EU Should Ensure International Mission is Accountable
(10/03-2008) Success will depend on effective scrutiny of human rights record, says Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee.
In a joint statement today the three human rights organisations argue that the new European Union-led international mission to Kosovo must be subject to much greater scrutiny and accountability than its predecessor, the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), if it is to succeed. The NATO-led Kosovo Force should also be subject to much greater scrutiny.
"If the EU wants to assist in building respect for human rights and the rule of law in Kosovo, it needs to lead by example. That means that its mission accepts serious independent scrutiny of its human rights record from day one."