Requiem for the murdered Serb civilians  

 
Of Kosovo Serbs and Minority Groups in
Post-war Kosovo
Truth in facts...

PART II

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL REPORT

KOSOVO MINORITIES UNDER THREAT


Poleksija Kastratovic, with four other elderly Serbwomen
lives in an old parish home in Djakovica under KFOR protection
Read their story: "For whom the bells toll in Djakovica"
full story: http://www.kosovo.net/poleksija_e.html

Djakovica Grannies finally expelled by Albanians, their church and parish home set on fire


larger size photo: http://www.kosovo.net/crkva_djkruins.jpg
March 17, 2004 - Five old Serb women with Poljka Kastratovic
fianlly expelled by Kosovo Albanians who burned their church and levelled
it to the ground. Several Italians soldiers who fought bravely to defend them
were wounded. Poljka and four other women have been evacuated. In Djakovica
there are no more Serbs and no more Orthodox churches!

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

Serbia and Montenegro(1) (Kosovo/Kosova)
"Prisoners in our own homes"

www.suc.org/projects/Kosovo/documents/amnesty.pdf

Monday, 28 April, 2003, 20:08 GMT 21:08 UK
Kosovo minorities 'under threat' - BBC

Serbs and other ethnic minorities in Kosovo remain at serious risk of death or injury despite almost four years of peace and the presence of UN and Nato peacekeepers, a new report by Amnesty International says.

Tuesday's report, titled Prisoners in our own homes, says beatings, stabbings, abductions, drive-by shootings and the use of hand grenades to intimidate and kill members of these minorities are common in the province.

As the vast majority of these crimes remain unsolved, perpetrators are free to commit further attacks contributing to a climate of fear and the denial of basic human rights, it adds.

Ethnic minorities in Kosovo, of which the largest are the Serbs and Roma, make up about 8% of the predominantly Albanian population.

Lesson

The report describes the daily lives of children living in mono-ethnic enclaves who are forced to have a K-for armed escort to school.

It says that discrimination in healthcare has led to an increase in mortality rates among minority communities, and up to 90% unemployment among the Serb and Roma communities.

Ethnic Albanians living in areas of Kosovo where they are in the minority suffer the same security concerns and restrictions on their freedom of movement.

Kate Allen, the UK Director of Amnesty, said that failures by the international community in Kosovo should serve as a lesson for other post-conflict situations.

"It is clear that the international authorities in Kosovo were unprepared for the massive abuses of human rights against minorities that accompanied the rapid return of the Albanian community," she said.

"As the international community discusses the future of Iraq it is essential that we learn the lessons of the past and ensure that measures are put in place to protect the human rights of vulnerable groups. It must be ensured from the outset that there is no impunity for the perpetrators of human rights abuses."

'Proper' resources

Amnesty is concerned that the ongoing persecution of ethnic minorities makes it unsafe for minority refugees and internally displaced people to return to their homes.

Of more than 230,000 Serbs, Roma and other minorities who fled Kosovo in 1999, only 5,800 have returned.

"While the viability of return continues to depend on K-for's presence, Amnesty International urges the international community to ensure that
no- one from a minority community is forcibly returned to Kosovo," Ms Allen said.

Amnesty is calling for proper resources for the UN civilian police force
(Unmik) and local authorities to ensure the thorough investigation of ethnically motivated human rights abuses.

To begin with, Unmik must extend witness protection to the witnesses of such crimes.

After the end of the conflict in July 1999 more than half the pre-war minority population fled to Serbia or Montenegro or took refuge in mono-ethnic enclaves in Kosovo guarded by K-for and Unmik.

About a third of the 100,000 Serbs and Roma in Kosovo live in three predominantly Serbian municipalities in the north of Kosovo.

Others live in mono-ethnic villages or under K-for protection in majority Albanian urban areas.

More than half the pre-war Slavic Muslim community of 67,000 fled in 1999. Now about 3% of the population, they are mainly concentrated in and around Prizren town.


Ninth Assessment of the Situation of Ethnic Minorities in Kosovo
(Period covering September 2001 to April 2002)


Three years after the war Serbs can travel only in escorted convoys

The situation in Kosovo and Metohija in light of the most recent session
of the UN Security Council

Without signs of fundamental progress
by Fr. Sava Janjic
(document in MS Word format)


Ethnic map of former Yugoslavia before the
New Balkan wars 1991-1999 (click for the larger version 404KB)

 
Serbs and Roma, 2001

 ETHNIC MAPS
OF KOSOVO
Serbs and Roma in Kosovo 1991
Serbs and Roma, 1991

 Etnic composition of Kosovo 1991
Ethnic Composition in 1991


The Serb quarter in Prizren
The Ottawa Citizen: 'The most dangerous place on Earth'
Secret guerrilla armies. Neighbours stoning schoolbuses. Two peoples living in terror and hatred: Three years later, war-ravaged Kosovo remains a powderkeg.
June 22, 2002

Disappearance of Multiethnic cities in Kosovo and Metohija


Desecrated Serb cemetery near Pec, October 2001

The War Against the Dead...
Systematic destruction and desecration of Serb Orthodox Cemeteries
Report with photographs

Albanian terrorists continue killing Serb women and children
in the NATO presence three years after the end of the war....

