 1992. Two more countries decided to recognize Croatia before the EEC – scheduled date: the Holy See and San Marino. By the end of January Croatia was recognized by seven more countries.

In its twenty-three years of independence Croatia became a UN member state on 22 May 1992, Council of Europe member state on 6 November 1996, NATO member state on 1 April 2009 and European Union 28th member state on 1 July 2013. Croatia has also been an active member of numerous other world and European international associations, processes and initiatives.

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The Parliament's 16th plenary session is scheduled to take place on 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 January; 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 February; 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27 March 2015.
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