Serb refugees fleeing in front of Albanian terror

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POST-WAR HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AGAINST THE SERBS AND OTHER NON-ALBANIANS IN KOSOVO


 Serb woman in a bus attacked by Albanians
Targets due to their ethnic and
religious origin - Serbs in post war Kosovo

REPRESSION SUPPLANTED BY REPRESSION IN KOSOVO

Supplanting of one repression by another in Kosovo, after the NATO intervention, is one of the most disturbing evidences of an essential failure of the international community to secure peace and manifest true credibility and leadership - Fr. Sava


 Contents:

*OSCE and other human rights reports
*Lists of Killed and Missing Serbs
*Veton Surroi Calls it Faschism
*Human Rights Abuses in 1998
*Kosovo Post-War Cleansing of Minorities
- Serbs
- Roma (Gypsies)
- Slavic Moslems
- Jews
- Croats
*Albanian repression prior to Milosevic
*Terrorism and Organized Crime, KLA
*Testimonies
Various texts and photo material

 PHOTO STORY OF KOSOVO SERBS
Part 1
Part 2
SUFFERING OF KOSOVO SERBS
in Post-war Kosovo

Pain and fear
Kosovo As It Is....
Story of Post-War Kosovo
in text and photos
THE KOSOVO EXODUS CONTINUES,
IWPR, JAN 25, 2000

PART I

Part II Part III

Drive-by kills Kosovo Serb teenager

(photo: the body of the murdered Serb teenager after he was shot)


Dimitrije Popovic, a Serb teenager killed by Kosovo Albanian extremists
in a hamburger shop in Gracanica, June 5, 2004

PRISTINA -- Saturday, 5 June 2004 -- A Serb teenager was shot and killed today in a drive-by shooting just outside Pristina.

Witnesses told police shots were fired from a white vehicle killing the 16-year-old, Dimitrije Popovic, a spokesman for the UN police told AFP.

Kent Stica said Kosovo's police force set up checkpoints soon after the shooting and spotted a suspicious vehicle which was then stopped and the occupants arrested.

"Two males were arrested and the vehicle seized in Pristina," Stica said, without disclosing the identities or the nationality of the suspects.

A UN police spokesman in charge of the capital Pristina however said the two arrested were ethnic Albanians.

"They are both ethnic Albanians," Malcolm Ashby told AFP.

He said police seized two weapons suspected of having been used in the shooting.

Police said the road towards Gracanica, where the shooting occurred, was blocked off by local and UN police and would remain closed until Monday as NATO-led peacekeepers and local police stepped up patrols in the area.

Kosovo's ethnic Albanian president, Ibrahim Rugova expressed his condolences to the family of slain boy and called upon the authorities to rapidly bring the perpetrators to justice.

The outgoing chief UN administrator, Harri Holkeri condemned the shooting and called upon Kosovo's people to renounce violence.

"Is that what the people of Kosovo really want? No, it can not be true," Holkeri, who on May 25 said he was stepping down from his post for health reasons, told journalists at Pristina airport.

A similar shooting in March had sent hundreds of Serbs protesting in the streets of Gracanica blocking the road for several days, irking ethnic Albanians who attempted to break through police barricades into the Serb-inhabited enclave.

The March violence left 19 dead and over 900 injured and pitted the two sides into deeper mistrust nearly sinking the United Nations' five-year efforts to reconcile the two ethnic groups.

Kosovo has been under UN and NATO control since June 1999.


Bishop Artemije and Serb political representatives from Belgrade
at the funeral of the killed Serb teenager in Gracanica

KOSOVO SERB DIES OF STARVATION

"He was completely devastated by hunger and physically resembled the inmates of [the WWII concentration camp] Auschwitz. Although he lived in downtown Urosevac, he had eaten nothing for more than 15 days because his Albanian neighbors stopped bringing him food and he did not dare venture out on the street," said Dr. Nebojsa Srbljak, the internist who treated Velikinac.

Beta News Agency, Belgrade
October 17, 2003

Urosevac Serb dies of starvation

(photo Beta: Today there are some 15 Serbs living in Urosevac and formerly there were 10,000. Once a week they are escorted by international forces to do their shopping in the closest Serb town, Strpce)


KOSOVSKA MITROVICA - Zivorad Velikinac (65) of Urosevac passed away at Kosovska Mitrovica Hospital after being brought to the hospital two days ago by KFOR members for treatment for starvation.

