Two leading human rights groups called attention to the fate of some 650 Kosovo Albanian political prisoners still jailed in Serbia. The Yugoslav-based Humanitarian Law Center and Human Rights Watch called on the new Yugoslav authorities to review urgently these cases and to release immediately individuals for whom evidence is lacking.

In a memorandum to Serbian government officials and the international community, the two organizations presented facts about the Kosovo Albanian political prisoners currently in Serbian prisons. The rights groups also urged the international community to hold Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica to his stated commitment to respect human rights and establish the rule of law.