17 years since Slovenia "erased" citizens

Today marks 17 years to the day since the notorious erasure of citizens from the Slovenian census, leaving 25,670 people without basic human rights.

Source: Beta

“The erased” were largely Slovenian citizens descended from other former Yugoslav republics. To date, the Interior Ministry has sent 82 additional decisions to the addresses of “the erased”, which retroactively (from Feb. 26, 1992) recognizes the status of those who have already become citizens or permanent residents.

Due to the issuance of additional decisions and pledges to resolve the status of “the erased” according to the Slovenian Constitutional Court decision, the Slovenian Democratic Party led by Janez Janša has opened interpellation proceedings against Interior Minister Katarina Kresal to remove her from her position.

The party claims to be seeking her dismissal because the minister carried out the Constitutional Court’s decision in an irresponsible fashion, abusing her office to political ends.

The process was launched, they say, since she ignored the results of a referendum on the technical law about “the erased”, because it created inequalities and “clearly endangered the public finance system.”

The minister has prepared a response to the interpellation, which she is due to give on March 25 this year.

Kresal was supported in the ministry’s activities in response to the Constitutional Court and issuing the additional decisions to “the erased” by Prime Minister Borut Pahor.


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