"He was completely devastated by hunger and physically resembled the inmates of [the WWII concentration camp] Auschwitz. Although he lived in downtown Urosevac, he had eaten nothing for more than 15 days because his Albanian neighbors stopped bringing him food and he did not dare venture out on the street," said Dr. Nebojsa Srbljak, the internist who treated Velikinac.

After Velikinac's demise last night, his body was claimed by relatives. He had no children. He will be buried in Kraljevo.

Today there are some 15 Serbs living in Urosevac and formerly there were 10,000. Once a week they are escorted by international forces to do their shopping in the closest Serb town, Strpce.


ELDERLY KOSOVO SERBS BETWEEN CHOICE OF BEING MURDERED OR STARVED OF HUNGER

SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH SHOCKED BY LACK OF CARE FOR ELDERLY SERBS IN MAJOR KOSOVO CITIES

ERPKIM Info-service
Gracanica, October 17, 2003
 

Bishop Artemije expressed today his shock and deep regret because of death of Zivorad Velikinac, one of 15 remaining elderly Serbs in Urosevac who died of starvation.

 "It is incomprehensible that no one in Kosovo cares for these poor people who are left to slow dying. Regrettably, Serbian Orthodox Church and its clerics do not have freedom of movement and cannot regularly visit their isolated parishioners. Our pastoral work is limited only within Serb enclaves. Most of our isolated elderly people do not have normal access to shops and medical institutions, Albanian hooligans break their windows and threaten to kill them every day. Sometimes their Albanian neighbors give them some food to survive but these are rare examples because such good minded Albanians can suffer themselves for showing solidarity with Serbs. I am afraid, this will not be the only case of starvation because humanitarian organizations mostly employ local Albanian personnel who simply want all Serbs to die or leave their homes. Such silent ethnic cleansing of Kosovo cities in front of eyes of the democratic world deserves utmost condemnation", said Bishop Artemije to the ERP KIM Info-Service. Such inhuman society, which we have in Kosovo today, is unique in Europe and the civilized world, and I am at the loss to find a proper word how hatred can conquer the hearts of so many that they even do not show mercy towards the elderly and children.

An elderly Kosovo Serb, Janko Jankovic (72) who was beaten in Prizren two weeks ago and Mrs. Sofijana Jovanovic (72) who was shot and wounded in Gnjilane a few days later are only some of the recent attacks on elderly Kosovo Serbs who are deprived of basic security and social care. Direct responsibility for such indifference towards these poor people who struggle to survive in their homes desite ethnic hatred and overall discrimination lies on UNMIK and local Albanian structures which build society only to serve the needs of ethnic Albanians", added Bishop Artemije.

Once again I appeal on all responsible institutions in UNMIK not to allow ethnic cleansing of our remaining elderly people who have done no harm to anyone but only want to stay in their homes and spend their last years in peace and dignity.

MASSACRE OF SERB CHILDREN IN GORAZDEVAC, AUG 13


One of Serb children seriously wounded by
Albanian terrorists
More news and photos

TWO SERB CHILDREN DEAD AND FOUR WOUNDED IN A COWARDLY ATTACK OF KOSOVO ALBANIAN TERRORISTS,
August 13, 2003

Gorazdevac victims laid to rest
| 17:24 -> 19:28 | Beta

(cross in hands of the younger brother of Panta Dakic)

GORAZDEVAC -- Friday -- Kosovo's Serb community today laid to rest two Serb youths shot dead whilst swimming in Kosovo's River Bistrica two days ago.

First to be buried was Pantelija Dakic, whose funeral was attended by around 1,000 local citizens.

The funeral, in the village of Gorazdevac near Pec, was also attended by Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Zivkovic, deputy Serbian Prime Minister Nebojsa Covic, deputy UNMIK head Charles Brayshaw, Kosovo Minister Nenad Bogdanovic and the majority of MPs from the Kosovo-Serb Return Coalition.

Montenegrin and Coastal Bishop Amfilohije Radovic and members of the Raska and Prizren eparchy led the service and prayer of remembrance, while representatives of international missions have already signed a book of remembrance opened in the village centre.

Bidding farewell to 11-year-old Pantelija, a school friend said the "hand of a criminal pulled the trigger and the burst of fire brought unavoidable death and snuffed out a life which had only just begun".

Wreaths were laid at the grave by relatives, friends and representatives of the Serbian Government and UNMIK.

The village, secured on all sides today by heavily armed international troops, later hosted the funeral of the second victim of the attack – twenty-year-old Ivan Jovovic.

