Macedonia: Rights Defenders Under Attack
MACEDONIA: CHURCH ENRAGES ALBANIANS
Macedonia Pardons 11 Guerrillas to Launch Amnesty
(December 5, 2001)
Macedonians accused of
war crimes: Call for Hague to investigate role of hardline interior
(October 6, 2001)
'...tribunal to investigate Mr Boskovski
for "grave violations of the Geneva convention, violations
of the laws governing wars and crimes against humanity".'
'At the same time harassment of Albanians around Macedonia was
stepped up, with kidnappings, killings and torture, it claims.
It says the campaign reached its peak when a majority of ethnic
Albanian civilians were driven out of the southern town of
Manastir and their homes and businesses damaged.'
Human Rights Watch: Macedonian Troops Commit Grave Abuses
(Sep 5th, 2001) -
"The Macedonian government
must answer to the people of Ljuboten. It is deeply disturbing that
the Minister of Interior appears to have been so intimately involved
in one of the worst abuses of the war. We demand an immediate and
impartial investigation." -
Executive Director, Europe and Central Asia division
Massacre report names Macedonia interior minister
(The Telegraph - August
"Ljubce Boskovski, an ultra-nationalist and a bitter opponent of
the current British-led Nato disarmament mission, will be accused by
Human Rights Watch, an American-based pressure group, of involvement
in the incident in Ljuboten."
"Outside, Fasli heard a baying mob shouting "Let us kill them. Gas
chambers for Shiptars!" Shiptar is a derogatory term for an
Police Abuse Against Albanians Continues in Macedonia
(Human Rights Watch - 08/22/2001)
"Persistent police abuse
in Macedonia is simply shocking. Macedonia must urgently address the
violence in its police stations. Ethnic Albanians are being
severely abused, and in some cases beaten to death, without the
slightest prospect of accountability."
in Macedonia (August 15,
"MACEDONIAN security forces shot dead five unarmed ethnic
Albanian villagers in cold blood on the eve of Monday's ceasefire
signing, witnesses said yesterday." "The victims on the hillside
had each been shot from behind as they fled. Bajram Jashari, a
30-year-old farmer was lying on his back, not far from two dead cows."
Fleeing Albanians shot in the back by
(August 15, 2001)
Macedonian police brutality, abuse and massacres in Luboten/Ljuboten
on Aug 11-12th, 2001
Destruction of Albanian property and Islamic cultural objects
Key Elements of Peace
Accord (August 14, 2001)
Key Events in Macedonia's Standoff
(August 13, 2001)
"NLA Supports the Peace
(August 11, 2001)
MOSQUE SET ON FIRE, [Albanian] SHOPS DEMOLISHED
(August 9, 2001) "...the crowd set
fire to a mosque in central Prilep and ransacked a number of
shops owned by Albanian and other Muslim Macedonians."
Macedonians Will Sign
Peace Deal on Monday -Envoy
(August 8, 2001)
Evidence of a Macedonian Execution: Scene in Ethnic Albanian House in
Skopje Belies Police Account of Killing
August 8, 2001)
"There was no evidence at the
scene to support the government version of events," said Peter
Bouckaert, an investigator in Skopje for Human Rights Watch,
who also inspected the house. "There was no sign of an exchange of
fire, and the victims appeared to have been shot as they were lying
on the floor."
Ten Macedonian Soldiers Killed in Ambush
(August 8, 2001)
MASSACRE IN SKOPJE QUARTERS OF GAZI
BABA: Police Executed Five Albanians While Sleeping
(August 7, 2001)
"One part of the police broke inside the house of Muzafer Halimi and
executed at least three people while there were still sleeping." -
Macedonia's [Government] Demands
Hurt Peace Talks
(August 6, 2001)
Macedonian Parties Make
Breakthrough on Language
(August 1, 2001)
'plot to start civil war in Macedonia'
(July 31, 2001)
attack U.S. and German
(July 24, 2001)
Denounces Peace Plan
(July 17, 2001)
Massacre waiting to
- Scotland On Sunday (July 8, 2001)
"A SENIOR government official has warned that Macedonian armed forces
could massacre Albanian civilians unless the international
communityintervenes in the country's burgeoning civil war."
"He said some elements of the police were not under government
control and one of the major Macedonian political parties, a
partner in the coalition government, was actively destabilising peace
efforts and fomenting ethnic hatred."
"The official, a Macedonian Slav, said there was a real danger of some
Macedonians committing war crimes on a scale seen in Croatia, Bosnia
Conflict in Macedonia
- washingtonpost.com Discussion with Frederick C.
Abrahams (July 8, 2001)
Macedonia, Rebels Sign
Truce to Facilitate Talks
(July 5, 2001)
Macedonia Paramilitary Threat Emerges: AP
"Pamphlets emblazoned with a lion
symbolizing a group calling itself Paramilitary 2000 delivered a
powerful threat to ethnic Albanian shopkeepers: Close shop or we'll
burn down your businesses."
"Since the threat, up to 30,000 Albanians, mostly from Skopje, have left
for Kosovo, bringing the number of refugees who have taken refuge in
the Serbian province to 100,000 since the insurgency began four months
Council of Europe calls for peace in Macedonia
Albanians live in fear of forced exodus from
cleansing in making?
