Kosovo*: address shortcomings in the field of transitional justice and social cohesion, freedom of the media, and women’s rights and gender equality
“More than two decades after the armed conflict in Kosovo, social cohesion is still hampered by impunity for war-related crimes, unresolved cases of missing persons, lack of access to reparations for all war victims, obstacles to sustainable returns of displaced persons and ethnic divisions”,...
Commissioner Mijatović concludes her mission to Kosovo*
In the context of her continuous human rights monitoring work, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović carried out a mission to Kosovo from 30 May to 3 June. The mission focused on issues pertaining to transitional justice and social cohesion, freedom of the media,...
Witnesses in proceedings relating to crimes committed during the wars of the 1990s in the former Yugoslavia must be effectively protected and supported
The provision of effective protection and support for witnesses in the context of wartime-related criminal proceedings is instrumental to the fight against impunity for the crimes committed during the wars of the 1990s in the former Yugoslavia. However, over recent days, the name of a protected...
Justice, social cohesion and media freedom remain top challenges in Kosovo*
“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*
Kosovo*: High time to restore social cohesion and safeguard media freedom
“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...
Children victimised when families are forced to return to Kosovo*
[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...
European migration policies discriminate against Roma people
[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...
Commissioner Hammarberg visits Kosovo* to assess the situation of forced returnees
[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...
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Czech Republic
- Republic of Moldova
- The Netherlands
- North Macedonia
- Russian Federation*
- San Marino
- Slovak Republic
- United Kingdom
* On 16 March 2022, the Committee of Ministers adopted a decision by which the Russian Federation ceased to be a member of the Council of Europe, after 26 years of membership.
** 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.