Pristina, 19 May 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Elton Tota
The government of Kosovo has expressed its concern and demands from Macedonian authorities to stop violence and tortures against those who arrested for the events in Kumanovo.
Deputy PM of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, demands from authorities in Skopje to treat the people arrested during the operation in Kumanovo based on international standards.
“I think that the arrested people must be treated according to international standards and Gruevski’s repressive regime must stop its physical violence against them. The problem is not in Kumanovo, but in Skopje. The problem is political and not ethnic. Macedonia needs more democracy, it needs more free media, it needs more room for the development of the business sector and free market and it needs to do more to fulfill its Euro Atlantic aspirations”, Thaci said.
Speaker of the parliament of Kosovo, Kadri Veseli says that a country that aspires to adhere to Euro Atlantic structures cannot use violence against prisoners.
He says that institutions of Kosovo have demanded to Macedonian authorities to enable the Committee for the Protection of Human Rights and Liberties to visit the people arrested in Kumanovo and come up with a report on their situation.
Veseli says that there have been contacts with the embassy of FYROM in Pristina and Ministry of Justice in Skopje, but no reply has been received yet.
Naser Raufi, the defence attorney of one of the prisoners confirms the violence used against the prisoners.
“I visited the four men in the prison of Skopje. They have suffered a lot of physical violence by police. I have never seen a case so far where prisoners are tortured before they appear in court”, says Naser Raufi.
Raufi says that he had seen lots of horrors in court. “Some of the arrested men still had injuries on their bodies and they had not received medical treatment”, the lawyer says.
Meanwhile, a part of the intellectuals from Kosovo demand from international human rights organizations to intervene in order to put an end to these terrible tortures against prisoners, the majority of whom are from Kosovo.
Writer and journalist, Emin Azemi told IBNA that the Macedonian state is violating international conventions which clearly define the rules that must apply for prisoners.
“Kosovo must not sit back and do nothing. There are institutional and diplomatic mechanisms, which can prevent this barbarism committed by officials in Skopje. The alarm raised in Pristina would mobilize international humanitarian organizations and above all, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, European Court for Human Rights, Helsinki Committee, etc, to put pressure on authorities in Skopje in order for them to stop using violence against Kosovo prisoners”, Azemi says.
Azemi says that the European Convention for Human Rights and the UNO Convention, which FYROM has signed, prevents torture as a method of investigation.
A protest has been called in Pristina today by families of the armed group that was arrested. A part of the group remained killed in the armed clash in Kumanovo.
The families say that their sons fought in Kumanovo for justice and dignity of Albanians and that their protest will address their demands.
This group will urgently demand from the institutions of Kosovo to take concrete action in order to defend its arrested citizens.
“We urgently demand from institutions of Kosovo to take prompt measures in order to defend its citizens who are arrested and being tortured by the Slavo-Macedonian regime and Albanian serviles serving in institutions”, was one of the demands of the families of those who have been arrested in FYROM. /ibna/