Roma Rights 3-4, 2005: Justice for Kosovo

01 February 2006

Violence against Roma and others perceived as Gypsies in Kosovo after the end of the NATO bombing was part of a politically motivated systematic effort to “cleanse” Kosovo of non-Albanians and to bolster claims for an independent state. Almost seven years later perpetrators of crimes against humanity remain unpunished. Regarding “RAE” currently inside Kosovo, very few have returned to their empty and ruined neighbourhoods. Despite efforts by the international community to resettle “RAE” returnees, the lack of genuine peace has forced most of them to leave the province again. Of those that remain, many still live the lives of IDPs – internally displaced persons dependent on external powers. “RAE” IDPs live in permanent fear, rarely agree to speak to visitors due to years of empty promises, and deplore the missed chance to emigrate. Roma IDPs in three camps in Northern Mitrovica have been living since the autumn of 1999 on sites heavily contaminated by lead and the UNMIK, the responsible institution in charge of the province, has failed to relocate them despite being aware of the health hazard. Over six hundred people, more than half of them children.

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