Accessed 27 May 2000
COUNCIL FOR THE DEFENCE OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS
on the situation of the human rights and freedoms in Kosova from January 9 until January 16, 2000
January 9-16, 7 persons were killed (4 Bosniacs, an Albanian girl and two
unidentified persons); the corpse of an unidentified Albanian was found (the
latter was kidnapped on January 1); the corpses of 5 Albanians, who were
killed by the Serbian forces, were identified and reburied; the identity of
two women could not be confirmed; A KLA soldier was reburied as well. One
Albanian was wounded.
On January 1 – at about 7 p.m., unidentified persons kidnapped Salih Hysen Emini (52) from the village of Reēak near Shtime (while returning from work). His corpse was found in the village of Petrova, on January 3.
On January 10 – the following members of a Bosniac family were killed in the “Tusus” quarter in Prizren: Sezair Skėnderi (52) and his wife Anife (50), their daughter Ardiana (21) and Sezair’s mother Gjyla (78).
On January 13 – the corpse of Merita Hamdi Shabiu (12) from the village of Debėlldeja, living in Vitia, was found in the outskirts of Vitia. Merita went missing on January 12. The victim was raped. An American soldier Frank J. Ronghi (36) was accused of the crime. The officer is being kept in detention in the prison of the Bondsteel Camp in Sojeva near Ferizaj. Soon, he is to be transferred to the prison in the American military base in Majnhajm in Germany. There, military prosecutors will investigate him.
On January 14 - at about midnight, two unidentified corpses (shot with fire arms) were found by a KFOR patrol to the North of Gjakova.
Mass graves – reburials and the identification of the killed
On January 12 - Kadri Salih Qerimi, a KLA soldier, who was killed by the Serbian forces on April 1999, was reburied in the village of Katunishta near Podujeva.
FUSHĖ-KOSOVA: 6 corpses were exhumed from the cemetery in the village of
Bresje, on December 6, 1999. The corpses of the following were identified:
Zymrie Osmani (55) from Fushė Kosova and her two sons Lulzim (1971) and Luan
(1975) as well as her daughter-in-law (1973). Two female corpses were not
PODUJEVA: On January 13, late at night, Hasan Visoka, the vice president of the local branch of the “Mother Theresa” Humanitarian & Charitable Association in Podujeva, was heavily wounded with firearms. Hasan was wounded in Prishtina while entering the house in which he is temporarily living.
Disappearances and kidnappings
GLLOGOC: There are no information on the whereabouts of Pėrparim Vesel Hajdinaj (1984) from the village of Tėrdec. Pėrparim is mentally ill.
SUHAREKA: A minefield was found in the “Suka” quarter in the vicinity of the village of Bllaca.
Ill-treatments, attacks, provocations
MITROVICA: On January 11, the activists of the sub-CDHRF in
Mitrovica, found different items (rope, women’s underwear,
dresses, etc.) in the premises of the Stantėrgu mines. It is believed that the
Serbian police, military and paramilitary forces used these objects as raping
centers. Bloodstains can be seen on the walls of the building.
KAMENICA: On January 12, at about 12.40 p.m., a group of Serbs from Graēanica threw stones at the “Pėrparimi” bus from Topanica traveling between Kamenica and Prishtina. The bus, owned by Ramadan Morina, was considerably damaged.
PODUJEVA: On January 13, at about 2 a.m., a powerful blast was heard from the “Pėrparimi” Agricultural Combine in Podujeva. Fire spread on the first floor of the building causing high material losses. The offices of the “Mother Theresa” branch in Podujeva were located in this building.
FUSHĖ-KOSOVA: On January 13, between 8-9 p.m., unidentified persons looted the house of Milivoje Dushan Dediq (1951) in Fushė-Kosova.
GJILAN: On January 15, at about 3 a.m., the Orthodox Church in the outskirts of the village of Cėrnica was badly damaged in a powerful blast.
LIPJAN: On January 15, at about 11 a.m., a powerful blast was heard in the vicinity of the gas station in the outskirts of Lipjan.
PEJA: A group of Serbs from the village of Gorazhdec stopped Sali Ramė Rama from Zahaq while on his way to Poēesta. As they did not manage to take him out of the car, they attacked him with stones.
VITI: A few days ago, two vacant houses were destroyed in Vitia as a result of two powerful blasts. The houses were owned by an Albanian who had previously bought them from a Serb. Fire was set to two shops full of goods. The shops were owned by Albanians who had previously bought them from Serbs.
Kollēaku from Peja, who was arrested by the Serbian police on December 1998,
was released from the prison in Zajeēar (Serbia).
