Serious Human Rights Concerns in Kosovo Must Be Addressed
(23/06-2006) As the the UN currently decides on whether Kosovo should obtain political independence from Serbia and the international
community, serious human rights concerns must be addressed immediately.
Thus concludes an international human rights fact-finding mission to Kosovo 18-22 June 2006, headed by the International Helsinki Federation (IHF).
"Fear, insecurity and low confidence in domestic as well as international institutions is still widespread in minority communities in Kosovo, especially amongst Serbs and Roma. Representatives of minorities maintain that public institutions, police and justice institutions, domestic as well as international, do not offer effective protection of life, health, property and other rights. Besides the donors’ fatigue and decrease of financial support for return of refugees and displaced persons, these conditions inhibit return, and make it merely formal or hardly sustainable where it has already taken place," reads the conclusion.