Serbian parliamentary declaration condemning WWII acts against Hungarian civilians

BELGRADE – Members of the Serbian parliament adopted Friday a Declaration condemning acts against Hungarian civilians in Vojvodina, committed during the Second World War, in 1944 and 1945.

A total of 128 MPs voted in favor of the document, 10 were against, and seven did not vote. The declaration was put forward by MPs of the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) and the Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians (SVM).

Deputies of the opposition Democratic Party (DP) and the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) voted in favor of the declaration, and the Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) was against it.

The declaration was also supported by two members of the League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina (LSV). Two MPs from the same party were against it.

The declaration states that the Serbian parliament sharply condemns the acts committed against the Hungarian civilian population in Vojvodina during the 1944/45 period, when members of the national minority in Serbia were being killed, denied their freedom and other rights, on ethnic grounds and in the absence of any court or administrative decisions.

Giving the reasons for passing the declaration, the Serbian parliament said that Serbia must provide some moral satisfaction for the injustice that was done to the citizens of Hungarian nationality in the municipalities of Curug, Mosorin and Zabalj through decisions based on the principle of collective responsibility that declared all citizens of Hungarian nationality in these municipalities war criminals.

An amendment, proposed by the DS, denouncing the suffering of all the other innocent victims on the territory of Vojvodina during and after the Second World War, was also adopted.

The Serbian parliament said that the declaration is aimed at the full rehabilitation of all those who were innocent and got killed or convicted without court decisions.

At the same time, all state bodies and citizens are invited to make a full contribution to creating and strengthening the conditions for living together, based on the principles of equality of citizens and full respect for human and minority rights and freedoms.

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