Women's organizations write to the Prime Minister on the establishment of a Government Commission on the Recognition and Verification of the Status of Survivors of Sexual Violence during the Kosovo Liberation War
03.05.2017

On Apr. 13, Kosova Rehabilitation Centre for Torture Victims together with Kosovo Women’s Network, Medica Kosova, Medica Gjakova and the Centre for Promotion of Women's Rights (CPWR), sent a letter to the Prime Minister Mr. Isa Mustafa demanding the establishment of a Government Commission on the recognition and verification of the status of survivors of sexual violence during the Kosovo liberation war.

       Through this letter they demanded for the decision making institutions to take the decision on functionalizing the commission and to start the acceptance of the applications for recognizing the status survivors of sexual violence during the war in Kosovo, bearing on mind that all members of the Commission were selected and the NGOs’that will support the verification process were authorized.

   Among other things, the letter stated that "the establishment of this state mechanism is a prerequisite for recognizing the suffering of victims of sexual violence during the war and enables the realization of the benefits guaranteed by Law no. 04 / L-054 on the status and rights of martyrs, invalids, veterans, members of the Kosovo Liberation Army, victims of sexual violence, civil victims and their families, as well as other categories of war.

Therefore, in the name of survivors of sexual violence, we urge you to take swift action to initiate the legal process for documenting sexual violence during the war as a state obligation to guarantee rehabilitation, reparation and justice for victims of sexual violence ".

    As a result, on Apr. 28, the Government of Kosovo approved the decision to establish a government commission for recognizing and verifying the status of victims of sexual violence during the war. With the establishment of this commission officially started the institutional support for victims of sexual violence during the war in Kosovo.

 
Kosova Women's Network