Croatian Association of Prisoners in Serbian Concentration Camps

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Croatian Association of Prisoners in Serbian Concentration Camps (Croatian: Hrvatsko društvo logoraša srpskih koncentracijskih logora) is an association of former prisoners in Serbian jails and prison camps during the Croatian War of Independence. The organization was founded in Zagreb in 1995 and began its work that same year.[1] Its offices are located on Ban Jelačić Square.

In 2006 the association was admitted to the World Veterans Federation. Its president as of 2012 is Danijel Rehak.[2]

The organization helps raise monuments, commemorates anniversaries relating to the war and also helps publish related books. In 2004 the association opened a centre in Borovo Naselje whose aim is to research war crimes committed during the war. The centre was opened by deputy prime minister Jadranka Kosor and parliamentary speaker Vladimir Šeks.[3] Jadranka Kosor also served as the minister of Family Affairs, War Veterans and Intergenerational Solidarity, a ministry the association works closely with.[4]

According to the Societies data, a total of 8,000 Croatian civilians and POWs (a large number after the fall of Vukovar) went through Serb prison camps such as Sremska Mitrovica camp, Stajićevo camp, Niš camp and many others where many were heavily abused and tortured. A total of 300 people never returned from them.[5]

A total of 4570 camp inmates have started legal action against former Serbia and Montenegro (now Serbia) for torture and abuse in the camps.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hrvate proglašavaju genocidnim, a točno se zna tko je počinio agresiju". Vjesnik (in Croatian). 9 May 2004. Archived from the original on 16 March 2005. 
  2. ^ "Osnovni podaci" (in Croatian). Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  3. ^ http://ssla.oneworld.net/article/view/85262/1/2314 (Croatian)
  4. ^ (Croatian)Government of the Republic Croatia - official web portal Potpredsjednica Vlade na Izvještajnoj sjednici Hrvatskog društva logoraša u Varaždinu, Sep 17, 2005
  5. ^ (Serbian) Danas.co.yu news article on Vukovar commemoration
  6. ^ "Danijel Rehak ponovno izabran za predsjednika Hrvatskog društva logoraša". Vjesnik (in Croatian). 28 March 2004. Archived from the original on 30 April 2004. 

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