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 16 until January 23, 2000
Between January 16-23, 6 persons were killed (3 Serbs, 2 Albanians and one person whose identity could not be confirmed). In the vicinity of the village of Shurdhan near Gjilan, local Albanians detected and killed a Serb commando from Zajeçar (Serbia). The commando had confessed of having been ordered to destroy 2 schools. An Albanian prisoner died in the prison in Pozharevc. An Albanian was sentenced by the court in Nish.
16 – at about 3.30 p.m., 3 Serbs from the village of Partesh aged 30, 32 and
54 were killed in the village of Muçibaba near Gjilan. The perpetrators are
unknown. It is believed that 2 Serbs from the very same village were kidnapped
as well. The assaulted Serbs were returning from Serbia. Later on, hundreds of
Serbs from the village of Partesh blocked the road between Gjilan and Presheva.
They threw stones at the “Kosovatransi” bus from Gjilan as well as at
other vehicles. Many passengers suffered body injuries and many vehicles were
On January 17 – the corpse of Ajet Istogu (1940) from the village of Polluzha, living in Çikatova e Re was found in the village of Gllobar near Gllogoc. Ajet was shot dead in the vicinity of the local cemetery in the center of the village. UNMIK police believes that 3 unidentified persons perpetrated the crime.
MALISHEVA: While cleaning the water wells in the village of Lubizhda, German soldiers found human bones in the wells of Bajram and Qazim Kilaj. A mine was found in the water well of Brahim Kilaj. During the war, Serb forces were stationed in the vicinity of their houses.
Disappearances and kidnappings
Since June 15, 1999, there are no information on the whereabouts of Mirvete
Xhakolaj from Skënderaj (mentally ill). She was last seen leaving the home for
the aged in Prishtina.
- The District Court in Nish (Serbia) sentenced Adrian Haxhaj from the village of Gllareva near Klina, a student of the Philological Faculty of the University in Prishtina and a journalist of the “Bota e Re” student’s magazine, to 3 years of imprisonment. Adrian was arrested on September 1998.
PODUJEVA: Serb forces have laid mines in 25 hectares of arable land belonging to the “Drita” Agricultural Combine in the village of Sveçla.
Ill-treatments, attacks, provocations
VUSHTRRI: The night between January 15-16, unidentified persons stole DM 35.000 from the safe deposit box in the “Llamkos” Factory in Vushtrria. Several offices on the first floor of the factory were demolished.
GJAKOVA: On January 16, at about 8.15 p.m., a bomb was thrown at the warehouse of the “Mother Theresa” branch in Gjakova. Considerable material damage was caused.
On January 16, a group of children detected a bomb in the vicinity of the
Media House in Prishtina. The children informed KFOR soldiers who deactivated
January 16, at about 8 p.m., a powerful blast was heard in Rahovec.
MITROVICA: On January 18, at about 11.15 a.m., 5 Serbs
stopped and severely ill treated Ismet Beqir Tahiri (36), living in the “Tavnik”
quarter. Ismet was ill treated until he fainted. The incident occurred in the
vicinity of the metal bridge over the Ibri River. Ismet suffered severe body
injuries – the assaulters used knives to scar his face and neck. Ismet was
on his way to visit his brother in the northern part of the town.
KLINA: On January 18, at 2.15 a.m., a hand grenade was thrown on the “Shqiponja” restaurant in Klina, owned by Hamdi Thaçi. Considerable material damage was caused. Ramadan Thaçi’s car (which was parked in the vicinity of the restaurant) was damaged. Windowpanes were broken in the buildings on the other side of the road.
GJILAN: On January 18, Danilo Borivoje Gjorgjeviq (43), a commando from Zajeçar (Serbia), was killed in the vicinity of the village of Shurdhan, 4 km from the border between Kosova and Serbia. The killed was carrying a considerable amount of explosive, binoculars, a knife, detonators, rope, a map as well as other items. In the vicinity of the village of Shurdhan, the commando came across an Albanian villager. During the fight, the Albanian villager was assisted by a fellow villager of his and the commando was killed. Before dying, the commando confessed that he had been ordered to destroy the schools in the villages of Shurdhan and Zhegra. The corpse of the commando as well as his equipment were handed to KFOR.
