AI analyzes human rights in Kosovo

AI analyzes human rights in Kosovo

Pristina, February 25, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Amnesty International has issued its annual report where it describes the developments that relate to human rights in Kosovo.

The report says that after the parliamentary elections held in June, Democratic Party of Kosovo, led by Hashim Thaci, didn’t manage to win a majority in parliament, thus taking the country in a political crisis.

“December saw the formation of a coalition government with Isa Mustafa of the Democratic League of Kosovo as PM. Atifete Jahjaga continued her work as president. As of June, talks with Serbia brokered by the European Union, continued only on a technical level. The EULEX mandate was extended to June 2016. According to the new agreement, international judges will not consist of the majority of juries in cases of serious crimes. In November, EU high representative announced the launch of an independent investigation on the accusations for corruption against a EULEX judge”, reads the report.

This organization also says that ethnic tensions in the country have continued, in particular in the Serb predominant north.

“Some Serb politicians are not allowed to enter Kosovo, while Serbs of Kosovo, including the ones who returned in the commune of Klina, suffered attacks. In June, after clashes between police of Kosovo and Albanians who were protesting against the closure of the bridge over Iber river, EULEX police used blank bullets. Their use was prohibited by the UNO Mission in Kosovo, as this had led to the death of two people in Pristina in 2007”, reads the report.

The report also talks about the appointment of the Special Tribunal, the inadequate treatment of women who suffered sexual violence during the last war in Kosovo, missing persons, media and the rights of minorities. /ibna/