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Press Release on War Crimes Comitted in Vukovar in the Summer of 1991.

PRESS RELEASE
ON DELIVERING DOCUMENTATION TO DORH ON THE CRIMES COMMITTED IN VUKOVAR FROM THE SUMMER OF 1991


Zagreb, January 13, 2011.

To whom it may concern,

The Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR) submitted today to the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic of Croatia (Drzavno odvjetnistvo Republike Hrvatske – DORH) six transcripts of statements given by family members of the persons apprehended, executed or gone missing from the territory of Vukovar in 1991. These crimes, according to the statements given by our interlocutors, were committed between June and August 1991 and, according to the information obtained by some of them, they were committed by members of the National Guard Corps (Zbor narodne garde – ZNG) and the National Defence Secretariat in Vukovar.

YIHR demands that DORH use the documentation in the investigation and drafting of the indictment against Tomislav Mercep, as well as other individuals who partook in the crimes committed over civilian population of Serbian ethnicity in Vukovar in 1991. Indictment against Mercep must not leave out his activities in Vukovar prior to forming the infamous police unit which operated under his command from September 1991.

YIHR investigation indicates that residents of Serbian ethnicity were terrorized in Vukovar in this period.

The transcripts also contain claims that some individuals from then military and political leadership, some of which are still senior state officials, had knowledge of the crimes and resolutely refused to act towards preventing and prosecuting them, albeit they were in the position and under the obligation to do so. This primarily pertains to then Interior Minister, Ivan Vekic, and then President of the Crisis Headquarters for Slavonija and Baranja, Vladimir Seks.

We hope that DORH will thoroughly process these and other cases and facilitate adequate prosecution of those responsible for the crimes.

For further information, feel free to contact us via the telephone number 00385 98 552976 or e-mail address croatia@yihr.org