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Commissioner Mijatović concludes her mission to Kosovo*

03/06/2022 Pristina

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,...

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Witnesses in proceedings relating to crimes committed during the wars of the 1990s in the former Yugoslavia must be effectively protected and supported

23/09/2020 Strasbourg

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...

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Justice, social cohesion and media freedom remain top challenges in Kosovo*

10/04/2017 Strasbourg

“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,...

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Mission to Kosovo*

Kosovo*: High time to restore social cohesion and safeguard media freedom

09/02/2017 Pristina

“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...

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Visit to Kosovo*

Commissioner Hammarberg calls for stop of forced returns and immediate evacuation of Roma from lead-contaminated camps

15/02/10 Strasbourg

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...

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Letter to Germany

Commissioner Hammarberg stresses need to halt returns to Kosovo*

15/12/2009 Strasbourg

"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'...

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* 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 references 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.