A Serb Woman in Kosovo town Riddled With Bullets, Feb. 22, 2002


Antichristian acts of vandalism continue.....
Vandalized Serb Orthodox cemetery in South Mitrovica, Feb 2002

Church of St. Sava in South Mitrovica set on fire

"If it is absolutely certain and clear that terrorists in Kosovo and Metohija have thus far razed and burned 108 Orthodox churches and monasteries, why then would there be any difference with this, the 109th case. Those desiring to cover up terror committed against the Orthodox Church in Kosovo and Metohija have to put forth stronger evidence to convince us that it was merely carelessness, forgotten lit candles, or malfunctioned installations. The clergy ascertain that on that day there was no service, candles were not lit, and also that there was no electricity that evening in the entire block surrounding the church" – reported His Grace Bishop Artemije of Raska-Prizren to the Information Service of Serbian Orthodox Church regarding the fire in St. Sava's church in Mitrovica.

Leaving the monastery under  guard Traveling only under KFOR escort

Traveling only under KFOR escort in Italian military vehicles - After the Kosovo war 1998-1999 it is impossible for the monks and Serb visitors to the monastery to travel freely out of the monastery except under a KFOR military escort (click on the photo for a larger size image)


History is repeating - a Turkish escort ready to give protection to the
visitors of the Monastery beg. XX c. During the XIXc and in the beginning of XX c. the terror of the local Albanian clans was such that it was impossible to travell without armed escort
(Read the testimony of Edith Mary Durham 1904)

History is repeating again!

The monastery, which lies about 1500 feet above sea-level, appeared as a white church surrounded by outbuildings at the entrance of a magnificently wooded valley, through which flows a small river, the Dechanski Bistritza, the one slope rich with stately chestnuts and the other fir-clad. Robbed of its broad lands, which have been swooped on by the Albanians, who at the time of my visit made further progress up the valley impossible, it lies precariously on the bloody edge of things, and only the wonderful white marble church tells of its former glory. It was being used as a military outpost, and twenty-five Nizams and an officer were quartered on the monastery, which had also a guard of its own, a set of Mohammedan Albanians, who were said to be very loyal. They looked like a wild-beast show, spoke nothing but Albanian, had the most elegant manners, and I was never allowed outside the monastery gate without a couple of them. (Through the Land of the Serb, M.E. Durham 1904, London)

Holy Icons Burn Three Years After the War......


Burned holy icons in the Serb church in Mitrovica

Christmas - Jan 7 2002

This year's Christmas in Kosovo and Metohija was celebrated by Orthodox Serbs with spritual joy despite the restricted freedom and security threats. Those Serbs who managed to reach their churches attended the services under the KFOR military protection. Many believers had to travel in armoured vehicles to their parish churches, especially in Pristina (photo 2). Just before the Christmas day Dragoljub Markovic, a Serb from Kosovska Kamenica, was killed in a bomb attack. Two more bomb attacks occured in other parts of the province in which, thank God, no one was injured. These "Christmas gifts" from Albanian extremists reminded the Serb population that they are the only Christians in Europe who spend the Christmas holidays under the threat of terrorist attacks in which children, elderly and Christian churches are targeted in a Moslem dominated Kosovo province. (7. Jan 2002)

Kostunica condemns “violence and barbarity” in Kosovo (B92)
7. Jan 2002 20:06 BELGRADE, Tuesday – Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica said today that Christmas in Kosovo had been marred by “violence and barbarity by Albanian extremists.”

Kostunica said that recent outbreaks of violence were a warning that the situation in the province had not improved since the November elections when Belgrade agreed to urge Serbs to vote in return for guarantees from the UN mission.

"Kosovo Albanians must decide if they envisage a serious change of policy towards peace and stabilisation... or whether they intend to continue living within a context of violence," said the president.

 

ETHNIC INTOLERANCE AND CRIMES IN POST-WAR KOSOVO
(click to enlarge each photo; photos from the CIVPOL archive)

Kosovo Albanians beating non-Albanian male in the streets of Pristina after the war

Why Kosovo - The Anatomy of the Needles War Prof. Bob Allen

Full Text Report: The Latest OSCE Report on Position of Ethnic Minorities in Kosovo Kosovo society still based on ethnic and religious discrimination Christian monuments still exposed to everyday desecration

All previous OSCE minority reports in post war Kosovo

More than 10.000 Serb and other non-Albanian houses set on fire in Kosovo
in the very presence of NATO troops


An OSCE team in a Roma camp
The role of OSCE and UNMIK in protection of minorities has been reduced more or less
to registering the crimes and issuing reports while Kosovo is still ruled by criminal gangs,
terrorists and narco-mafia in the presence of 40.000 NATO led peacekeeping troops

Fear, hatred and distrust - those are the three impressions which strike you initially and which you take away from Kosovo-Metohija. Despite efforts made by the international community, the situation in the province evokes that which we have been witnessing in the Middle East for years. No end can be seen to it, and those who are not absorbed by hate towards others and their differences remain captives of the passive and obedient majority, seeing an opportunity to build their own prosperity on the misfortune of others. The isolation and threat to the Serb community is enormous; by all apparent evidence, it faces further uncertainty of its survival in the province. The following lines represent only a modest effort to present in an informative and documented way, the people I met and impressions from Pristina, Lipljane, Laplje Selo, Decani, Kosovska Mitrovica, Gracanica, and Vucitrn…

Washington Post, RULE OF LAW IS ELUSIVE IN KOSOVO, July 29 2001 Kosovo is still far away from rule of law and order. This report by Washington Post is a bitter testimony of many serious problems which burden the war torn southern province of Yugoslavia.

