Initiative of President Osmani to Set 14 April Remembrance Day for Victims of Sexual Violence in Kosovo War

The initiative for documenting crimes of sexual violence during the war over the last two years (2019-2020) has collected data on 345 survivors of sexual violence.
According to a report published Wednesday by the Kosovo Rehabilitation Centre for Torture Victims (KRCT) of 345 documented cases, 11 percent of the cases are children who were under the age of 18 at the time when they experienced sexual violence. According to the report out of 345 documented cases, 325 are women and girls and 20 are men and boys. Based on the report six percent of the victims belong to non-majority communities (Roma, Bosniak, Ashkali and Egyptian).
The first report on the documentation of sexual violence by Serbian forces during the war in Kosovo dubbed “Right to Truth – Unnamed Victims” of the KRCT says that rapes during wartime occurred more often in villages rather than cities, with 63 percent of cases occurring in villages and 37 in cities.
Executive Director of the KRCTV, Feride Rushiti, said as quoted by Gazeta Express on Wednesday that the aim of publication of this document is lack of willingness and commitment of state institutions to collect these data. The report is accessible online in the KRCT website.
The initiative for documenting crimes of sexual violence during the war over the last two years (2019-2020) has collected data on 345 survivors of sexual violence.
According to a report published Wednesday by the Kosovo Rehabilitation Centre for Torture Victims (KRCT) of 345 documented cases, 11 percent of the cases are children who were under the age of 18 at the time when they experienced sexual violence. According to the report out of 345 documented cases, 325 are women and girls and 20 are men and boys. Based on the report six percent of the victims belong to non-majority communities (Roma, Bosniak, Ashkali and Egyptian).
The first report on the documentation of sexual violence by Serbian forces during the war in Kosovo dubbed “Right to Truth – Unnamed Victims” of the KRCT says that rapes during wartime occurred more often in villages rather than cities, with 63 percent of cases occurring in villages and 37 in cities.
Executive Director of the KRCTV, Feride Rushiti, said the aim of publication of this document is lack of willingness and commitment of state institutions to collect these data. The report is accessible online in the KRCT website.
Rushiti said that publication of the report on 14 April coincides with the case of Vasfije Krasniqi who was raped by two Serb police officers in 1999. Krasniqi was the first person to publicly narrate her trauma of sexual violence during Kosovo War. She was raped by Serbian police when she was 16 years old and has since continued the movement for bringing those responsible of committing war crimes to justice.

Krasniqi was hosted Wednesday by Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani, who stated after the meeting that 14 April will be announced as the day for remembering victims of sexual violence during the war./argumentum.al