Croatian parliament passes laws on minority education

May 1, 2000 -- (RFE/RL) The lower house of the parliament on 27 April approved two bills regulating the education of ethnic minorities and their right to use their respective native languages and alphabets. Legislators from the Croatian Democratic Community and the far-right Croatian Party of [Historic] Rights opposed the bill, "Slobodna Dalmacija" reported.

Meanwhile, the government approved a measure to amend the constitution to list all legally recognized minorities and to drop references to two autonomous districts, RFE/RL's South Slavic Service reported.

Under late President Franjo Tudjman, references to the Muslim and Slovenian minorities were dropped from the constitution, although some numerically far smaller minorities retained their legal status.

The governments in Sarajevo and Ljubljana protested the change. More recently, some critics have called for dropping all references to ethnic groups and stressing instead that Croatia is a state of all its citizens.

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