Accessed 27 May 2000
COUNCIL FOR THE DEFENCE OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND
MBROJTJEN E TĖ DREJTAVE E TĖ LIRIVE TĖ NJERIUT
on the situation of the human rights
and freedoms in Kosova from December 5 until December 12, 1999
During the period between December 5 and December 12,
1999, 5 citizens were killed, of whom 2 Albanians (one of mines), 2 Serbs and
one person whose identity could not be confirmed; 3 Albanians were wounded.
Two Albanian girls were kidnapped. 4 cases of attempted kidnappings were
reported (3 female pupils and one child). Flora Brovina, a pediatrician,
humanitarian activist and a poetess, was among those sentenced in the Serbian
courts. 2 persons were reburied, another 2 Albanians (who were killed by the
Serbian forces) were exhumed and the identity of another one was
On December 6 - An eyewitness
reported to the UNMIK police that 2 Serb citizens, mother (60) and son (30),
were killed in their flat in the “Dardania” quarter in Prishtina.
On December 8 – In the early hours
of the morning, an unidentified person aged about (30) was killed in the
vicinity of the village of Bellopoja near Podujeva. The very same day, the
organization named “Shqiponja Kombėtare” took the responsibility for this
killing. According to them, the killed was a citizen of Albania and had
confessed of having committed 42 acts of kidnappings throughout the territory
- In the early
hours of the morning, the corpse of a killed Albanian was found in Peja.
Mass graves, reburials, exhumations - the
identification of the killed
On December 9 – The corpses of 2
Albanians were exhumed from a mass grave in the village of Bresje near Fushė-Kosova and taken to the morgue of the Prishtina Hospital.
On December 12 - Brothers Prend Zef
Lleshi (35) and Memė Zef Lleshi (26) were reburied in the village of Vraniq
near Gajkova. The two were KLA superiors in the Dukagjini operational zone and
were killed on January 27, in the vicinity of the village of Goden, on the
border between Kosova and Albania.
SKĖNDERAJ: The corpse of Hysen H.
Syla from the village of Shtutica near Gllogoc was identified in a mass grave
in the village of Kryshec. Hysen was killed at the place called “Te betoni”
near the village of Polac, on March 23, 1999. A large number of Albanian
civilians from the municipalities of Skėnderaj and Gllogoc were executed at
GJAKOVA: On December 7, Kujtim
Gjelosh Pnishi (19) from the village of Meja stepped on a land mine and was
killed. The mine had been laid on the banks of the Ereniku river.
The very same day, “Handicap
International”, discovered a minefield covering a surface of 3 km2 in the
region of Reka e Keqe. The mines had been laid in the vicinity of the “Musė
Ymeri” bridge, in the vicinity of the villages of Popoc and Smolica. In two
days, this organization deactivated 20 anti-tank mines.
GJILAN: On December 6, in the early
hours of the morning, an Albanian was shot and heavily wounded on his
PRISHTINA: On December
8, Fahrije Veseli (22) from Prishtina and another person were wounded by
unidentified persons in the vicinity of the “Noti” Pizzeria.
Disappearances and kidnappings
VUSHTRRI: On December 8, an Albanian
girl was kidnapped by two unidentified persons in a red GOLF. The incident
happened in the evening hours. At the very same place, the soldiers of the
United Arab Emirates, who were on patrol, prevented the kidnapping of a child.
The kidnappers managed to escape. Last night, French soldiers searched a café
in Vushtrria and found three girls who were forced to prostitution. 10 persons
were arrested (including one woman).
SHTIME: On December 9, at about noon, three
unidentified persons (in a car) tried to kidnap three pupils of the “Abdullah
Shabani” Primary School in the village of Carraleva.
SKĖNDERAJ: On the crossroad between
Skėnderaj-Gllogoc and Llausha, two youngsters came out of a BMW and kidnapped
a 17-year-old girl.