Bishop Amfilohije said that while other Europeans harvest wheat from their fields "we are in Kosovo fields harvesting nothing but death for the last 600 years", he added that the death of the innocent is beginning once again in the province and that a warning should be heeded by minded people and Kosovo's honourable Albanian community.

Speaking at Jovovic's graveside, PM Zivkovic noted that this was the first time Serbian officials had visited Kosovo for four years, saying that the occasion for the visit was"horrifying" and only added to centuries of Serb death.

NEW TERRORIST ATTACK IN KOSOVO


Stanica Savic, the mother of killed Kosovo Serb school teacher Miomir Savic, mourns over a coffin with his remains during a funeral in the village of Cernica, September 2, 2003. Savic died in a hospital at the U.S. Army's Camp Bondsteel from wounds sustained when a hand-grenade exploded, outside a shop in the village of Cernica on Sunday. REUTERS/Stringer Reuters - Sep 02 3:33 PM

ONE SERB DIED AND FOUR WOUNDED IN LATEST KOSOVO ATTACK

ERPKIM Info-service
Gracanica, September 01, 2003

Last night, the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Raska and Prizren received urgent news of a new attack on Serbs in ethnically mixed village of Cernica (pr. Tsernitsa) near Gnjilane (pr. Gneelaneh), 40 km southeast from the Provincial capital Pristina.

First explosion occurred around 19.50, Sunday evening. Local sources claim that unknown person hurled an explosive device from a deserted house on a group of Serbs who were standing in front of the local village store, in the centre of the village. Five Serb males sustained wounds in this explosion.

One of the injured, Miomir Savic (born 1968) was transported by KFOR helicopter with very serious injuries to the U.S. Camp Bondsteel, three males were transported with unknown injuries to Vranje hospital (South Serbia) and another male was hospitalized in Gnjilane regional hospital.

Five minutes after the first explosion, around 19.55, another explosion was heard in the lower (Serbian) part of the village. In this attack no one was injured.

Members of U.S. KFOR, in which area of responsibility the attack occurred, have been searching the village. According to the local sources they have found a larger quantity of explosives in the deserted house which was ready to be exploded. If the explosives had been detonated number of victims could have been much higher, local sources say.

Yesterday's attack is not the only attack on members of Serb community in Cernica village. Kosovo Albanian extremists have made several attacks in the last four years on their Serb neighbors. On May 28, 2000 Albanian extremists killed three Serbs (among them one child) and wounded five more in Cernica. This was the hardest blow this little Serb community suffered after the deployment of the peacekeeping forces in June 1999.

Serbian population in Kosovsko Pomoravlje (Eastern part of the UN administered Province) and the rest of Kosovo and Metohija are in shock and alarm after the yesterday's attack in Cernica.

Presently, in Cernica village there are 450 Serbs and 3000 Kosovo Albanians who live in separate parts of the village.



Kosovo Serbs look at blood on a road September 1, 2003, after a hand-grenade explosion outside a shop in the ethnically mixed village of Cernica, Kosovo, which killed onen Serb man and injured four on Sunday evening. REUTERS/Hazir Reka

MASSACRE IN OBILIC
ENTIRE SERB FAMILY BUTCHRED BY KOSOVO ALBANIAN EXTREMISTS, June 4, 2003

The house in which three elderly Serbs were murdered and burnt

THREE SERBS MURDERED IN KOSOVO: UN
"This is a heinous act, a perfidious crime which was directed against multi-ethnicity in Kosovo," Steiner told the gathering, which booed him.

Source: Agence France-Presse (AFP)
Date: 4 Jun 2003

OBILIC, Serbia-Montenegro, June 4 (AFP) - An elderly Serb couple and their son were axed to death and their house was set on fire Wednesday in one of the worst incidents of violence in Kosovo in recent months, a United Nations official said.

Slobodan Stolic, 80, his wife Radmila, 78, and their son Ljubinko, 53, were murdered in their house at Obilic, some 15 kilometers (nine miles) northwest of the Kosovo capital Pristina around 2:30 am (0030 GMT), UN spokesman Andrea Angeli said.

The house was then set alight by the unknown attackers, he said.

The murders came hours before the European Union's foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, was due to arrive in the southern Serbian province in an apparent bid to win support for a meeting of Serb and Albanian leaders at an upcoming EU summit in Greece this month.

The violence is likely to further fuel the deep animosity between the two communities and complicate UN efforts to find political common ground between the Albanian government in Kosovo and the Serbian authorities in Belgrade.

