Serb refugees fleeing in front of Albanian terror

IN FOCUS

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

Part II

Part I Part III


A Serb beaten by Kosovo Albanians (from the archive of CIVPOL)

Homicide in Vitina
18-year-old Serb Aleksandar Dodic was killed simply because he was a Serb

Murder of an innocent

Text in Focus - Kosovo

At about 2.30 p.m on 30 April 2001, 18-year-old Aleksandar Dodic was shot twice and killed whilst walking with his sister and a friend in the Vitina market place.

He was killed simply because he was a Serb. At the age of 18, he had his entire adult life in front of him. He was described as a young man full of promise, very popular and full of life.
In the course of the incident, one of the shots fired by the gunman by chance hit an Albanian man sitting in his car nearby causing him serious injuries.

Last month, at the Gjilan District Court, two young Kosovo Albanians were convicted of the murder and causing serious injury to the second victim and were each sentenced to 15 years in jail.
This case typifies a particular and terrible aspect of post-conflict society in Kosovo. All internationals who work in the judicial system in Kosovo will have had experience with similar cases. The problem of ethnic bias, both actual and perceived, is so deep rooted here that it is, of course, one of the principal reasons for the presence of international judges and prosecutors in Kosovo.

It could be argued that young people such as these defendants have grown up in an environment characterised by ethnic hatred and that they have been exposed, either directly or indirectly, to events that have desensitised them. Therefore, it is said, they may be much more ready to see such behaviour as at least acceptable, if not desirable. This may well be true, but the Kosovo society is not unique in this respect. History provides many illustrations of societies where ethnicity has been the source of violent conflict, and there are modern parallels elsewhere in the world.

Nonetheless, most societies have advanced beyond the point where this type of action can be tolerated. This can only be achieved by popular will. Until the vast majority of people feels they can confidently and publicly reject such crimes, there will continue to be occasions when others, like Aleksandar, will lose their lives.

To some, and surely to his family, Aleksandar's death may seem to have had little purpose. Certainly it is true that so much of what he had to offer lay in the future. Sadly his death is far from unique. However, there are reasons to believe that, albeit very gradually, improvement of a critical kind is taking place in the hearts and minds of ordinary citizens of Kosovo. The majority of people have a strong desire to lead positive and useful lives, and significantly this is most apparent in the young. Secondly, education is increasingly seen as the means by which people make progress, and education carries with it the benefits of increasing tolerance and broadmindedness. Thirdly, the continuing imposition of peace by KFOR and UNMIK, together with the establishment of the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government, carries the process forward since the passage of time is a subtle but surprisingly powerful factor in this process. If the eventual outcome is successful then possibly Aleksandar's family will be able to take some small comfort from the fact that others had spent a little of their own lives thinking of the qualities which he possessed and that the lessons from his death have not been wasted.

Timothy Clayson
International Judge

Kosovo Feb 17, 2001 - Jerusalem June 20, 2002

On February 17 K/Albanian terrorist group blew up a bus with Serb civilians: 11 persons were killed and nearly 40 wounded. On June 20, Palestinian terrorists blew up a bus in Jerusalem killing 26 people and wounding dozens more. Peace be to their souls - Vyechnaya Pamyat - Shalom.


Serb refugee wants to go back home to Kosovo

Kosovo Ombudsman Mr Marek Antoni Nowitzki, Apr. 4, 2002
Ombudsman Nowitzki accuses Albanians of putting pressure on Serbs!

Epoka e Re (Kosovo daily in Albanian) writes that Kosovo Ombudsperson Marek Nowitzki reportedly said that the Albanian community in Kosovo is pressuring the Serbs, leaving the impression of a strategy to expel all Serbs from Kosovo. Nowitzki told Belgrade newspaper Blic that part of the pressure is the sale of Serb properties. "We have the situation where a traditional Serb neighborhood turns into an Albanian one and UNMIK doesn't do anything about it," he said.

"There's no freedom of movement. Human rights are not respected. Generally speaking, with every day the situation is increasingly worse. Serbs are increasingly isolated in their enclaves. There is no freedom of living. Their property has been usurped. Serbs are in dilemma to stay or to leave. We are far away from minimal living conditions," said Nowitzki.

He criticized the NGO, HPD Habitat, which has oversight of property issues. "Habitat is big mistake. People in Bosnia and Croatia know this well. As long as this situation exists, there is little hope that things will get better. We have to ask ourselves how long the people in Shtërpce, Prishtina and Graçanica will stand being isolated," he said.

Nowitzki judged that if Habitat continued to work at the current tempo, it would need 500 years to resolve property issues, which would be intolerable for the Serb community. "The Serb community in Kosovo has been beheaded. They need urgent help. There are no qualified people that can be compared to Albanian political leaders," he said.

