Kosovo’s ‘Commander Wolf’ Convicted of War Crimes by Hague Court

Pjeter Shala was sentenced to 18 years in prison for the arbitrary detention and torture of at least 18 detainees, and the murder of one detainee, at the Kukes Metal Factory in Albania. The Kosovo Specialist Chambers in The Hague on Tuesday found former Kosovo Liberation Army member Pjeter Shala guilty of three war crimes…

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‘You Don’t Qualify’: Kosovo Massacre Survivor Struggles to Obtain War Victim Status

Twenty-three members of Liridona Deliu’s family were killed in a massacre in September 1998 – but she’s facing an uphill battle to be recognised by the Kosovo government as a war victim. Survivors of the Abri e Eperme/Gornje Obrinje massacre in the Drenas area of Kosovo, in which 23 members of the Deliu family were…

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Photographers Reflect on Documenting Kosovo’s 1990s Turmoil

Four photographers who showcased their work from the 1990s at BIRN’s Reporting House explain how difficult it was to document the hardships Kosovo faced until its liberation in 1999. Four wartime photographers recall the hardships of documenting daily life in Kosovo in the 1990s and the importance of remembrance . Their accounts, partially showcased in…

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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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