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2009 | 34 | 115-133

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THE SITUATION OF THE SERBIAN MINORITY IN THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA: BETWEEN NORMATIVE REGULATIONS AND PRACTICE (Sytuacja mniejszosci serbskiej w Republice Chorwacji: miedzy regulacjami normatywnymi a praktyka)

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The article deals with the situation of the Serbian minority in the Republic of Croatia since the 1990s through to 2006. It focuses on the one hand on the legal solutions, mostly those rights that have been guaranteed to minorities in the Constitution and in the Charter Relating to the Rights of National minorities, with its novels, as well as in other detailed acts regulating this matter. On the other hand, it takes into consideration the actual execution of these rights in practice. The authoress pays some attention also to the influence of the international community on the improvement of the situation of the Serbian minority in Croatia. This particular minority has been chosen here for consideration, from among more than twenty minorities living in Croatia, because the authoress is convinced that it can serve as the best evidence of how democracy in this country is working. Indeed, Croatian-Serbian relations bear the burden of numerous historical sentiments and animosities. Thus, only when we find out that the established rights of the Serbian minority are respected in practice, can we say that the democratic standards in the sphere of the protection of minority rights are respected in reality in the Republic of Croatia.






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  • Dominika Mikucka-Wojtowicz, c/o Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny w Krakowei, Instytut Politologii, ul. Podchorazych 2, 30-084 Kraków, Poland


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