Kosovo Court Convicts Ex-Policeman Over Village Massacre

Muhamet Alidemaj, a former member of the Serbian police, was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment by the Prishtina Basic Court for participating in a massacre at Izbice during the Kosovo war in March 1999, when around 130 people were shot dead. The Prishtina Basic Court on Friday found Muhamet Alidemaj, a former member of the…

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On Display in Kosovo, Srebrenica Teacher’s Belongings Highlight a Life Lost

On the anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, personal possessions owned by a teacher killed in the 1995 massacres were exhibited in a commemorative display at BIRN’s Reporting House in Prishtina. An old wristwatch and a broken pair of glasses that belonged to English language teacher Rasid Fazlic, a victim of the Srebrenica massacres, were put…

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Preserving War Memories: Srebrenica Memorial Director Advocates for Centralising Narratives

In an interview with Kallxo Përnime, Emir Suljagic, head of the Srebrenica Memorial Centre, spoke about strained relations between Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina and urged Kosovo to consolidate its war memorial efforts. Emir Suljagic, a survivor of the Srebrenica genocide and the director of the Srebrenica Memorial Centre, called on Kosovo institutions to centralise…

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Western Balkan Countries Unprepared to Combat Human Rights Violations from Technological Advancements, Experts Warn

Experts at BIRN’s annual Internet Freedom Meet, in Skopje, North Macedonia, warned that the Western Balkan countries do not have the proper legal framework to protect human rights from misuse of technological advancements. Human rights violations have become more likely and the manner of achieving those violations has become more varied as a result of…

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Kosovo Bans TikTok in State Institutions for Cyber Security Reasons

Government says ban on use of popular social media platform in state institutions reflects security risks and follows the example set by many other countries. The Kosovo government on June 28 banned use of the social media network TikTok in state institutions amid growing global concerns over its potential vulnerability to cyber threats. Bardhyl Dobra,…

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Police Ban Serbia-Kosovo Cultural Reconciliation Festival in Belgrade

Serbian Interior Minister Ivica Dacic ordered the ‘Miredita, Dobar Dan!’ festival to be banned on security grounds, while journalists and some organisers trying to reach the festival from Kosovo were halted on the road by police. Serbia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs on Thursday ordered the ‘Miredita, Dobar Dan!’ cultural exchange festival to be banned on…

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Language and Infrastructure Barriers Halt Integration of Serb Majority Village into Kosovo Society

Residents of Gorazdevac, a Serb majority village in the municipality of Peja/Pec, Kosovo, claim they are struggling to integrate into Kosovo society because of obstacles including language and infrastructure barriers. Kosovo Serbs from Gorazdevac, a village approximately seven kilometres from Peja/Pec municipality, requested at a public hearing also attended by BIRN and local media outlet…

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Kosovo Law Ignores Tech-Facilitated Abuse of Women: BIRN Report

A new BIRN report highlights the shortcomings in legal structures and institutional responses in Kosovo when it comes to combating technology-facilitated and online gender-based violence. Kosovo’s lack of specific internet regulations has resulted in a legal vacuum which makes it difficult for authorities to effectively protect users from online abuses, a BIRN report published on Tuesday highlighted….

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Risk of Radicalisation: Kosovo Struggles with Informal Worship Places

Informal Islamic Places of Worship, not supervised by Kosovo’s Islamic Community, have been opened in some neighbourhoods of Pristina, Gjilan, and Fushë Kosovë, BIRN found ten years after the Kosovo police had closed one such place in the capital, suspected of recruiting terrorists. Several informal Islamic places of worship have been established across Kosovo without…

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Miners of Trepca March Towards the ‘Reporting House’ Exhibition

With the aim of commemorating and raising awareness of the importance of the 1989 Trepca miners’ strike in Kosovo, miners from Trepca marched towards the ‘Reporting House’ exhibition on Thursday, where stories of the war in Kosovo, sacrifice, and resistance are displayed. On Thursday, miners from the Trepca mine in Mitrovica marched through the centre…

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