Pamphlet Raises Ethnic Tensions
Human Rights Watch
(New York, June 25, 2001):
Excerpt from the "MACEDONIA PARAMILITARY 2000
"We order all Shiptars
[derogatory term for ethnic Albanians-tr.] who have objects for
sale-shopkeepers here and around the Kwantaskhi bazaar-to leave
within three days, and for those Shiptars from Aracinovo, the
deadline is 24 hours. After this deadline, all the shops will
be burned, and if someone tries to protect [them], the same
will be killed without warning."
"We inform Shiptars of the Macedonian republic that for every killed
police officer or soldier 100 Shiptars who do not have citizenship or
who took citizenship after 1994 will be killed. For every
police officer or soldier disabled, 50 Shiptars will be killed.
For every wounded police officer or soldier wounded, 10 Shiptars
will be killed, no matter what gender or age."
[full article ]
Brutality Fuels Rebels:
AP (Jun 16h, 2001):
"It was not the cracked bones
or the painful back injuries that made Nazim Bushi's teeth clutch with
"Supporters of Bushi, an ethnic Albanian officer serving with the
Macedonian police at the military airport in Skopje, say he is a
victim of police brutality that has proliferated since ethnic
Albanian militants took up arms in February, demanding broader rights
and claiming discrimination by majority Macedonian Slavs."
"Already, the rebels claim police harassment of ethnic Albanian
civilians is feeding them with new recruits." [full
Police conducted forced entry into the
apartments of "FAKTI" journalists
IWPR EDITOR [Veton Latifi] DETAINED IN MACEDONIA
Rioters Burn Albanian Homes
Police Fail to Stop Violencend several graves had been broken open.
The windows of the mosque were broken, and rioters had set the carpets
inside the mosque on fire..."
" Witnesses interviewed by Human Rights Watch stated that the
rioters had yelled slogans including "Death to Albanians," "Pure
Bitola," "Albanians Out of Bitola," "Get Out Albanians," and other
such statements. The rioters told some of the ethnic Albanians that
they had a week to get out of town before being targeted again."
[ full article ]
Macedonian Police Abuses Documented: Ethnic Albanian Men Separated,
Tortured at Police Stations:
Human Rights Watch (HRW May 31st,
2001): "Ethnic Albanian men
fleeing the fighting in Macedonia face severe ill-treatment by the
police. We have documented serious beatings and torture of ethnic
Albanians at the Kumanovo and Skopje police stations in the last week.
The victims we interviewed have the bruises and injuries to back up
their claims of abuse."
[ full article]
Government Abuses in Runica: Village International Community Should
Push for a Full Investigation:
Human Rights Watch (HRW May 29th, 2001):
"Our investigations show that Macedonian forces burned civilians'
homes and beat some villagers last week in the village of Runica.
These crimes must be impartially investigated, and those responsible
brought to account." [full
Albanians Say Macedonian Troops "burned our school" and "and they
burned the mosque and the cattle":
Reuters (May 22, 2001):
`` They smashed our windows when
everyone was asleep and dragged us out. Then they poured petrol on
buildings and set them on fire,'' she said. ``They burned our school
which was built for us by (Italian charity) Caritas, and they burned
the mosque and the cattle and horses in their stalls.''
Brutality: NY Times (May
17th, 2001): Macedonia Albanian recounts how " he was beaten
and interrogated while blindfolded and handcuffed for five days,
before being dumped in the countryside on Tuesday miles from home." [full
Forces Responsible for Killing and Destruction:
Human Rights Watch (HRW) March 2001:
"Available evidence suggests that
government forces were responsible for the deliberate killing
of 16-year-old Omer Shabani ..." ; "... government forces were
responsible for the wanton destruction and looting of villages
perceived as being pro-NLA..."[Full
Letter by HRW]
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MACEDONIA: EC AID UNDER FIRE - January 21, 2002
Macedonia: Rights Defenders Under Attack - January 19, 2002
MACEDONIA: CHURCH ENRAGES ALBANIANS - January 17, 2002
Macedonians Pay Price for Peace with Rebels - December 13, 2001
Macedonia Pardons 11 Guerrillas to Launch Amnesty - December 5, 2001
Macedonia pardons first Albanian rebels - December 5, 2001
ALBANIAN DOCTORS MISTREATED BY THE MACEDONIAN POLICE - December 4, 2001
The special police force ‘Lions’ places the peace process in Macedonia at risk - December 4, 2001
Macedonia UN Agencies Appeal for Relief Donations - December 3, 2001
Macedonia might free Albanian rebels - December 3, 2001
Macedonia's justice minister seeks amnesty for former rebels - November 27, 2001
Macedonia moderates quit coalition in blow to peace deal - November 22, 2001
Collapse of Macedonian coalition puts peace in peril - November 22, 2001
A Night that Could Have Brought the War Back - November 22, 2001
Macedonian MPs finally ratify peace-deal reforms for Albanians - November 17, 2001
Macedonia Says Reforms Bind Rebels to Accept State - November 17, 2001
Macedonia OKs Clear Amnesty for Former Guerrillas - November 16, 2001
Macedonia adopts new constitution - November 16, 2001
Fighting in northwest Macedonia, three police killed - November 12, 2001
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western part of Macedonia, struggling for better lives within the
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