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Hostages of Tension: Intimidation and Harassment of Ethnic Albanians in Serbia after Kosovo's Declaration of Independence

Hostages of Tension

Intimidation and Harassment of Ethnic Albanians in Serbia after Kosovo’s Declaration of Independence

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Executive Summary

Methodology

Key Recommendations

Background

Institutional and Legal Framework for Investigating and Prosecuting Offenses with Ethnic or Religious Motives

Structure of the Police, Prosecuting and Judicial Authorities

Prosecuting Offences with an Ethnic or Religious Motivation

Serbia’s Obligations under International Human Rights Law

Attacks in February 2008 in Vojvodina

Novi Sad

Attacks in Other Parts of Vojvodina

Zrenjanin

Novi Becej

Sombor

Kikinda

Subotica

Attacks in February 2008 outside Vojvodina

Kragujevac

Negotin

Bor

Response of the Police

Response of the Justice System: Misdemeanor Judges and District Prosecutors

Response of the National Authorities

Official Condemnation of Attacks on Minorities

Compensation for Damage to Property

Expanded Recommendations

To the Government of Serbia

To Police in Serbia

To Investigative Judges, Misdemeanor Judges and Prosecutors

To the European Union

To the Council of Europe

To the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

To the United Nations

Appendix I: Human Rights Watch Letter to Mladen Kuribak, Head of the Uniformed Police Directorate, Ministry of Interior, Serbia, dated August 11, 2008

Appendix II: Human Rights Watch Letter to Mladen Kuribak, Head of the Uniformed Police Directorate, Ministry of Interior, Serbia, dated August 18, 2008

Appendix III: Reply letter from the Uniformed Police Directorate to Human Rights Watch, dated September 16, 2008

Appendix IV: Reply letter from the Uniformed Police Directorate to Human Rights Watch, dated September 16, 2008

Acknowledgements

 

November 2008    ISBN: 1-56432-394-3