- On December 9, Flora Brovina, a
pediatrician from Prishtina, was sentenced by the District Court in Nish
(Serbia) to a prison term of 12 years. She was accused of “terrorism” and
District Court in Vranje (Serbia) sentenced Xhavit Ramizi from the village of
Breznica near Bujanoc to a prison term of 3 years. He was accused of illegal
Ill treatments, attacks,
MITROVICA: On December 6, at about
11 a.m., a group of Serb women led by Lubinka Gjusiq, beat Hadije Rizah Zhubi
(52). The incident happened in front of Hadije’s flat in the “Kodra e
Minatorėve” quarter, in the northern part of Mitrovica. Hadija went out to buy
food for her children.
very same day, at about 1.15 p.m., a group of Serb paramilitaries led by
Miodrag Razliq and Aleksandar Lalin as well as the former policemen Darko and
Boban attacked the offices of the Albanian Republican Party in the northern
part of Mitrovica.
to the UNMIK police, at about 3 p.m., a Serb refugee from Bosnia beat an
Albanian woman aged about 50. The assaulter was arrested and sent to prison.
At about 6 p.m., three Serbs beat an Albanian woman.
On December 7, a group of Serbs beat
Nuredin Osmani and his two children aged 7 and 9. Nuredin was taking his
children to school in the southern part of the town.
On December 8, at about 7.30 p.m., a
group of Serb hooligans (among whom) Slavisha Joviq – Pagi, Nebojsha
Ivan Pejqinoviq and Branko Bane Branislav, threw an explosive device at the
house of Kemajl Mujė Hyseni (41), a Bosniac. Extensive material losses were
caused. The incident occurred in the “Ibri” quarter.
On December 9, at about 12.45 p.m., the very
same group of hooligans physically ill-treated Isuf Rushit Kelmendi (34), from
the “Ibri” quarter. The incident occurred in the vicinity of the Technical
Secondary School, in the northern part of the town. Isuf was threatened with
December 6, at about 2.30 p.m., in the vicinity of the place called Rrasat e
Gjurgjevikut, on the road between Peja and Prishtina, 3 unidentified persons
came out of a car and stopped Bajram Berisha (1969) from the village of
Gjurgjevik, who was traveling to Klina. Bajram was taken to the village of
Llapēeva near Malisheva. Money and a mobile phone were taken from him. The
assaulters took Bajram’s car and fled in it.
SKĖNDERAJ: On December 8, in the evening
hours, 5 armed persons wearing masks went to the house of Shaqir Ēollaku.
Shaqir, who is temporarily employed in Italy, had come home on holidays. Three
of the assaulters stood outside the house, whereas, the other two went into
the house and asked for money. Shaqir’s family managed to disarm one of the
assaulters and to tear the mask of the other. The assaulters fled.
GJAKOVA: On December 8, at about
11.30 p.m., several bombs were thrown at a Roma house in Gjakova. The attack
was repeated several hours later, but the bombs did not explode. Later on, the
bombs were removed by KFOR soldiers. In the evening hours, two hand grenades
were thrown at a house in Gjakova. One of the grenades exploded. No one was
December 11, in the evening hours, fire was opened from the territory of
Serbia towards the village of Dumnica e Epėrme. Dumnica is a village on the
border zone between Kosova and Serbia.
PEJA: Unidentified persons damaged several
graves in the Catholic Cemetery in Peja.
GJAKOVA: Edin Gusinac (1974) from Novi-Pazar
(Serbia) and his companion Mirsad Zekoviq, a taxi driver, were caught after
several months of fraud. The two with the assistance of of two other persons
from the village of Raushiq near Peja, living in Belgrade, have deceived many
Albanian citizens from Gjakova, Deēan, Peja, Vushtrria, Prishtina and Gjilan,
whose relatives are in the prisons of Serbia or are missing. Edin asked for DM
500 for his services. In this way, he managed to deceive some 150 citizens and
to collect some DM 75.000. In Gjakova only, he collected some DM 9500. Edin
had an “ASCONA” car – NP 136 76. He was caught by the local authorities in
Gjakova and handed in to the KFOR.
