On Mar. 26,Women in Black Serbia held a performance in Belgrade, recognizing crimes committed by the Serbian regime against ethnic Albanian civilians 15 years ago. Women in Black reminded citizens of the forced deportation of over 800,000 Albanians from their homes and country, the abuse, the murder of civilians, the women raped, the properties burnt and the robberies that occurred.
“We express our deepest condolences and solidarity with the families for their losses, and the endless pain and humiliation that was caused by the Serbian regime in that time,” they said.
Women in Black demanded that information about Albanian missing persons be published; information about mass graves in Serbia where the remains of Albanian persons are located be published; to take all actions aimed at prosecuting those responsible for crimes committed against Albanians; and to ensure that perpetrators receive appropriate penalties.
Stasa Zajovic, Coordinator of Women in Black, said that the government of Serbia’s statements and promises so far have only been empty rhetoric. She said that the government must demonstrate that it is serious about dealing with the past and in order to break away “from the great burden of crime policy” carried out by the regime of Slobodan Milosevic. Activists held a banner in front of the monument Knjaz Mihaili that stated: “We remember the crime in Kosovo” in the Serbian language. It also contained the message: Women in Black against the war.