On August 1. through a press release Kosovo Women’s Network (KWN) with its partners from civil society have reacted against homophobic views expressed by the Kosovar pathologist, Dr. Nazim Qehaja.
Qehaja caused a scandal by openly justifying sexual violence, which, according to him, occurs because a girl/woman dresses in a way that is considered “immoral and anti-national”. After several reactions on social media by activists for human rights, women’s rights, girls’ rights, and LGBT persons rights, Dr. Qehaja continued defending his views that sexual violence is justified in some cases and that rapists should not be punished nor held accountable before the law.
Through this letter, the undersigned organizations, remind Dr. Qehaja that if sexual assault were specific to persons with mental disorders, then our state, through laws in harmony with those of democratic developed countries, would not define sexual assault as a criminal offense, punishable with 2-10 years in prison, but as a mental health disorder.
The Constitution of the Republic of Kosovo guarantees freedom and security for every citizen, regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, nation, race or religion. According to the law, any person inciting hatred and disunity must receive deserved punishment. Therefore, we also demand that the State Prosecutor’s Office urgently take action against Dr. Qehaja.
Read HERE the full Press Release.
Kosovo Civil Society Foundation – KCSF
Cultural Heritage without Borders Kosovo Foundation – CHwB
Community Development Fund – CDF
Kosovar Institute for Policy Research and Development – KIPRED
Kosovar Youth Council – KYC
Equal Rights for All Coalition – ERAC
Youth Initiative for Human Rights – YIHR
Organization for Increasing Quality of Education – ORCA
Centre for Equality and Liberty of the LGBT Community – CEL
Center for Social Group Development – CSGD Kosova
Art and Community Center – Artpolis
Advocacy Training and Resource Center – ATRC
European Center for Minority Issues – ECMI Kosovo
Center for Legal Aid and Regional Development – CLARD
Kosovar Gender Studies Center – KGSC
Kosovo Women’s Network – KWN
Kosovar Stability Initiative- IKS
Syri i Vizionit
Center for Counseling, Social Services and Research- SIT
Lawyers Association – Norma
Numismatic Association – Demastion