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 November 1 until November 7 1999
According to the information the CDHRF has, between November 1 and November 7, 10 citizens were killed (4 Albanians, 4 Serbs, 1 Roma and one person whose identity could not be confirmed); 4 persons were wounded (of whom 3 Albanian children); one Albanian was kidnapped and one case of attempted kidnapping was reported. 48 Albanians (40 civilians and 8 KLA soldiers), who were killed by the Serbian forces, were reburied; 4 corpses were found (2 males, of whom one KLA soldier, one female and a totally decomposed corpse); the corpse of an Albanian, who was killed by the Serbian forces, was identified; a mass grave containing many carbonized corpses was found as well as three individual graves.
November 1 –
Unidentified persons in the vicinity of the new ambulance building in Obiliq
killed a Serb named Zharko and wounded another Serb.
Mass graves – reburials, exhumations – the identification of the killed
October 29 –
The corpse of Gani Veli Haxha (46) from the village of Prekaz i Epėrm near
Skėnderaj, living in the “Qendra” quarter in Mitrovica, was found in a mass
grave between the villages of Vidimriq and Suhadoll. Gani was reported missing
since April 14.
PODUJEVA: On November 4, Burim Isė Softolli (1985), Ilir Zeqir Softolli (1986) and Flamur Nezir Hoti (1993), pupils of the “Ali Ajeti” Primary School – from the village of Lladovc i Poshtėm, were injured in a mine explosion at the agricultural combine in Sveēla.
ZUBIN-POTOK: On November 6, 4 unidentified persons (of whom one with a mask and in a camouflage uniform) opened fire on a house and wounded a Serb civilian on his hand. The wounded person was taken to Zubin Potok and later on to the Mitrovica Hospital. According to KFOR sources the perpetrators are Albanians.
Disappearances and kidnappings
MALISHEVA: On November 1, 4 unidentified persons (including one female), who presented themselves as villagers of Kijeva, tried to kidnap Eset Ēerkin Begaj, a taxi driver from the village of Banja near Malisheva. They asked Eset to take them to the village of Orllat. On arriving to the Bytyēi quarter, they threatened Eset with a gun and tried to force him into the trunk. Eset managed to escape but the kidnappers took his car PZ 865 62 and fled towards Kijeva.
GJILAN: On November 6, in Gjilan, a group of 4 Albanians kidnapped another Albanian and fled in a car.
IIl-treatments, attacks, provocations
SKĖNDERAJ: On November 1, the Serbs from the villages of Dreth, Ruvc, Kvėrligata and the other villages in the municipality of Zubin-Potok opened fire towards the village of Radisheva near Skėnderaj.
On November 2, a crowd of some 100 Serbs attacked a police patrol in the
Northern part of Mitrovica. Two UNMIK policemen were injured as well as
Fahrije Azemi (25) from the “Tavnik” quarter, a member of the Kosova Police
Service (whose nose was broken) and the Albanian interpreter in the
VUSHTRRI: On November 2, in the vicinity of the bridge connecting the villages of Prilluzha and Gllavotin, two armed Serbs stopped Mehmet Bafti Krasniqi from the village of Zhilivoda. The assaulters forced Mehmet out of his car and fled with it towards the village of Prilluzha.
GJAKOVA: On November 2, at about 8.45 p.m., 3 unidentified persons threw 2 hand grenades on the TMK building in Gjakova.
RAHOVEC: On November 2, unidentified persons placed 2 explosive devices under the car of Ismet Tara, TMK commander in Rahovec. The incident occurred in front of Ismet’s house.
PRISHTINA: On November 2, an unidentified person fired several bullets in the air (from his car). On the arrival of the UNMIK police he fled.
November 3, at about 9.15 p.m., Hamdi Selim Gashi from the village of Sverka
was stopped by a group of masked persons (7) on the road between Klina and
Gjakova. DM 200 were looted from him. A “Mercedes” car was looted from a
villager of Xėrxa near Rahovec.
KAMENICA: On November 3, fire was opened from the territory of Serbia towards the house of Azem Tahir Tahiri. Tahir was cutting wood in the vicinity of the village of Shahiq-village on the border zone between Kosova and Serbia.
