OSCE: Communal mechanisms do not guarantee the rights of communities in Kosovo

OSCE: Communal mechanisms do not guarantee the rights of communities in Kosovo

Pristina, June 27, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Communal mechanisms which aim to guarantee human rights of communities must be further improved to secure a more active participation of communities in local government, concluded the report of the OSCE mission in Kosovo published today.

Existing mechanisms include community committees, community offices and the role of the vice mayor for communities and the deputy speaker of the communal assembly for communities.

According to a press statement, OSCE says that the report has noted that the application of these mechanisms has improved relations between communities, but it points out the need to draft a number of bylaws which would further improve their practical application.

While several communes have appointed the vice mayor of the commune responsible for communities, although the law doesn’t oblige them, a commune, where such post has been obligatory, has not appointed him.

“Communes play an important role in guaranteeing the rights of the communities”, said the head of the Department for Human Rights and Communities at the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, Hjortur Sverrisson.

According to him, with its recommendations in addressing flaws, this report will help communes in their efforts to fully comply with the legislation and to secure constructive participation of minority communities in local government. /ibna/