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 21 until November 30, 1999
During the last 10 days, according to the information we have, 13 citizens were killed, of whom 4 were Albanians, 1 was Serb, whereas, the identity of the other 8 could not be confirmed (including 2 women); 14 persons were wounded (11 Albanians, 1 person whose identity could not be confirmed and 2 UNMIK policemen); 3 cases of attempted kidnappings were reported (including two 9-year-old girls); the corpses of 13 Albanians were identified and the corpses of 2 Albanians were found – killed by the Serbian forces before and during the NATO intervention in Kosova.
18, the corpses of Idriz Hamdi Syla (1955) and of his son Xhemail (1982), Roma
from the village of Hallaq i Vogël near Lipjan, were taken from the morgue of
the Prishtina Hospital, by family members. There are no information on the
circumstances and the place of the killing.
Mass graves-reburials, exhumations and the identification of the killed
22, at about 3.30 p.m., KFOR soldiers found the corpse of unidentified woman
in the village of Rogova near Gjakova. The victim seemed to have been killed
several months ago.
MALISHEVA: On November 23, it was reported that Bajram M. Karaçica from the village of Balinca had died in the Peja Hospital. He had been taken there by the Serbian police in a deteriorated health condition due to being tortured at the police station. Bajram was reported missing since March, 1999.
GLLOGOC: On November 28-29, the skeletons of 4-5 people were found near the village of Tërstenik. According to the things that were found there, there is a possibility that the number of corpses may be higher.
KAÇANIK: Family members identified the corpse of Ramadan Hysen Rexha (1955) from the village of Ivaja. He was arrested by the Serbian police on March 30. On November 11, his corpse was found in a mass grave near the place called Kashan, 8 km from Kaçanik. The identification was done according to photos of the deceased as well as other personal belongings.
KLINA: Lush Dedaj was wounded in a mine explosion and taken to hospital.
FERIZAJ: On November 28, in the evening hours, a citizen was wounded in a blast.
Disappearances – kidnappings
VITI: On November 23, at about 9 a.m., two unidentified persons (a male and a female) tried to kidnap Izmere Zuka (9) from the village of Pozharan. As the victim resisted the kidnappers fled in a black car.
PRIZREN: On November 24, Jahir Hasani and Driton Krasniqi, who were kidnapped 10 days ago, were released.
KAMENICA: On November 27, at about 9.30 p.m., in the village of Hodonoc, 4 Serbs from the village of Domoroc (including the paramilitary named Mirko), physically ill-treated and tried to kidnap Muhamet A. Basha from Kamenica. The next day, KFOR military police arrested Mirko and took him to the prison in the military base in Sojeva. The very same day, Serbs from the village of Domoroc stopped Lulzim Hyseni from Hodonoc, took him out of his car and beat him, accusing him for Mirko’s arrest.
PEJA: On November 30, two persons tried to kidnap a 9-year-old girl in the vicinity of the football stadium in Peja. The girl was saved by KFOR soldiers who happened to be in the vicinity and heard her cries for help.
Ill-treatments, attacks, provocations
November 21, a Serb named Nesha, who was accompanied by two Russian soldiers,
went to the house of Bajram Veli Ademi in the village of Rahovica. Nesha
threatened Bajram claiming that his sons had sent KFOR soldiers to his house,
on which occasion he had been disarmed and arrested.
On November 22, at about 3.30 p.m., a group of Serbs led by Bogolub Cica
Jeftiq (40) from the village of Suhadoll, physically ill treated the following
teachers: Semir Avdi Seferi (45) from Koshtova, Hamdi Peci (32) and Selim
Nazif Sahiti (50) from Gushavc, Xhevat Ibrahimi from Kçiç i Madh and Nexhmedin
Sinan Asllani from Vinarc i Epërm. The latter suffered severe injuries. On
hearing about this incident the villagers of Gushafc headed towards the
village of Suhadoll but were prevented by French soldiers.
GLLOGOC: On November 28, at about 9 p.m., Hamit Tahir Selmani (1973) from the village of Shtutica was stopped and ill treated by masked persons.