Report by UNMIK Media Monitoring Division


Desecrated Serb cemetery near Pec, October 2001

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



UCK terrorists still active in Kosovo and Macedonia

PART ONE - PART TWO

PART ONE
Human Rights Abuses in Kosovo and Metohija

Latest News

Serb woman killed in Lipljan - Bomb Attack in Vitina
Serbs leave the boundary area, Feb 22, 2002

True face of Kosovo's "democracy"

Before KFOR deployment in Kosovo (June 99) 10.000 Serbs lived in Lipljan, a Kosovan town 15 km. south of Pristina. At the moment, almost three years after the end of war only 2.200 remain living in a ghetto. Since the KFOR arrival 33 Serbs of the relatively small Lipljan municipality were murdered by Kosovo Albanian extremists, 17 were abducted and are still missing. In this period there were 150 bomb attacks. After his visit to Lipljan Kosovo's Ombudsperson Marek Nowitzki confirmed in his official report that Serbs lived in a ghetto without bacis human rights and freedoms. The true face of "Kosovo's democracy" may be seen in Lipljan, Obilic, Orahovac, Pristina where Serbs live enclosed in their quarter withut freedom to move freely. Existence of ghettoes and such intolerance, which the owner of the Kosovo Albanian newspaper Koha Ditore Veton Surroi called "fashism", is the best indication that Kosovo remains the most intolerant and criminal part of Europe today reminding us all of the darkest days of WW2 nacism.


A scene of murder of the Serb University Professor Basic by Kosovo Albanian mob in Pristina after the arrival of KFOR and UN Mission
(photo from the archive of CIVPOL)


Suggested reading

Washington Post, Rule of Law is Elusive in Kosovo, July 29 2001
The copy of this article available on our page

War and immediate post-war casualties in numbers


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 troops

OSCE MINORITY REPORTS ON KOSOVO

HUMANITARIAN LAW CENTER
Abductions and Disappearances of Non-Albanians in Kosovo, MS Word Doc 1.13Mb
24 March 1999 - 31 December 2000
A detailed report of the renowned Humanitarian Law Center, headed by Mrs. Natasa Kandic, which
presents dramatic evidence on post war abuses by KLA and other Kosovo Albanian extremist groups

A Lesson of Orahovac
The report by Humanitarian Law Center on KLA post-war abuses in the area of Orahovac, Kosovo

MS Word format

NEW DISCOVERIES ON THE BUS ATTACK LEAD TO THE HIGHEST RANKING KLA - KPC LEADERS
The main suspect - Florim Ejupi thought worked for CIA, UN authorities in Kosovo claim

A blown up Serb bus

After the terrorist attack on a Serb civilian bus (Feb 17, 2001) in which 11 people were killed (two of them children) and 40 wounded a few Kosovo Albanian suspects have been arrested by UN police. The main suspect Florim Ejupi is direcly linked to the circles of Kosovo Albanian organized crime, close to the former KLA and its successor UN/NATO sponosred Kosovo Protection Corps. Despite all security measures Ejupi ran away from the American detention facility in Camp Bondsteel. British Sunday Times reveals in its article by Bob Graham (July 29: British troops' error led to bus bomb) that "UN sources believe that Florim Ejupi had been working for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). His trial would have been a serious embarrassment, they claim".

The Sunday Times, British Troops' Error Led to Bus Bomb, July 29 2001

On the same day, July 29 Washington Post brings a comprehensive article on the situation in Kosovo, directly accusing the highest authorities of the internationally sponosred Kosovo Protection Corps as being involved in organized crime and persecution of Serb population

Kosovo Polje church
Freedom of religion in Muslim dominated Kosovo - Orthodox Christian churches behind the
barbed wire and watch-towers
(See destruction of churches)

Memorandum of the Serb National Council on gross violations of human rights in post-war Kosovo and Metohija

HRONOLOGY OF EVENTS IN KOSOVO JUNE 12-OCT 31

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


JIRI DIENSTBIER - MAFIA RULES KOSOVO
Reports on Human Rights, Dec 99 and March 2000
BLIC, Dienstbier - Mafia Rules Kosovo, March 30


International Crisis Group Report
VIOLENCE IN
KOSOVO - WHO IS KILLING WHOM?
PDF VERSION


Overview of the Kosovo Albanian Crimes Against Serbs and Non-Albanians (Jun-Dec 99)

Weeping over the graves of Serb women killed by Albanian terrorists, Pec Patriarchate
Graves of two Serb victims in Kosovo, Pec Monastery
Mileva Sevic (cross on the right) was raped and killed by Albanians
although she was mentaly retarded.

Human Rights Abuses Against Serbs and non-Albanians in 1998and beginning of 1999
Human Rights Violations Against Kosovo Serbs in 1998 HRW
Dissapearances of Serbs and other non-Albanians Jan - July 1998 HLC
Chronology of anti-Serb terror in Kosovo Apr 1996 - Feb 1998, YUPress
NCW, Jane's Says Moslem Guerillas Wage War of Terror Against Serbs
BBC, Circassians Flee Kosovo Conflict Threatened by KLA, Aug 2, 1998
Serbia Info, Samodreza Village Without Serbs, March 1, 1999
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KOSOVO'S FASCHISM - ALBANIAN SHAME
The Article by an Albanian Intellectual from Pristina

