Josip Reihl Kir, Djakovo, Hrvatska

Josip Reihl Kir, born on 25.07.1955 in Sirač, Daruvar Municipality, in Croatia. Graduated from Faculty of Economy in Osijek, after which he worked in High School Center in Đakovo, and from 1981, he worked in police. From 31 July 1990 to 1 July 1991, he was the Chief of Police Station in Osijek.

He was murdered on 1.07.1991 in a political assassination in Tenja near Osijek.

The Duško Kondor Award for Civil Courage is given to Josip Reihl Kir from Đakovo, Croatia, posthumously, because he risked his own life every day to express his civil courage during 1991 by:

  • Being an active opponent to war option in Croatia, which he talked against persistently
  • Refusing politics to get priority over profession and influence the work of the Police Station Osijek, where he was the Head.
  • Protecting the rights of every citizen regardless of their ethno-national or other background.
  • Investing the personal trust of the citizens he had in peace, by convincing them continuously and successfully not to subdue to different harassments and to move the barricades they put of the roads between villages.
  • Permanently presenting truth at press conferences and publicly challenging some immoral journalists with the facts that they heard the truth and twisted it and published it as a lie right afterwards in their media, thereby, already in 1991, being among the first ones to disclose the political instrumentalization of a great deal of media in function of harassment and manipulation of citizens.
  • Publicly promising at the session of the Osijek Assembly in June 1991: “While I am the Head of Osijek – Baranja Police Station, there will not be any war between Serbs and Croats here.”
  • Although aware that he would be killed, which he informed the then Minister of Internal Affairs about, going to negotiations in Tenja on 1 July 1991 and never coming back, because that day he was murdered in political assassination organized by those who were aware that while Josip Reihl Kir was alive, they couldn’t start the war in Croatia.
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