I AM 71 YEARS OF AGE,
THE STATE OF CROATIA UNJUSTIFIABLY
DEPRIVES ME OF ALMOST-ALL MY PROPERTY, AND EUROPE LOOKS ON INDIFFERENTLY!
The dwellers have bought, for about 10 percent of the price, some 350,000 public and nationalized apartments, as well
as some private apartments (by Article 48 of the Law on Renting Apartments, that abolished the dwelling rights in 1996). What would you say, if the State seized, even without a compensation, such an apartment
that you had bought for 10% of the price?! In such a way you would lose some 50,000 or 100,000 euros (EUR), perhaps even more!
THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN SEIZED FROM ME, as well as from other holders of equal dwelling rights ("stanarsko pravo") in the so-called private occupied
apartments (about 7000 such holders)! I HAVE BEEN
DEPRIVED OF ALMOST ALL MY PROPERTY! The dwelling right was not a lease
but an ownership (i.e. the
main owner's rights, acquired forever, by
the laws) which is guaranteed by the Croatian Constitution since 1990!
I have acquired my dwelling right by the free will of the original owner (and I
offer to prove that;- please, contact me by e-mail!), and because I had this right, I worked in Zagreb for about 800 DEM (German
marks) per month, instead of having worked abroad, where I would have earned several-times more, so that it would have been
possible for me to easily buy an apartment. (My pension is 2812 kunas (HRK) i.e. about 375 euros (EUR) per month). The subsequent
nominal owner offered to sell the apartment (on November 12, 2002), but the State refused to pay a compensation (although the
State should have paid it!) that would have made it possible for me to buy the apartment! DO YOU
THINK THAT SOMETHING SIMILAR WILL NOT HAPPEN TO YOU TOO
IN SUCH A STATE AND IN SUCH EUROPE?!
The government and the highest courts have violated the Constitution and our human rights, although the following has
been said in the Sabor (parliament):
On April 22, 1998., Dr. N. Mihanović (HDZ): "...let all be allowed to buy their
apartments. And the State should give compensations to the owners". January 29, 1999., Ž. Antunovic on behalf of SDP: "All the dwellers should
get the right to buy their apartments, and the owners should receive market-value compensations". January 29, 2003., J. Kosor (HDZ): "...let the dwellers buy the apartments in which they live,
And, of course, the owners should receive compensations. That would be in conformity with the documents of the Council
January 29, 2003., V. Šeks (HDZ): "I think we should examine this
situation from the point of view of social justice, as the highest principle, and in accordance with the Resolution 1096 of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe from 1996".
On March 3, 2004, the Sabor ratified the international Agreement on Succession
Issues with its Annex G, whose Article 2 says that all contracts concluded by citizens before 31 December 1990, including those concluded by public enterprises, must be respected on a non-discriminatory basis. (This comprises the contracts by which we acquired our dwelling rights).
That is supplemented (not derogated!) by the Article 6, which reads: "Domestic legislation (...) concerning
dwelling rights (»stanarsko pravo«...) shall be applied equally to persons who were citizens of the SFRY and who had such
rights, without discrimination on any ground (...)" (Narodne novine - Međunarodni ugovori br. 2 /2004). This international agreement, by its legal power, is above the laws, and so it follows that our dwelling
rights must immediately be returned to us (or, practically, that means that we must be given the right to buy our apartments,
and the nominal owners should receive just compensations). However, this is
being concealed from the public; the newspapers have refused to publish many of our letters on the importance of Annex G! What has been said in the Sabor, is not realized, it has been delayed for many
years! During that time I grew old, and the State is now waiting for me to die!
We DEMAND that the above-mentioned international Contract and the Resolution 1096 be respected and our dwelling
rights be immediately restored to us, and we must be given the same right to buy our apartments at approximately-equal
prices as other apartments have been bought including some private apartments that had been compulsorily sold to
dwellers (by Article 48 of the Law on Renting Apartments, 1996), which was approved by the Constitutional Court of Croatia
for the sake of social justice!
Read more on the Internet:
http://free-zg.htnet.hr/BrankoSoric/index.html E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
HELP US, BECAUSE BY DEFENDING OUR RIGHTS YOU DEFEND YOURS TOO!
Dr. med. Branko Sorić, Zagreb, and other dwelling-right holders
SHOW THIS LEAFLET TO OTHERS !