UN mission chief Michael Steiner and Kosovo's ethnic Albanian prime minister, Bajram Rexhepi, rushed to the town after news of the attack reached Pristina. They were jeered by a crowd of angry Serbs.

"This is a heinous act, a perfidious crime which was directed against multi-ethnicity in Kosovo," Steiner told the gathering, which booed him.

"We need justice here and to find those who are responsible," he added, promising to set up a special UN police task force to investigate the murders.

Rexhepi condemned the slaughter as a "base and barbaric act." Beta news agency reported that Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Nebojsa Covic was also on his way here Wednesday.

Kosovo has been under UN control since the end of a NATO bombing campaign in June 1999 which forced Belgrade forces to withdraw from the southern Serbian province and end a brutal crackdown on the Albanian majority.

Hundreds of Serbs and non-Albanians have been killed or have gone missing since the end of the war, while more than 200,000 Serbs have fled the province fearing reprisals from Albanian extremists.

Serbs accuse the UN of bias toward the Albanians and of failing to provide security for the return of the refugees.

Novica Stolic, a cousin of the slain family, said the murders highlighted the ineffectiveness of UN and NATO security for the targeted minority.

"There were threats last night made against the family and pressure from Albanians for the family to leave Obilic," Stolic said.

"Earlier Molotov cocktails were thrown at the house and their car was stolen. It just goes to show the lack of security."

But Angeli said it was too early to say whether the murder was motivated by ethnic hatred.

"It's a murder and we are still investigating this horrendous crime," he said, adding that "a large crowd of Serbs has gathered in Obilic and they are very nervous."

Nenad Radosavljevic, a Serbian advisor to Steiner for minority and refugee issues, told B92 radio in Belgrade that there could be no doubt that the murders were a hate crime.

He said the UN, NATO and Albanian authorities in Kosovo must bear the responsibility.

"I will demand the suspension of all local authorities in Kosovo and the introduction of an absolute protectorate. I will also ask for the resignation of Kosovo Prime Minister Bajram Rexhepi," he said.

The mayor of Obilic, local police leaders and the commanders of NATO peacekeepers in central Kosovo should also resign, he said.

"Somebody has to bear responsibility for this," Radosavljevic said.

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

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

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

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

KOSOVO: NO PROTECTION IN CAPITAL FOR ATTACKED ORTHODOX CHURCH AND PRIEST

Fr. Miroslav Popadic

Despite repeated requests for protection, including requests made personally two weeks ago to the KFOR commander, adaquate protection for a Serbian Orthodox Church and its priest in Kosovo's capital Pristina has not been provided since the removal of KFOR guards at the end of 2002. Attacks have become frequent and on 10 May many church windows were broken. Parish priest Fr Miroslav Popadic told Forum 18 News Service that "I open the church gates only on Sunday mornings and on major holidays for the faithful to come to liturgy, otherwise, if someone comes to church without a call in advance I do not open the gates. When I visit local villages, I make the sign of the cross, sit in my car and drive fast at my own risk". KFOR's commander told Fr Popadic he "cannot give any more troops for the protection of churches". No arrests have been made since for the attacks on Orthodox churches since 1999 and KFOR has not replied to Forum 18 News Service's questions on this latest attack, or to questions about the security of Orthodox churches and monasteries.

Report by the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Raska and Prizren
Information Service

ETHNIC TERROR CONTINUES IN KOSOVO, May 11, 2003

In Kosovo and Metohija there are still two realities, which have little in common. On the one hand, there are official statements by some international representatives and Kosovo Albanian leaders describing the continuous improvement of the situation and the need to transfer UNMIK competencies to the local population as quickly as possible. On the other hand, for the Kosovo-Metohija Serbs and largely for other at-risk minority communities continuing to live under a state of siege, the situation is not improving but life is actually becoming increasingly difficult and the future more and more uncertain.


City of Ghosts - Empty houses of expelled Serbs from Prizren, the area is protected and surrounded by KFOR barbed wire

The Commissioner for Human Rights publishes a report on the situation in Kosovo
[17 OCT 2002] Alvaro Gil-Robles has just released a report entitled ''Kosovo : the human rights situation and the fate of persons displaced from their homes''. The report was prepared in response to Recommendation 1569 (2002) of the Parliamentary Assembly on the ''Situation of refugees and internally displaced persons in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia'' and is based on the findings of two visits in the region.

