Encouraging Support for Local Products

In September, Fisnik Ismaijli, activist of Lëvizja VETËVENDOSJE! launched the initiative, “Duaje tënden” to encourage people to consume domestic products. Buying our own products directly affects economic development, increases the number of jobs and improves social well- being. Fisnik pointed out that since 2000, Kosova has imported on average 300 million Euros a year from Serbia, which means that over 11 years, we have spent 3 billion Euros financing Serbia’s economy and consequently, its budget. This budget goes toward Serbia’s parallel structures which undermine the sovereignty of our country. Fisnik invited all domestic producers to mark their produce with the stickers, “Duaje tënden” (Love what’s yours). You will see these stickers as well as posters in the majority of shops in Prishtina.

Most people in Kosova, be it Internationals and locals, do want to buy local products, but sometimes it is very difficult to work out what country the goods actually come from. Vetevendosje are now trying to encourage local manufacturers to use this logo on the labelling  to make i easier.

Human Rights Report 2011

PRISTINA, Kosovo — In its Human rights report 2011 Kosovo is presented as a part of Serbia. As far it concerns Kosovo, the Amnesty report starts with the constitutionally forced resignation of former President Sejdiu, the following parliamentary elections and cases of election fraud. Partially quoting EULEX (the often disputed European Union rule-of-lawmission in Kosovo), the report states that Kosovo “justice system remained weak and is subject to political interference. Judges and witnesses received threats, and protection mechanisms were rarely invoked.”

In addition, Amnesty says that out of 900 war crimes cases EULEX inherited from UNMIK only 60 are under prosecution. It mentions the arrest of former KLA commander Sabit Geçi, allegedly involved in war crimes in Drenas and Kukes (Albania), as well as the 7 years imprisonment of Kosovo Serb Vukmir Cvetkovic due to war crimes in Klina. Amnesty reminds that at the end of 2010 “1822 people were considered missing but that a draft Law on Missing Persons failed to include provisions for reparation, including compensation, to relatives of the disappeared.

Further on the report looks back to June 2010 when several activists of the Kosovar Movement for Self-Determination (‘Vetëvendosje!’) “were ill-treated and some hospitalized during a police operation to arrest (Vetevendosje head) Albin Kurti.”

In term of ‘interethnic-violence’ Amnesty refers to incidents in predominantly Serb populated municipalities in northern Kosovo: In May  2010 there were reported clashes with the police in regard of the participation of Kosovo Serbs in Serbian local elections. Further incidents were reported on 2nd. July, when “1,500 Serbs protested against the opening of a civil registration office (of the Republic of Kosovo) in Bosnjacka Mahala (Bosnian quarter), an ethnically mixed area of north Mitrovica. An explosive device killed a Bosniak pediatrician and 11 Serbian protesters were injured.” Amnesty also highlights the case of the attack on a Kosovo-Serb member of the Kosovo parliament, who was “shot and wounded in both legs in front of his house in north Mitrovica” on 5th. July – whereas the motive behind this attack in the Kosovar public was widely considered to be connected with his activities within institutions of the Republic of Kosovo.