On January 14, Teki Bokshi, a lawyer of the Humanitarian Law Fund, confirmed
that the District Court in Leskovc (Serbia) had initiated legal proceedings
against 144 Albanians from Gjakova.
VITI: During the intervention of the American soldiers in the “Drenica” café in Vitia Xhavit Hasani, the owner of the café, Skėnderbe Hebibi, a former commander of the KLA and vice-chairman of the PPDK as well as Heset Baftiari, were arrested. The three were arrested as they refused to close the café. After public protests and talks with Lamberto Kevin, the commander of the American troops in Vitia, the café was reopened and Skėnderbe was released. The release of the other two detainees was promised as well.
GJAKOVA: On January 15, in the early hours of the morning, Italian soldiers in the outskirts of Gjakova stopped the bus and the van of the Shėn Ndou Albanian Catholic Church in Prishtina. The church choir was on an excursion throughout Kosova. The children, who were in the company of abbot Don Nosh Gjolaj, were taken out of the vehicles and the vehicles were searched for half an hour. Later on, the children under the age of ten were allowed to enter the bus whereas the others were thoroughly checked. The soldiers justified their action claiming that they had found weapons among other children (!). Apart from Don Noshi, Fatmir Hoxha, two nuns, seven missionaries and one woman from the Philippines, employee with the OSCE, were accompanying the children.
Evidence on war criminals
OBILIQ: The Albanian villagers of Babimoc presented a list with the names of the Serb paramilitaries who participated in the killings of the Albanians and the burning of the Albanian villages in Drenica and other regions in Kosova. The names of the following were in the list: Milorad Danēetoviq – Mile, commander of the local military units, Zoran Trajkoviq, commander of the paramilitaries; brothers Jovica, Novica (Nole –captain) and Rashko Nikoliq; brothers Mura and Franda Tisa Petroviq and Dushko Petroviq, Milun Petroviq, Goran Petroviq and Boban Petroviq; Toma Jovanoviq, Sasha Jovanoviq, Miqa Jovanoviq, Rade Jovanonoviq – Lake and Dragutin Jovanoviq; Zhivorad Agjanēiq – Zhika, Ēasllav Agjanēiq – Lista, Zharko Agjanēiq and Dragan Agjanēiq; Milan Miliq, Dragan Miliq and Gjoka Miliq; Nenad Bojkoviq and Toma Bojkoviq; Dragan Petkoviq and Vojislav Petkoviq; Tisa Ristiq and Lola Ristiq; Dragan Miqaloviq and Milorad Miqaloviq; Dragisha Stanojeviq and Stanisha Stanojeviq; as well as Aleksandar Igiq (the son of Zhivorad Igiq, former high official of the SPS in Kosova), Milosh Mishiq - captain, Zhivojin Danēetoviq, Nebojsha Zlakiq, Predrag Milosavleviq – Pedi, Miqa Daniq, Boban Slaviq and Sasha Mihailoviq – Petalta.
According to the Albanian villagers of Babimoc, there are indications that Ēasllav Agjanēiq executed 4 Albanian youngsters from Barileva. The hands of the victims were tied. Gjoka Miliq was the person who organized the attack on the houses of his Albanian fellow-villagers on March 24, 1999. Miqa Daniq and Miqa Jovanoviq were among those who ill-treated the displaced Albanians moving through the village of Vranidoll near Prishtina, on April 30, 1999. 300 Albanians were arrested. Toma Bojkoviq participated in many crimes in the villages of Vushtrria. Most of the Serbs from the village of Babimoc, who were accused of war crimes, are still in this village. Slavisha Vukadinoviq from the village of Palaj near Obiliq commanded with a paramilitary unit, which terrorized the villagers of Barileva.
January 6, at 7 a.m., some 500 soldiers (Americans and Russians) accompanied
with 60 vehicles and 10 helicopters, searched some 140 houses in the village
of Koperrnica, under the pretext of searching for weapons. Many doors were
broken, especially in the vacant houses. 5 guns were found and the following
were arrested: Hysen Ejup Sinani (1973), Halil Sinani, Riza M. Ajvazi, Selman
Ajvazi and Hasan H. Hoxha. Hysen was physically ill treated by a Russian
soldier in the Ceramics Factory in Kamenica. For more than 4 hours he was kept
in the cold. Hysen suffered injuries on his head. Prior to the raid, Shefik
Beqiri, the commander of the 172 Brigade of the 6th operational zone of the
TMK was arrested.
Prishtina, January 16, 2000 Information Service
Zdrini, 38000 Prishtinė-Kosovė;
tel. 381 (0) 549006 fax: 381 (0) 38 549007