Launched is the new website of the Southeast Europe Coalition on Whistleblower Protection. The site is the campaign, outreach, news and research hub for the whistleblower movement in Southeast Europe.
When harshest critics accuse GONG of doing their job properly because they work well and transparently, we can all but agree and respond with an even greater degree of transparency to the systematic contamination of public space with false data and manipulation.
In cooperation with partner organizations Association for Self-Advocacy from Zagreb and Association Terra from Rijeka GONG is implementing the project “Hands-on Policy Advocacy”. Project is financed by EU, and co-financed by Governments’ Office for Associations.
On the occasion of the Day of Solidarity with Refugees "refugeeswelcome" around Europe on Saturday, non-governmental organisations have expressed their displeasure with the slow and inadequate response of the European Union to the humanitarian crisis, asking for the opening of borders for refugees who are fleeing war-affected areas.
A group of 15 trade unions and seven civil society organisations calling for "a referendum on referendums" have so far collected 315,000 signatures for their petition, the group's coordinators said at a press conference in Zagreb on Thursday, appealing to the public to support their initiative over the remaining three days in order to "save direct democracy".
In an effort to facilitate access to information concerning public authorities via the Internet and to contribute to transparency and responsibility toward citizens, the Programme for Croatia and GONG NGOs on Tuesday presented a new Internet platform - ImamoPravoZnati.org where citizens can search, in three steps, information concerning 6,000 public bodies.
The "Pro Referendum" civic initiative submitted two referendum questions to the Constitutional Court on Monday for evaluation, which it intends to raise - that signatures for referendums can be collected at any appropriate place, as is the case now, and that referendums can be called if requested by 200,000 voters or five percent of all registered voters and not 10% as is the case now.
Due to the protracted economic crisis, a growing number of people in Croatia are entering a zone of absolute poverty, while the authorities and politicians are refusing to face that problem or deal with it in a systematic and constructive way, Milena Romic of the Human Rights House said in Zagreb on Thursday.
A revisionist relationship to Antifascist history is not only a Croatian problem, although that is no comfort. “Unusual” changes to history are also an issue in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro. Despite everything, however, there are “resistance movements” that are trying to preserve Antifascism as a pledge from the past to the future – this was the message from GONG’s conference of the same name held in the Croatian Journalists Association on May 7 – a day before the 70th anniversary since the liberation of Zagreb and the victory over Fascism.
I always welcome invitations to professional conferences. They are always an opportunity to hear and learn something new, to exchange ideas and views with colleagues. The focus of my interest is the study of the Holocaust – a subject that, for some, still belongs to sensitive historic subjects. For me, the further away a conference is from home, the better my feelings about participating; the closer it is to the Homeland (with a capital 'H'), the worse the knot in my stomach. Why? Because in Croatia, sensitive subjects are slowly being transformed into taboo subjects.
Apart from the usual labels of being a Yugo-nostalgic, Freemason, Jew, Serb, foreign mercenary etc., speaking publicly about the Holocaust and anti-Semitism has secured me overt death threats, just as has speaking publicly about Antifascism. That is why I find it hard to explain to my colleagues from the U.S. or the Netherlands why I am so excited about organizing an online quiz entitled „70 years since victory was won“. What's the big deal? The big deal is the fact that, in 2015, someone would call you an „Antifascist“, meant as an offense.