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The Ombudsperson Institution in Kosovo and the Protection of Minorities

The Ombudsperson Institution in Kosovo and the Protection of Minorities I. INTRODUCTION The Ombudsperson Institution in Kosovo (hereinafter 'the OIK') is the one institution to which people in Kosovo' can complain about individual measures and policies imple- mented by the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), which since 1999 has been the main authority in the territory. The OIK therefore has a central role when it comes to the protection and promotion of human rights, including the rights of minorities.2 The Ombudsperson Institution has, in its mandate a special focus on complaints from minorities; since minorities have a particular vulnerability in Kosovo, a major part of the work has thus far been focused on this issue. The severe persecution of Serbs, Roma and other minorities by the Kosovo Liberation Army (U(�K) and Kosovo Albanian civilians during the first months after the interna- tional forces arrived in Kosovo in 1999 led to mass flight. Although a lot of effort has been put into the issue of return, very little has been actually achieved. After almost four years of United Nations administration, the remaining minority population still suffers from discrimination with regard to their human rights, particularly when it comes to freedom of movement, access to public and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

The Ombudsperson Institution in Kosovo and the Protection of Minorities

European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online , Volume 2 (1): 13 – Jan 1, 2002

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Abstract

I. INTRODUCTION The Ombudsperson Institution in Kosovo (hereinafter 'the OIK') is the one institution to which people in Kosovo' can complain about individual measures and policies imple- mented by the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), which since 1999 has been the main authority in the territory. The OIK therefore has a central role when it comes to the protection and promotion of human rights, including the rights of minorities.2 The Ombudsperson Institution has, in its mandate a special focus on complaints from minorities; since minorities have a particular vulnerability in Kosovo, a major part of the work has thus far been focused on this issue. The severe persecution of Serbs, Roma and other minorities by the Kosovo Liberation Army (U(�K) and Kosovo Albanian civilians during the first months after the interna- tional forces arrived in Kosovo in 1999 led to mass flight. Although a lot of effort has been put into the issue of return, very little has been actually achieved. After almost four years of United Nations administration, the remaining minority population still suffers from discrimination with regard to their human rights, particularly when it comes to freedom of movement, access to public and

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European Yearbook of Minority Issues OnlineBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2002

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