According to the survey, more than two thirds of the polled citizens
said that “it is important to face the past”, although 30% believe that
for them it carries negative meanings, 41% were neutral, while only 23%
of the polled citizens said that facing the past is a positive notion.
Three in four citizens (76%) believe that proper identification of
victims on both sides, as well as the circumstances of their suffering
is mostly important or very important. Also, over a half of the citizens
don’t know how many people died in the war.
A huge majority (well over 95 percent) have heard about the destruction
of Vukovar, killing of prisoners in Ovcara Farm, or the bombardment of
Dubrovnik. Fewer people have heard about the killing of civilians during
and after Oluja Offensive (68%), or the confiscation of Serb property in
Croatia (58%). However, 85% have heard and know about the torture of
prisoners at Lora military prison. More than 80% of the general
population believe that all of the above should be considered war crimes.
One half of the polled citizens (49%) believe that the Hague Tribunal
contributed to start investigation of crimes committed by the Croatian
side. 56% of the citizens followed the trial of Milosevic, while 43%
followed the trial of Mirko Norac for crimes committed in Gospic. Almost
the same number of citizens (29 to 32 percent) followed the trials for
war crimes in Ovcara and the trials for crimes committed in Lora.
Three in five citizens (63%) believe that the main purpose of
prosecution of war crimes is to find out the truth about the war and
wartime events; 39% believe that it serves to prevent future crimes,
while 30% believe that satisfaction and justice for the victims is its
It would be interesting to see what the results of the survey would be in Bosnia, Serbia, and Kosovo as well.