KOSOVO - THE HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION, Oct 16, 2002
Full text of the report (pdf)



The situation of residents of Kosovo who are not of Albanian ethnicity remains very difficult. Many, in particular Serbs and Roma remain isolated in ghettos and face great danger should they venture out of those ghettos without armed international escorts. Their extremely restricted freedom of movement has serious repercussions on all aspects of normal life – access to employment, medical care, schools, and public services generally. The provision of public utilities (electricity, water, etc.) to these ghettos is at a much lower standard than to the rest of the population. MORE IN MS WORD


Attack on Elderly Serbs in Pec - Reports, News, Video....

TWO VIDEO REPORTS
Ethnic Albanians Protest Serb's Return To Kosovo (Reuters Video)
- Oct 11 10:46 AM ET

Ethnic Violence in Kosovo Injures Two (AP Video)
- Oct 10 5:56 PM ET

Communique of the Serbian Orthodox Church and SNC
POLITIKA: Serbs and UN Police Stoned, Oct 12, 2002
BLIC: We barely made it out alive, Oct 12
GLAS: Three Serb returnees injured, Oct 12
AFP, UN police, ethnic Albanians clash in western Kosovo, Oct 10
AP: NATO, UN police clash with ethnic Albanians in Kosovo
Other Reactions


Marek Antoni Nowitzki - Kosovo's Ombudsperson
Serbs Cannot Survive in Kosovo Under Present Conditions
April 2, 2002

There is no freedom of movement. Human rights are not respected and are endangered in all their facets. Generally, the situation is becoming increasingly difficult with every new day. Serbs are increasingly shutting themselves off in their enclaves. Many say that there are improvements, but not to the extent that would allow anyone to claim with clear conscience that there is evidence of any tangible changes. The main problem, and everyone is aware of that, is that there is no freedom of movement, there is no freedom in general, private property has been usurped... Serbs are weighing whether to stay or leave, and so far they haven't been told how they can stay in Kosovo. We are far from any semblance of freedom, or at least minimal conditions for decent life. If there are no basic human rights, then we cannot discuss any human rights, and that is why it is necessary not only to change the attitude of the international mission with respect to the problems in Kosovo, but also, and more importantly, the attitude of a narrow circle of ethnic Albanians. MORE

Victims of Albanian Terrorism in Kosovo and Metohija
1998-2001 - full text and links



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Serb refugees in Serbia request to go back to their homes in Kosovo

KOSOVO OMBUDSPERSON:
HOPELESS FUTURE FOR MINORITIES

July 2002

Position of the non-Albanian population in Kosovo is very difficult. Many of them, especially Serbs and Romas, are remaining isolated in ghettos and are faced with great risk if they go out from a ghetto without armed escort. Their extreme limit of freedom of movement have serious consequences on all aspects of new life - possibility of employment, medical care, education and generally, all public services," said Marek Nowicki in his July report to be forwarded to UNMIK Chief Michael Steiner.


Etnicaly divided society - KFOR protects the Serb worshipers from the provoking Albanian crowd
Zociste Monastery, July 14th 2002

IS THERE A FUTURE FOR THE SERB CHILDREN IN KOSOVO?

Kosovo - A place where freedom of children depends on
their ethnicity and religion - Europe 2002 or 1941?
In an Albanian Moslem dominated province Serb children are the only children in Europe today who cannot have normal and free childhood, who live in constant fear that they would be murdered or blown up in a bus just because they do not speak Albanian and do not pray to Alah. Although KFOR is making tremendous efforts to provide a minimum of freedom for the Serbs, the province three years after the war remains a region ruled by ethnic discrimination, indimidation, crime and destruction of old Christian monuments. Quo vadis Europa?

Kosovo 2002 - Serb Reservations - Did you come to see a zoo?
Counterpunch, by James T. Phillips, June 20, 2002

"They turned it into a desert and called it peace"
Tacitus describing Roman Empire



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

"With the exception of several thousand Serbian citizens who live in NATO-protected enclaves, Kosovo remains essentially a lawless society, completely intolerant of ethnic minorities and one of the most dangerous places on Earth." James Bisset, the former Canadian Ambassador to Yugoslavia
"The housing program also illustrates the vast discrepancy between the allocation of funds to Albanian Kosovars and other ethnic minorities. Throughout the Albanian sectors "monster" homes -- many larger than 7,000 square feet -- are being built. Along the main roads are dozens of new hotels and service centres, complete with car washes, supermarkets and cafés. By contrast, inside the isolated minority enclaves there has been little reconstruction, and the residents buy their gas from black marketeers who sell it in plastic bottles from their car trunks."

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