BUJANOC: According to the reports of the sub-CDHRF in Bujanoc, which are based on information received from Serb lawyers, the following Albanians are being kept in detention in the prisons of Serbia: Shukri Dervish Gashi and Berat Ramadan Xhezairi from Prizren; Fatmir Shasivar Memaj, Kujtim Ekrem Memaj, Nexhmedin Haki Ajazaj and Adem Tahir Elezkurtaj from Zhur; Tahir Adem Ibrahimaj from Lybeçeva; Shaban Kamber Gjimbedi from Lubizhda; Afrim Muhamet Berisha from Lez; Elez Dursim Haxhillari from Struzha; Avdyl and Jahir Morina from the village of Orllat near Gllogoc; Agim Isa Krasniqi and Engjëll Zef Prekaj from the village of Leskoc near Klina; Ilaz Avdi Hoxholli from the village of Ajvalia near Prishtina; Sali Xhevat Fazliu from Breznica near Obiliq; Nijazi Selim Krasniqi from Pastasella near Rahovec and Islam Imer Thaçi from Belgrade. The above-mentioned are indicted with penal charges described in articles 125 and 136. Several are indicted with penal charges described in the articles 129 and 132 of the Penal Code of FRY.
DEÇAN: On November 19, Jusuf A. Zekaj from the village of Lëbusha was released from the prison in Nish. He was arrested on September 17, 1998 in the village of Raushiq near Peja.
Eastern Kosova – Presheva, Bujanoc and Medvegja
November 23, at about 8 p.m., unidentified persons wounded policemen Çaslav
Ivkoviq, deputy commander of the police station in Vranje, and Zoran
Stoilkoviq. The incident happened in the “buffer zone” on the border with
Kosova, between the villages of Lluçan and Konçul. After the incident, police
physically ill treated Bilall and Xhelal Ibrahimi from the village of Konçul
November 23, at about 7 p.m., three Russian soldiers forcibly entered into the
house of Rexhep Spahiu in the village of Muçivërca. The pretext was that
allegedly some Albanians had stolen the cow of a Serb from the village of
Çarakoc. Hasan Kallaba, while traveling home with his family, was stopped at
the checkpoint of the Russian soldiers in the vicinity of Kolloleq. He and his
paralyzed son Blerim were beaten, whereas, his two daughters were insulted.
The ill treatment stopped when the “Alpi Komerc” bus passed by. The bus driver
and his co-driver insisted that the soldiers stop ill treating the two.
Otherwise they would go to complain to the KFOR Center in Kamenica.
LIPJAN: On November 27, Finnish soldiers took off the “Vëllezërit Frashëri” inscription from the primary school in Lipjan. The pretext was that this inscription provoked local Serbs. 200 Albanians protested against this act. The next day, KFOR soldiers gave back the inscription to the school board.
MALISHEVA: On November 27, at about 1 a.m., Russian soldiers took off the Albanian flags hoisted on several shops throughout the town.
PRISHTINA: On November 29, Ylli Dautaj (1970) from New York, a citizen of the USA of Albanian descent, was dismissed from work. Ylli, who used to work with the UNMIK police, was dismissed as he had carried an Albanian flag during the celebrations on November 28.
November 30, in the early hours of the morning, KFOR soldiers took off the
Albanian flag from the building of the district assembly in Podujeva. The
soldiers stated that according to the 1244 resolution of the UN Security
Council “only the flag of the UN can be hoisted on public buildings”. The
Albanian flag had been hoisted on that building on November
Evidence on war criminals
PRISHTINA: A list with the names and the phone numbers of the following 20 Serb and Roma paramilitaries was found in the house of Sabit Krasniqi in Kishnica. The paramilitaries are: Goran Trajkoviq, Boban Trajkoviq, Dejan Trajkoviq and Zoran Trajkoviq; Mile Bulajiq and Gjorjge Bulajiq; Zhivorad Mitiq–Zhika and Dragan Mitiq-Burda, Tomislav Jelica Selishnik, Sinisha Jovanoviq, Jovan Karaxhiq, Predrag Gjorgjeviq, Peter Saveliq and Dragan Miliq – from Kishnica; Velko Stalin Iliq, Sinisha Pavle Paniq and Bekim Ruzhdi Berisha (Roma) – from the village of Preoc near Prishtina; Miki Iliq and Dushan Iliq – from Graçanica near Prishtina; Drashko Mirko Andriq from Prishtina, Ivan Lubisha Cvejiq from the village of Hallaq i Madh (Lipjan), Svetislav Rade Krastiq from the village of Skullan near Lipjan, Nebojsha Branko Dikiq from Prilluzha near Vushtrria and Njegosh Jovan Vukadinoviq from Kurshumlia.
Prishtina, November 31, 1999
Zdrini, 38000 Prishtinë-Kosovë;
tel. 381 (0) 549006 fax: 381 (0) 38 549007