Victims of sexual crime will soon have a status

Victims of sexual crime will soon have a status

Pristina, 1 July 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

16 years after the war, those members of society who have suffered sexual violence, will enjoy their rights.

The commission which will verify and recognize the status of survivors of sexual violence during the war in Kosovo, is soon expected to be ready.

Today was discussed the finalization of the necessary bylaws on this process in the fourth meeting of the National Committee for the War Survivors of Sexual Violence, chaired by President Atifete Jahjaga.

President Jahjaga demanded from the government to take the necessary steps to form a government commission for the verification and recognition of these victims in order to give way to the process of verification.

Victims of sexual violence from the last war in Kosovo will include those people who survived abuse and rape from 27 February 1998 until 20 June 1999.

President Jahjaga said that it’s necessary to handle these cases with priority, by building the necessary specialized mechanisms, to guarantee a fair treatment of all cases.

Minister of Work and Social Affairs, Arban Abrashi  said that there will soon be legal, institutional social, psychological and financial treatment for these categories. According to him, verification will start within this year.

British government has offered its experts in helping to draft the application for the recognition and verification of the status of victims of sexual violence.

British ambassador to Kosovo, Ruairi O’Connel, said that the perpetrators of sexual violence during the war in Kosovo, must be punished.

On 20 March last year, parliament of Kosovo voted a bill which recognizes the status of the victims of sexual violence during the war. This has obliged institutions to help in a general process, based on the highest international standards to fully implement this law. /ibna/