Bosnian Serb MPs Slam Resolution on Respect for Fascists’ Victims

The Republika Srpska entity parliament adopted a statement on Monday saying that it rejects the Resolution on Respect for the Victims of the Fascist Regime and Movement that was adopted by Bosnia and Herzegovina's state-level parliament last month because it allegedly rewrites history and marginalises Serb suffering in World War II.

"That resolution is an incorrect, insidious hoax that aims to reduce all the suffering of Serbs in World War II," Milorad Dodik, the Serb member of Bosnia's tripartite presidency, told parliament.

Dodik also complained that "the Holocaust is not mentioned in this resolution".

The statement from the Republika Srpska parliament said that the resolution should have more strongly condemned the WWII-era, Nazi-allied Independent State of Croatia, which implemented racist laws and sent Serbs, Jews, Roma people and anti-fascists to concentration camps run by the fascist Ustasa movement.

The statement argued that "the very name of the resolution is unacceptable because it qualifies fascist regimes and movements as aggressors, and not the Independent State of Croatia, which officially carried out the systematic expulsions, [Catholic] baptisms and killings of Serbs".

The resolution adopted by the Bosnian state parliament on May 20 expresses condolences to all descendants of victims of the Ustasa regime, and calls for the formation of a commission to investigate a controversial mass held in Sarajevo last month to commemorate the killings of Croatian Nazi-allied troops and civilians by the Yugoslav Partisans at the end of WWII.

The mass, a replacement for an annual event usually held in Bleiburg in Austria but cancelled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, sparked a large protest by anti-fascists in the...

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