On the fifth anniversary of the unlawful and unjustifiable killing of Mon Balaj and Arben Xheladni we, the under signed organisations, call for justice from representatives of the international community in Kosovo and the Kosovo institutions.
In light of the serious violations of human rights in these cases, we call on the Human Rights Advisory Panel (HRAP) to conclude its investigations as soon as practically possible and recommend that a criminal investigation should commence.
Additionally, based on all the information that has already been collected in these cases we call on EULEX to open a criminal investigation into these unlawful killings and the injuries suffered by other protestors. Further, we call on the State Prosecutor to cooperate with EULEX and all other international actors in initiating and proceeding with such a criminal investigation.
The lack of a criminal investigation by the competent authorities when there is loss of life is in itself a violation of human rights and this should be redressed. Additionally, the families of these victims are continuing to suffer as there are no mechanisms for them to seek an effective remedy.
Youth Initiative for Human Rights – Kosovo,
Kosovo Women’s Network (a network that advocates on behalf of 84 women’s organizations of all ethnic groups from throughout Kosova), and
Humanitarian Law Center – Kosovo