Remaining Serbs in Kosovo Liibr in Fear and Uncertainity
Kosovo Serbs in Kosovo remain living in fear and uncertainity
facing the everyday Albanian terror and discrimination

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


Kosovo Albanians beating a non-Albanian male (a Gorani) in the streets of Pristina after the war


The Latest Cases of Human Rights Violations in Post War Kosovo

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SUFFERING OF SERBS, SLAV MOSLEMS, JEWS, CROATS AND ROMAS
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KOSOVO POST-WAR CLEANSING OF MINORITIES

HOME FOR ALL
Prizren Orthodox Seminary Sheltering Serbs, Romas, Turks and Albanians
AP, Report: Kosovo Minorities Persecuted, Feb 11, 2000

SUFFERING OF SERBS IN POST WAR KOSOVO

THE LESSON OF ORAHOVAC
Humanitarian Law Center Report Related to KLA led violence against minorities
Report on the situation in Kosovo and Metohia (June 29, 1999)
SERBS LEFT AS TARGETS, summer 1999
Diary on the Life of the Remaining Serbs in Pristina, Oct 1999
AFP, Elderly Serb Woman Beaten, Dragged Through Street, March 31, 2000

A Kosovo Journals of a Journalist from Berlin, Nikola Zivkovic
Reporter, Speak English So That No One Understands, Dec 29, 1999
NYT, Strangers in a Familiar Land: The Serbs of Kosovo

POST-WAR DESTRUCTION OF SERB PROPERTY
IMAGES FROM A DESTROYED VILLAGE - Belo Polje
Thousands of destroyed houses after the war

Serb Farmers Killed in July 2, 1999
Serb farmers victimes of Albanian extremists, Staro Gracko
Perpertrators have not been arrested more than two years after the tragedy


LIFE IN BARBED WIRE
Post-War Life of Kosovo Serb Orthodox Monasteries, Decani Prizren: After the War
NIN, Detention Camp in the Seminary, May 11-00
Life in Prizren Seminary

INTERNATIONAL PRESS TESTIMONIES
Guardian, Suffering of the Serbs Left Behind, July 26 - 99
It is Hard to Live And Even Harder to Escape,
Ghetto in Orahovac, Glas, Nov 14-99
WSWS, Serbs and Roma Flee KLA Terror in Kosovo, Aug 20-99
IWPR, Serb Refugees Rejected By Belgrade, June 99
Independent, Serbs murdered by the hundred since 'liberation'...Nov 24-99
HLC, Fear and Violence - Main Reasons For Leaving Kosovo, Feb 7-00
AP, Out of Work and Hope, Serbs Evacuate Kosovo, Feb 17-00
D Telegraph Besieged Serbs Remain Defiant In Losing Battle for Survival, Feb 22-00
N Novine (BLK) In Gorazdevac it appears the war is not yet finished, May 19-00

A Serb Woman beaten by Albanians in Pristina
A Serb Woman Beaten by Albanians in Pristina in August 1999
Unprotected Serb women and elderly people are usually targeted


KFOR and UNMIK say the situation is better But the facts say opposite
ERP, Attacks on Serb Civilians and Their Churches
in Kosovo Continued, March 1-00
Guardian, UK, Search For a Safe Harbour, March 16-00
AFP, Kosovar Albanians Pushing More Serbs Out, UNHCR, March 22-00
Reuters, Serb Return to Kosovo Too Risky - UNHCR Boss, March 22-00
WP, War To Preserve Multiethnicity Has Left Serbs
Segregated in Ghettos, March 24-00
The Independent UK, After 1,000 Years Terror Forces
Serbs Out of Kosovo March 26-00
USA Today, Serbs Fear They'll Be Eliminated From Kosovo, March 27-00
AFP, Kosovo Serbs Live in Fear and Boredom in Enclaves, April 4-00

LISTS OF MISSING AND KILLED SERBS IN THE POST WAR KOSOVO

THE LIST OF DEAD AND MISSING SERBS

Fr. Chariton Lukic and Fr. Stephen Puric
abducted by Albanian extremists in summer 1999

In search for the missing
One of everyday scenes - relatives of missing Serbs ask from the YU Government
to do somethnig for their dear ones


UNHCR Bus whic transported Serbs attacked by Albanian terrorists
in Feb 2000 attacked by a rocket propelled grenade. Attacking humanitarian convoys of non-Albanian civilians was one of the methods which Albanian terrorists employed especially against Serbs
More


BUILDING DEMOCRACY IN KOSOVO
Summer 1999 in Kosovo..... Did everything really go so well
Chief of UNMIK Dr. Bernard Kouchner and US State Secretary Madleine Albright

In the time of worst human rights abuses, everyday murders, arson attacks, and kidnappings US State Secretary and UN Special Representative triumphantly walk Pristina streets proud of bringing freedom to the people of Kosovo

NATO Bombing of Yugoslavia
Humanitarian Action or a War Crime?


NATO missiles target a Serbian bridge, and hit a civilian train

"We are just little crosses on their computer displays
We are just a part of their video-game..."

Verses by a contemporary Serbian poet Matija Beckovic

NATO Crimes in Yugoslav War

 

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