BELGRADE – The position of Croatia’s ethnic Serbs kept improving until the country’s EU accession, but the situation is now worsening, Serb National Council President Milorad Pupovac said.

“Things are worsening, primarily due to pressure from the opposition and some other forces that, following the EU accession and the acquittals in the ICTY, concluded that an anti-minority policy can be pursued in Croatia,” Pupovac told the N1.

Those forces want to create a concept of a Croatia where tolerance and freedom of thought are reduced and anti-Serb sentiments renewed, he said.

Presenting a bulletin titled “Hate speech and violence against Serbs in 2015” – which lists cases of ethnically motivated violence, threats and hate speech against Croatia’s Serbs – he said that the number of cases of hatred and violence is on the rise, but ignored by Croatian institutions.