“Eighteen years after the end of the conflict, thousands of people are still denied justice in Kosovo. It is high time to change course and build a just and cohesive society. Major conditions for achieving this are to prosecute and effectively sanction all persons involved in wartime crimes,...
Mission to Kosovo*
“Many victims of the 1998-1999 war in Kosovo, in particular displaced persons, families of missing persons and victims of wartime sexual violence, are still trying to re-build their lives, find out the truth about their loved ones and access justice. The on-going political deliberations have...
Roma refugees from Kosovo*: Commissioner Hammarberg calls on “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” to do more for their integration
Strasbourg, 07/09/10 – "Durable solutions should be pursued and implemented to ensure integration of Roma refugees from Kosovo" said Thomas Hammarberg, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, publishing today a letter sent to the Prime Minister of "the former Yugoslav Republic of...
[09/07/10 09:30] Several thousand persons have been forcibly returned to Kosovo by west European states in the last few years, mainly from Austria, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. Among the returnees have been persons belonging to minorities, and in particular Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians. For...
[22/02/10 10:30] European governments are not giving Roma migrants the same treatment as others who are in similar need of protection. Roma migrants are returned by force to places where they are at risk of human rights violations. In Germany, Austria and "the former Yugoslav Republic of...
Visit to Kosovo*
Commissioner Hammarberg calls for stop of forced returns and immediate evacuation of Roma from lead-contaminated camps
After the second visit within ten months to the lead-contaminated Roma camps of Česmin Lug and Osterode in northern Kosovo, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, deplored that the situation for the inhabitants remains the same: "The fact that the camps have been...
[10/02/10 10:30] Several European governments are forcibly returning to Kosovo persons who have found shelter in their countries. To assess the situation, Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, visits Kosovo from 11 to 13 February. According to UN statistics more...
Letter to Germany
"The forced return to Kosovo of people who have found shelter in European states should be halted", said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights publishing today a letter to the Chancellor of Germany, Dr. Angela Merkel. He notes that Kosovo lacks infrastructures allowing refugees'...
Letter from the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights to Mrs. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, concerning forced returns to Kosovo CommDH(2009)42 / 15 December 2009
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Czech Republic
- Republic of Moldova
- The Netherlands
- Russian Federation
- San Marino
- Slovak Republic
- "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia"
- United Kingdom
* All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999) and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.