February 6th 2017


Open letter to Prime Minister Andrej Plenković

Dear Mr Prime Minister,
We would like to express our protest and concerns for human rights in Croatia in regards to the appointment of Ladislav Ilčić as an advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Davor Ivo Stier.
Ladislav Ilčić, through his public statements and actions, represents exclusively the views of religious extremists and opposes the protection of human rights of women, lesbians and gay men and migrants.
Ladislav Ilčić publicly proclaims international legal documents, of the UN and the European Union related to gender equality and women’s human rights, as undesirable “gender ideology”.
For years now Mr. Ilčić opposes modern upbringing and education of children, based on scientific achievements and the right of children and young people to correct information and education without ideology.
Public work of Ladislav Ilčić (musician by profession) is consisted of the attacks on women’s rights and rights of minorities, as well as the elimination of already achieved social, legal and civilization standards.
In regards to the above mentioned, we can only conclude that appointing of Ladislav Ilčić as an advisor to the Government, means complete abandonment of human rights and gender equality as official policies of the Government.
We would like to remind you that the Government has th obligation to protect human rights of all citizens regardless of their gender, sexual orientation or origin. Republic of Croatia signed international documents for the protection of human rights and must implement those signed provisions. Actions of Ladislav Ilčić are contrary to the constitutional value of gender equality and equality of all citizens of the Republic of Croatia. Such views are contrary to the international conventions which Croatia is obligated to implement, primarily the United Nations’ Convention legally binding for Croatia, first of all UN “Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women “(CEDAW, 1979) and the Council of Europe Resolution 1464 (2005),” Women and Religion in Europe “.
Therefore, we demand from the Prime Minister to stop this appointment and prevent further degradation of standards of human rights in Croatia.

Sanja Juras, Lesbian Group Kontra
Bojana Genov, Women’s Network of Croatia