Kosovo two years After - Apartheid, Ghettos, Enclaves, No Human Rights
Entrance to the Serb Enclave of Gracanica, 5 km east of Pristina
treatment of Kosovo's Serbs brings shame on all Kosovo
Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, is probably the place in the world where human rights are most grossly violated. Serbs there, as well as in most of Kosovo today, may be killed if they speak their language in public, just because they belong to other ethnic group and religion. They cannot by food in shops, they can't go to the hospital or by medicines if they are ill. Many of their homew were looted, set on fire, their graveyards desecrated and churches mercilessly destroyed all over Kosovo. Serb children in Pristina cannot have their school, they cannot go to cinema or walk in the streets. No, this is not time of war... This is post-war Kosovo with 40.000 NATO soldiers, UN adminstaration, numerous humanitarian and human-rights organizations. When you come to Pristina and walk in its streets, eat in its restaurants, remember that in this city there are those who are not granted even the minimum in their lives. After more than two years of internatinonal peace Kosovo is becoming an example of a most intensive ethnic cleansing in the time of peace.
testimonies of independent Western observers
Irish Times, Chaos Reigns As World's Gaze Wanders, March 25-00
Since the end of war in June 1999 Kosovo Serbs have been deprived of basic human rights. When NATO troops and UN mission arrived to the province one repression of an undemocratic regime was replaced by another repression launched by the Albanian armed rebels known as UCK, mafia from Albania and individuals seeking revenge. The freedom has come only for ethnic Albanians while the everyday life for Serbs became a real hell full of suffering and unrestrained Albanian terror. Since the end of war around 1000 Serbs have been killed, more than 1200 have been kidnapped or taken to UCK run illegal prisons, thousands of Serb homes were set on fire, more than 100 churches have been destroyed or seriously damaged.
Reports on Human Rights, Dec 99 and March 2000
BLIC, Dienstbier - Mafia Rules Kosovo, March 30-00
AFP, Elderly Serb Woman Beaten, Dragged Through Street, March 31-00
See: Destruction of Churches and Monasteries in Post-War Kosovo
QUO VADIS EUROPA CHRISTIANA?
Prizren Orthodox Seminary Sheltering Serbs, Romas, Turks and Albanians
Bishop Artemije, his monks and nuns help Serbs to survive, Jan 27-00
At the moment Kosovo Serbs remain living in a few enclaves surrounded by KFOR troops which can only grant them security. Remaining Serb population in former multiethnic cities has dramatically dwindled (Pristina 300 out of 40.000; Pec, 20 nuns out of 20.000; Prizren 68 out of 11.000). Other cities like Urosevac, Klina, Djakovica, Decani are completely cleansed from Serbs and the total number of Serbs who had to leave Kosovo is MORE THAN 200.000, which makes almost 2 thirds of the prewar Serb population. This number is proportionally looking equal to 1.000.000 Albanians. In June KFOR troops entered the province followed by gangs of Albanian extremists who immediately established their local rule and began Nazi-like terror against Serbs, Romas, Serb speaking Moslems, Corats, Jews and others.
KOSOVO EXODUS CONTINUES, IWPR, JAN 25, 2000
The Independent March 26, 2000
since 'liberation'..., Nov 24, 99
freedom of movement still does not exist in Kosovo and Serbs travelling
without KFOR escort risk to be killed or abducted by Albanians.
Before the war Albanians complained that they could not have education
in their language. Today it is enough only to say a word in Serbian
in Pristina to be killed on the spot. All Serb inscriptions in major
cities have been systematically removed, all Serb medical personell
in hospitals (except in Mitrovica) was expelled or abducted, not
a single Serb school operates in major Kosovo cities. UNMIK and
KFOR are helplessly trying to bring Serbs in Kosovo institutions
in order to present them as multiethnic. As one journalist said
only criminality in Kosovo is multiethnic because Albanian mafia
works very well with the underground of the neighboring regions
fact the reverse," said Ivo Daalder, senior
fellow at the Washington-based Brookings
Institution. "Ethnic segregation is greater
now than almost at any other time in
Kosovo's history ... "
and Non-Albanians (Jun-Dec 99)
WHERE ARE THE SERBS KIDNAPPED BY KLA?
BLIC, Six Concentration Camps For Kidnapped Serbs, March 28
DANAS, Concentration Camps For Serbs In Kosovo Do Exist, April 3
Concentration Camps for Serbs and non-Albanians
Reporter, Conc. Camps in Kosovo - KLA Archipelago, April 5
Reporter, Conc Camps in Kosovo 2 - Testimonies of the Missing Persons, Apr 12
IWPR, Serbs Languish in Kosovo Jails, Apr 14
Serbs lack proper medical facilities and their schools usually work in completely inadequate conditions. UNMIK and KFOR are trying to help but they have failed in the main mission - to prevent one crime and repression to be replaced by another. We must not forget that all the crimes in the previous MIlosevic's period happened when his army and police were alone here with no international control. Now we have more than 40.000 NATO troops, 2.000 international policemen, UN administration. NGO's etc and it all happens. It is difficult to understand that under Milosevic's undemocratic regime all ethnic groups continued living in Kosovo, hospital personnel remained ethnically mixed even in worst situations and now when the "freedom" has arrived multiethnicity is becoming a phantasy and every Serb patient brought to an Albanian hospital must be guarded by KFOR soldiers not to be killed by the personnel or patients.