ISTOG: In the vicinity of the village of
Tomoc, on the road between Istog and Gurrakoc, unidentified armed persons
wearing masks stopped the car driven by Rexhep Ramēaj from the village of
Banja. The assaulters threatened Rexhep and forced him to go with them to the
village of Veriq. Rexhep was beaten. His car and money were
PRISHTINA: On December 10, “Koha
Ditore” published a list with the names of 20 Albanian prisoners, a number of
whom had not previously figured in the lists of those imprisoned. The
following are imprisoned in Nish:
Gazi Dervish Fazliu and
Berat Ramadan Xhezairi
Durzim Haxhillari – municipality of Prizren;
Fatmir Shashivar Memaj,
Elez Kurtaj and Tahir Ademaj – Zhur;
Ibrahim Adem Tahiri –
– Lubizhda, and
Afrim Muhamed Berisha – Lez (Prizren);
Agim Isa Krasniqi and
Engjėll Prenk Zefi –
Ilaz Avdi Hoxholli – Hajvali (Prishtina),
Jeton Dalip Krasniqi – Buēa
Xhevat Fazliu – Breznica (Obiliq),
Nijazi Selim Krasniqi –
Avdyl Jahir Morina – Arllat
Islam Imer Thaēi – Beograd.
Xhevat Mustafa, aged
between 20-30, is in the prison of Mitrovica e Sremit
Eastern Kosova – (Presheva, Bujanoc, Medvegja)
PRESHEVA: On December 8, at about 3
a.m., there was a powerful blast at the cattle farm in the vicinity of the
police station. Extensive material losses were caused and many windows were
broken in the neighboring houses.
BUJANOC: On December 11, at about 10.30 p.m.,
there was a powerful blast in the vicinity of the “Branko Radiēeviq” Primary
School which is located near the police station in Bujanoc. The blast
disturbed the citizens. The windows of the school as well as those in many
neighboring houses were broken.
KFOR and UNMIK interventions
MITROVICA: On December 6, at about
7.40 a.m., in the village of Zhabar i Poshtėm, Danish soldiers arrested
Liridona Afrim Ferati (14), a pupil of the “Migjeni” Primary School in
Mitrovica. The children were throwing snowballs at each other when a bus full
of Serbs under the escort on Danish soldiers passed by. Liridona was first
taken to Zubin-Potok and then to Mitrovica, where she was handed to the UNMIK
police. Later on, Liridona was released but has suffered traumas.
SKĖNDERAJ: On December 6, after
midnight, Russian soldiers stationed in the vicinity of the Buroja Mill,
looted 75 boxes of cigarettes and 35 boxes of chewing gum (estimated to DM
1500) from the shop owned by Rrahim H. Thaēi from Buroja.
PRISHTINA: On December 8, Bernard Kouchner,
the UN civil administrator for Kosova, suspended Ph.D. Agron Dida, an
engineer, the general director of the PTK, and replaced him with Mr. Gerard
Fischer, the director of the UNMIK department for Economic Issues and Natural
Resources. Mr. Dida was suspended under the pretext that he had refused to
sign the contract with the French Company “Alcatel”. Mr. Dida stated that “by
doing so the UNMIK Regulation no. 12, which was signed by Mr. Kouchner
himself, was violated”. Due to his newly gained competences Mr. Fischer can
decide by himself on the implementation on the PTK contract.
Evidence on war criminals
VITI: In the municipality of Vitia,
many lists were found with the names of the Serbian military and paramilitary
forces implicated in the killings and the persecution of the Albanian
population. A list was found with the names of the following 20 policemen
(members of a special police unit): Bogosav Kėrēmareviq, Canko Spasiq, Dragan
Nojkiq, Nebojsha Arsiq, Novica Jakovleviq, Dragan P. Stanishiq, Miodrag
Stanishiq, Dragisha Dinēiq, Slavisha Maksimoviq, Zoran Cvetkoviq, Nebojsha
Stanojeviq, Branko Arizanoviq, Nenad Pėrzhiq, Momēilo Vasoviq, Vidosav Kojiq,
Milovan Ivkoviq, Miroslav Mihajloviq, Sasha Vujiq, Stanislav Vukiq and Sasha
Jeremiq. The above mentioned were active in Kosova starting from May
Prishtina, December 12,
Zdrini, 38000 Prishtinė-Kosovė;
tel. 381 (0) 549006 fax: 381 (0) 38 549007