Croatian Red Cross

History of the Croatian Red Cross

• in 1878 first relief societies in Croatia, that worked in compliance with the principles and decisions accepted internationally in 1863, were founded in Zadar, Dubrovnik and Zagreb
• on the 22nd October 1878 "The Women’s Patriotic Dalmatian Association for Relief to Wounded and Sick Soldiers" was the first relief society that was given assent by the authorities for its humanitarian work
• from 1878 to 1918, the Red Cross in Croatia acted within the Red Cross of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy
• from 1918 to 1941, the Red Cross in Croatia acted within the Kingdom of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs and later within the Kingdom of Yugoslavia
• from 1941 to 1945, the Croatian Red Cross acted as an independent society in wartime but without international recognition of its status
• from 1945 to 1991, the Red Cross in Croatia acted as a republican Red Cross society within the  Red Cross of Yugoslavia
• on 10th October 1991, the decision was made that the Red Cross of Croatia shall withdraw from the Red Cross of Yugoslavia and since then it has been acting independently under the name of the Croatian Red Cross as the National Society of the Red Cross of the Republic of Croatia with  headquarters in Zagreb and with local Red Cross branch organizations in municipalities, cities and counties
• on 19th December 1991, the Croatian Parliament adopted the Law on the Croatian Red Cross and thus recognized the Croatian Red Cross as the National Society of the Red Cross of the Republic of Croatia; on 13th August 1993, the Chamber of Deputies of the Croatian Parliament adopted the Law on the Protection of the Emblem and Name of the Red Cross. In 2001, the Croatian Parliament adopted new Law on the Croatian Red Cross
• on 29th April 1992, pursuant to the Law on the Croatian Red Cross from 1991, the Statute of the Croatian Red Cross was adopted, and from 2011 new Statute of the Croatian Red Cross is in force
• on 25th August 1993, the International Committee of the Red Cross recognized the Croatian Red Cross as a National Society, whereby the Croatian Red Cross became the 158th member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement; and on 25th October of the same year, the Croatian Red Cross became a member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
• on 15th October 1998, the President of the Republic of Croatia bestowed the Charter of Merit of the Republic of Croatia to the Croatian Red Cross on the occasion of 120th anniversary of the Croatian Red Cross
• Croatian Parliament proclaimed the year 2008 – "The Year of the Croatian Red Cross", on the occasion of 130th anniversary and 15th anniversary of the international recognition of the Croatian Red Cross as an independent National Society
• in 2010, the Croatian Red Cross adopted the Law on the Croatian Red Cross that includes provisions on the protection of the emblem and name of the red cross, red crescent and red crystal

 

Homeland War

•  humanitarian relief was provided for an average of 600,000 beneficiaries; in 1992 the number was at its top with more than 750,000 beneficiaries
•  more than 332 million kilograms of food items and more than 116 million kilograms of non-food items were distributed
•  psychosocial support was secured for more than 250,000 refugees in 284 temporary shelters
•  total value of the recived and distributed relief items was estimated at 4,675,202,473.00 kn
•  1,1 million blood units were collected
•  in the Further Report on the Situation of Human Rights in Croatia pursuant to Security Council Resolution 1019 (1995) it was mentioned that the Croatian Red Cross has been active in the field of humanitarian assistance


National Office of Tracing Service:
• solved 11,903 tracing requests for missing persons; 1,902 requests for persons who went missing during the Homeland War and 433 requests for tracing human remains are still opened
• received and distributed over 1,500,000 family messages to separated family members 
• assisted at prisoner exchanges of more than 7,000 prisoners of war 
• organized 174 family reunion meetings bringing together more than 23,000 separated family members, which the United Nations assessed as the contribution of the Croatian Red Cross to the process of peaceful reintegration of the Croatian Danube region (Podunavlje)
• within the National programme of identification of war victims in Republic of Croatia, assisted at exhumation sites; and informed 7,664 families about the process of post-mortem identification, giving blood samples, identification of personal and other objects found with the remains


Address book

County Red Cross branch of Bjelovar-Bilogora


Address: V. Nazora 13/1
Postal code: 43 280
Director: Melita Lozina
Telephone: 043 531 156
Fax: 043 531 156
E-mail: ckgaresnica@gmail.com
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Contacts

Croatian Red Cross,
Ulica Crvenog križa 14, P.P.93 10 001 Zagreb


Tel: +385 1 4655 814 ili +385 1 4655 813
Fax: +385 1 4655 365
E-mail: redcross@hck.hr
OIB: 72527253659

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