As Seen, As Told, Part II
June to October 1999

Report on
Human Rights Findings of
the OSCE Mission in Kosovo

HTML Version

Click here for complete document in PDF (6 MB !)

OSCE testimonies on the post-war retaliations against Serbs and non-Albanians in Kosovo and Metohija

EXCLUSIVE REPORT ON LAST SIX SERB WOMEN IN DJAKOVICA
FOR WHOM THE BELLS TOLL IN DJAKOVICA

Life under the constant guard
The story of Poleksija Kastratovic - Djakovica August 2001
The Albanians can destroy our church but they can never expel the Lord from our hearts

Serbian version - Za Kim zvone djakovicka zvona

Kosovo: Peace Now - by Tim Judah (New York Review of Books) - "If the next few weeks and months are unpredictable, then so, by definition, are the next few decades. While the Serbs stream out of Kosovo, just as they did from Croatia and western Bosnia in 1995, some may be tempted to think that a victory for ethnic cleansing, however brutal it may be in the short term, will at least secure peace in the long term. Others are not sure". - August 12, 1999.

Kosovo Forum - B92 - A collection of different articles by international, Serb and Albanian authors on the post-war situation in Kosovo and Metohija

 The Destroyed Church With a Bell Tower

Desecrated Heritage

The ruins of the Orthodox church in Suva Reka 

 The Monastery of St. Mark in Korisa

The Church Was Mined in a Professional Way

estroyed churches and monasteries Desecrated Icons and Frescoes
Destroyed Monuments

HOME FOR ALL
Prizren Orthodox Seminary Sheltering Serbs, Romas, Turks and Albanians Story of a Serb Orthodox Seminary which sheltered people of all ethnicities
The Independent, Serbs murdered by the hundred since 'liberation'. Nov 24, 99

Serbs Leaving Ancient Village of Velika Hoca, March 2000
The Independent UK, After 1,000 Years Terror Forces Serbs Out of Kosovo, March 26


A Serb priest amidst the ruins of desecrated
Zociste monastery, 14th century, photo July 2002

Kosovo Crucified - Film in Real Video

POST-WAR DESTRUCTION OF SERB PROPERTY - VILLAGES TURNED TO RUINS IN THE PRESENCE OF INTERNATIONAL PEACEKEEPERS

IMAGES FROM A DESTROYED VILLAGE - Belo Polje A Serb village near Pec which was totally destroyed by Kosovo Albanian extremists.
Thousands of destroyed houses after the war
photos of Serb houses burning in the very presence of KFOR troops which in 90% did nothing to prevent the arsonists in their terror.

Isolated Enclaves for Serbs and non-Albanians
Reporter, Conc. Camps in Kosovo - KLA Archipelago, April 5-00
Reporter, Conc Camps in Kosovo 2 , Apr 12-00
IWPR, Serbs Languish in Kosovo Jails, Apr 14-00

Truth in Facts
HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AGAINST MINORITIES IN KOSOVO
Since June 1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCENES OF DEATH AND PAIN

Thousands of Serb and Roma homes were set on fire and destroyed by ethnic
Albanians in the post-war period. All these arson attacks were committed
in the very presence of KFOR

P H O T O S

Tears

PHOTO STORY OF KOSOVO SERBS

Part 1
Part 2 Exodus

 Suffering of Kosovo Serbs in Post War Kosovo
Everyday Scene for Kosovo Serbs

Serb woman with her child leaving Prizren in fear - Gracko massacre funeral


Thousands of Serb and Roma houses which were destroyed after the war
deteriorate every day. Albanians take the building material away leaving only the concrete construction which wil collapse at the end. Although international community gives a lots of funds for repair of houses only around 80 Serb houses have been repaired so far which is almost insignificant compared to thousand of Albanians homes which have been completely reconstructed afte the war.

Scenes from a Dead Village - Belo Polje near Pec
March 2002


Deserted villages desapear under the garbage, Belo Polje near Pec, 2002


Kosovo Albanian Extremists are resolute to prevent under any expense
the return of the Serb refugees back to their homes, Belo Polje, March 2002

A German KFOR tank in front of a burning Serb house in Kosovo

Anarchy & Madness
Timothy Garton Ash,
New Yourk Review of Books, Feb, 2000
Reflective text on the difficult situation in Post-war Kosovo. Garton Ash makes a thorough analysis why there is no true peace in Kosovo.

"West won the war. I fear we are losing the peace."

Photos from the Decani Web Site on Google
Easy searchable thumbnail gallery

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