FUSHË-KOSOVA: On January 19, at about 7 p.m., there was a blast in the house yard of Metije Obërtinca (85) in the vicinity of the crossroad in Fushë-Kosova. Many families, especially children were distressed.
GLLOGOC: On January 19, the ICRC informed the Miftari family from the village of Shtrubullova that Muhamet Ukë Miftari (1948), who was arrested by the Serbian forces on May 28, 1999, had died in the prison in Pozharevc (Serbia). Muhamet was arrested in his house.
PODUJEVA: On January 19, Vehbi Rushiti (60) from the village of Gllamnik was released from the prison in Pozharevc (Serbia). Xhevat Tahiri, an engineer from Podujeva, was released from the prison in Mitrovica e Sremit (Vojvodina). The two were arrested between April and May 1999.
DEÇAN: On January 19, Demë Ramosaj from the village of Carrabreg i Poshtëm, who was arrested by the Serbian forces on June 20, 1998, was released from the prison in Mitrovica e Sremit (Vojvodina). Dema was among those who survived the massacre over the Albanian prisoners in the prison of Dubrava near Istog, in May 1999. Dema stated that he and a group of 3 prisoners were ordered to line the corpses of the 173 Albanian prisoners, who were killed by the Serbian policemen, guards, paramilitaries and other Serbian prisoners in Dubrava. Dema also stated that he had shared his cell in the prison in Lipjan with Blerim Olloni, a former policeman, who was released from prison on June 7, 1999. Ever since, Blerim went missing. Dema appealed to those whose relatives are imprisoned in Mitrovica e Sremit to send food to them, as the food rations there are insufficient. Recently, the boxes, which are being sent to the prisoners are being opened by the guards. The guards claim that the boxes are being opened by the workers of the post office in Rozhajë (Montenegro). Clothes and cigarettes are stolen.
SUHAREKA: On January 19, Gëzim Xhavit Zyba and Bekim Sylejman Zyba from the village of Bukosh, were released by the court in Pozharevc (Serbia), after serving their prison terms of 18 months in the prisons of Serbia.
Eastern Kosova – (Presheva, Bujanoc, Medvegja)
January 17, at about 7 a.m., Qemal Mustafa (53) from the village of Gjergjec,
the principal of the “Migjeni” Primary School in Muhoc, and the
vice-chairman of the SPS branch in Bujanoc, was killed on the road between
Muhoc and Gjergjec.
On January 16, Hysen Merovci, the chairman of the Sub-CDHRF in Fushë-Kosova
and Shaban Berisha, the chairman of the “Mother Theresa” branch in Fushë-Kosova,
were stopped and provoked by 2 Russian soldiers. The two had presented the ID
cards of the organizations they represent. UNMIK police confirmed that Russian
soldiers have no right to stop and search the passers-by in that region.
SUHAREKA: On January 18, at about 11.30 a.m., Roberto Valent, the international administrator in Suhareka, UNMIK police and Dutch soldiers, intervened in the offices of Haki Gashi, the chairman of the Municipal Council in Suhareka, under the pretext that the offices should be released for the needs of the international administrator. Ilaz Kadolli, the vice-chairman of the Municipal Council, was physically ill treated and arrested.
SKËNDERAJ: On January 22, at about 3.30 p.m., 6 members of the TMK were stopped by a group of Russian soldiers. The incident occurred between the villages of Rezalla and Likoc. The members of the TMK were insulted for more than half an hour. Many passers-by gathered at the scene of the incident. The Russian soldiers tried to arrest Mehdi Mustafa from the village of Abria, under the pretext that he had insulted them. Yet, the present citizens prevented them in doing so. In the meantime, French soldiers arrived at the scene of the incident making the Russian soldiers withdraw and de-block the road.
Prishtina, January 23, 2000 Information Service
Zdrini, 38000 Prishtinë-Kosovë;
tel. 381 (0) 549006 fax: 381 (0) 38 549007