OBILIQ: On November 4, at about 3.30 p.m., in the vicinity of Obiliq, a group of some 40-50 Albanians turned up a car in which three Serbs were sitting. The Serbs were not injured thanks to the intervention of KFOR soldiers.
PEJA: On November 4, at about 9 p.m., in the village of Vitomirica, 3 Albanians ill-treated a Bosniac couple, who had to be taken to the Peja Hospital.
GJILAN: On November 7, in the vicinity of Pasjan (a village inhabited by Serbs), unidentified persons opened fire towards the car of Azem Bajrami from the village of Llashtica. Azem was driving to Gjilan.
LIPJAN: On November 2, at about 8 p.m., Serbs from the village of Dobratin blocked the road between Lipjan and Janjeva and Lipjan and Sllovija. Ismail Bytyēi (45) from Sllovija and a group of pupils of the “Ulpiana” Secondary School in Lipjan, were beaten. The following were among those who were beaten: Lindita Gashi, Mensur Gashi, Valdet Gashi, Jakup Bytyēi, Rabishe Bikliqi, Gėzim Gajtani, Heset Asllani, etc. In revenge, at the crossroad in Banulla, the Albanians blocked the road between Prishtina and Ferizaj. At about 11 p.m., all the roads were de-blocked with the mediation of KFOR.
SUHAREKA: On November 1, German soldiers in co-operation with Italian soldiers raided the house of Qemal Kryeziu. House furniture was demolished. During the raid, Qemajl and his brother Ismajl, were forced to lie on the floor. The pretext for this raid is unknown.
On November 5, after midnight, 4 French soldiers went into the “Versaēi”
boutique, in the vicinity of the Haxhi Veseli mosque in Mitrovica, and
detained Agim Behram Merrnica (17) from Stantėrg. Agim was beaten until he
fainted. The French soldiers cut his clothes and left him naked. DM 360 were
looted from him.
Evidence on war criminals
VITI: On November 6, at about 8 p.m., KFOR soldiers in the village of Mogilla arrested Lubisha Filipoviq, a former policeman. Lubisha is believed to have participated in the massacres against the Albanian civilians and of throwing a bomb at the Vitia market (3 months ago).
October 24, Russian soldiers, who were under the influence of alcohol, stopped
the tractor driven by Bexhet Ramadani from the village of Bilinca. Bexhet and
his family were insulted and threatened. The incident occurred at the place
called Lisi between the villages of Karaēeva and Muhoc.
GJILAN: On October 28, at about 3.30 p.m., Macedonian soldiers guarding the border, entered the territory of Kosova and opened fire towards the tractor driven by Aziz Ramadani (1971) from the village of Pidiq near Gjilan and his co-passenger Adem Sallahu from Opaja near Kumanova. The two were delivering humanitarian aid to the two remaining families in Stanēiq.
MITROVICA: On October 30, at about 10.30 a.m., a group of some 20 Serbs beat Musli Sejdi Kadriu (60) from the “Ibri” quarter. Musli was beaten in the Northern part of Mitrovica (where he lives), while going to buy food. A Serb pupil had called upon the other Serbs “there we have an Albanian”. On October 31, at about 4 p.m., in the vicinity of the Technical Secondary School, a group of Serbs attacked with stones the car driven by Dr. Fevzi Ilaz Sylejmani (38) from the “Ibri” quarter. Fevzi was traveling with his wife Shefkatja (36) and her two sisters Rejhane (23) and Zymrete Sylė Syla (25). The assaulters also carried bottles with gasoline. Fevzi managed to escape. Half an hour later the very same group of people attacked the car driven by Hazir Imer Metaj (53), and his wife Nexhmija (52), living in the “Ibri” quarter. They were threatened with liquidation. Fevzi and Hazir informed the French soldiers about the incident. Yet, they undertook no measures.
Prishtina, November 7, 1999 Information Service
Zdrini, 38000 Prishtinė-Kosovė;
tel. 381 (0) 549006 fax: 381 (0) 38 549007