Adoption of the law on civilian victims of the homeland war

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ZAGREB, July 15, 2021 – The law on civilian victims of the homeland war was passed Thursday by 107 votes to 16, with five members of the Croatian parliament abstaining in the vote.

In previous parliamentary debates on the issue, part of the opposition expressed fears that new legislation would allow members of the occupying forces to use the rights established by law, however, members of the majority in the Power rejected criticism that it was an attempt to assimilate the victims and the occupying forces and insisted that the new legislation would rectify the civilizational injustice done to the victims of war.

According to data provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs, there will be approximately 2,500 beneficiaries who will be able to use the rights provided for by the new legislation.

The Sovereignist Party’s Željko Sačić said that passing some of the amendments made the latest version of the law better than the first bill. He believes that these amendments will make it impossible for members of the occupation forces and rebels to use the rights provided by law.

Parliament adopted amendments to the Homeland Veterans Act under which applications of disabled veterans for the right to housing and social benefits will be processed more quickly.

Amendments to the Penal Code adopted unanimously

Amendments to the Penal Code which provide for ex officio prosecution of sexual harassment for all categories of victims and introduce a new offense, the misuse of a sexually explicit video, were adopted unanimously on the last day of the hearing. Parliament meeting in spring / summer. .

In addition to strengthening mechanisms to protect victims of domestic and sexual violence and harassment, the amendments provide for penalties for revenge pornography.

Anyone who shares intimate videos made in a consensual manner for personal use without the consent of the person being filmed with others, thus violating their right to privacy, would henceforth be penalized.

Deepfake pornography, which is the use of modern technology to manipulate explicit content in order to violate someone’s privacy, is also defined as a criminal offense.

These offenses carry a penalty of up to one year in prison, or three if a video becomes accessible to more people.

To tackle gender-based violence more firmly and better protect victims, the changes expand the category of “close person” to include current and former intimate partners, not just family members, ex-spouses, life partners. , informal life partners or people with whom a victim has a child or lives in the same household.

All criminal offenses committed by a relative will be prosecuted ex officio, and the list of offenses without prescription will now include serious sexual abuse and harassment of children.

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