UN Sponsored Democracy as a Right to Lynch
Blic, Albanian Crowd Attacks Serbs in Obilic, March 10, 2000
Very few interethnic criminal cases have been heard at courts since UN and KFOR arrival because courts still do not opperate. Hundreds of temporarily arrested Albanians who comitted crimes against Serbs, Romas, Croats and Slav Moslems were set free due to absence of the judicial system. THAT IS KOSOVO which one cannot see in the international press.
After the NATO deployment many Serb civillians were killed by UCK extremists
in the West seen as freedom fighters and allies
Humanitarian Law Center Report Related to KLA led violence against minorities
Kosovo Albanian leaders are behaving in the same way as MIlosevic's governors and party leaders. They are completely uninterested for the gross human rights violations in the province and keep fighting for power among themselves. If some of them condemn violence they usually do that in fear that constant situation of chaos may obstruct their wish for independence.
than in June. Nevertheless, the number of incidents has decreased due to regrouping of
the minority population within their tiny enclaves where they enjoy relative freedom and safety.
But in a few remaining areas where ethnically mixed population still lives incidents are continuing.
FEB 2 - UN BUS ATTACKED IN KOSOVO - TWO SERBS DIED, FIVE WOUNDED
Church in Banjska near Vucitrn mined by Albanian extremists, Jan 30, 2000
St. Elias Church near Gnjilani destroyed on Jan 14, 2000
THE KOSOVO EXODUS CONTINUES, IWPR, JAN 25, 2000
Private, state and church property is mercilessly usurped. There is no security for the private property and capital. Mafia has already established its network in Kosovo taking racket and organizing drug trafficking, prostitution, even with children. How could we expect tomorrow foreign investments in a totally unstable and unsafe surrounding which is more and more controlled by drug barons, proud rebel chieftains and powerful Drenica rural clans.
Testimonies From the International Press
SERBS LEFT AS TARGETS, summer 1999
In short Kosovo is becoming more and more ethnically cleansed province, based on apartheid, gross violations of human rights, deprived of basic human rights for the minority groups. The world stopped Milosevic by bombs but has no method to prevent the new repression and calm down the hatred which is getting crystalised into a new ideology of apartheid. Unfortunately, the West failed to demonstrate clear position against the Albanian violence which was interpreted by the radicalized crowds and extremists as a green light for killing of Serbs and ethnic cleansing.
World media write about normalcy of life in Kosovo. But, when one looks into the streets of Pristina he may be sure that in the crowd there are no Serbs. They cannot go out into the street, buy things in shops or move freely. Restaurants, cinemas, pharmacies, hospitals, libraries and all schools in Pristina, the capital of the province are CLOSED for Serbs. This picture is not a phantasy. While Mrs. Albright, Mr.Clinton or Mr. Blair triumphantly address the crowd in Pristina saying that they brought them freedom, the last remaining 300 Serbs in Pristina, locked in their houses in fear of being killed know that the freedom has not come for all but only for ethnic Albanians....(End)
They know too: Bishop Artemije's letter to President Clinton
showing internationally sponosred ethnic cleansing
White Book tome 1 White Book tome 2
testimony of Veton Surroi, moderate Albanian intellectual threatened by extremists
WP, War To Preserve Multiethnicity Has Left Serbs Segregated in Ghettos, March 24
BURRIALS AND FOUNDING OF SERBS KILLED or BEATEN BY UCK
The area of Pec June - August 1999
Fr. Chariton and Fr. Stephen were abducted by men in UCK uniforms. Where are they now?
Post-War Life of Kosovo Serb Orthodox Monasteries, Decani
to demonstrate the same resolute position towards Albanian extremism
Photo of a Christian Icon of St. Mark desecrated by UCK militants
KLA (UCK) Freedom Fighters or ....
'99 KLA is "transformed" into a UN sponosred civillian
Foreign Affairs, A Perfect Failure Sep/Oct 1999
Faulty justifications of NATO "Victory" in Kosovo
CATO, NATO's Disastrous Victory in Kosovo, March 10
CATO, Belfast In the Balkans, Feb 18
CATO Institute Study
Foreign Policy Research Institute, NATO's KLA Problem, Sep 9-99
OJPCR How not to Resolve the Kosovo Question, Nov-99
demilitarisation - unrealistic optimism or naivitee
Dr. Rugova - Kosovo "Ghandi" threatens with war and barricades
Ibrahim Rugova has never been more than a symbol. After the end of the war he has done virtually nothing to prevent the violent attacks on Kosovo's minorities and has always remained faithfull to maximalists claims. In fact the difference between so called moderates and extremists in Kosovo is sometimes close to an illusion.
(Der Spiegel) But what will happen if the international community
insists that Kosovo must remain part of Yugoslavia?
(Rugova) Then there will be a new war. All of us, the people of
Kosovo, would take to the barricades.
Speigel - Interview with Ibrahim Rugova, April 17, 2000
Albanians in the post-war period. All these arson attacks were committed
in the very presence of KFOR
P H O T O S
WHY IS THE WEST SILENT ABOUT THE DESECRATIONS
Montreal Gazette, God's Houses in Ruins, Feb 27-00
NATO Turns the Blind Eye as Scores of Ancient Christian Churches, Nov 20-99
Are Reduced to Rubble, The Independent, UK, Nov 20, 99