Google
  Web alb-net.com   
[Alb-Net home] [AMCC] [KCC] [other mailing lists]

List: NYC-L

[NYC-L] [AMCC-News] HRW: Macedonian Troops Commit Grave Abuses: Crimes Against Civilians - Abuses by Macedonian Forces in Ljuboten, August 10-12, 2001

Mentor Cana mentor at alb-net.com
Wed Sep 5 08:58:25 EDT 2001


>>>>>>>>>>>>> PLEASE READ  &  DISTRIBUTE FURTHER <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
---------------------------------------------------------------------
                Human Rights Violations in Macedonia
              http://www.alb-net.com/amcc/humanrights.htm

           Macedonian police brutality, abuse and massacres
            http://www.alb-net.com/amcc/abuse_violence.htm
---------------------------------------------------------------------
 

http://www.hrw.org/press/2001/09/macedonia-0905.htm

Macedonian Troops Commit Grave Abuses

Role of Interior Minister in Ljuboten Abuses Must be Investigated

(New York, September 5, 2001) Macedonian government troops committed grave
abuses during an August offensive that claimed ten civilian lives in the
ethnic Albanian village of Ljuboten, Human Rights Watch charged in a new
report released today.

   "The Macedonian government must answer to the people of Ljuboten. It is
    deeply disturbing that the Minister of Interior appears to have been so
    intimately involved in one of the worst abuses of the war. We demand an
    immediate and impartial investigation."
                                           Elizabeth Andersen
                                           Executive Director
                                           Europe and Central Asia division

   The complete report titled "Crimes Against Civilians: Abuses by
   Macedonian Forces in Ljuboten, August 10-12, 2001" is available on
   the Human Rights Watch website at:
      http://www.hrw.org/reports/2001/macedonia/.

   To access the photo gallery accompanying the report, please see:
       http://www.hrw.org/campaigns/macedonia/photos/.

The report, titled Crimes Against Civilians: Abuses by Macedonian Forces in
Ljuboten, August 10-12, 2001, charges that Macedonian police troops shot
dead six civilians and burned at least twenty-two homes, sheds, and stores
in the course of their August 12 house-to-house attack on the village.

The rights group pressed for an immediate investigation, including an
inquiry into the role of Macedonian Minister of Interior Ljube Boskovski,
who was present in the village on August 12, the day the worst violations
occurred.

"The Macedonian government must answer to the people of Ljuboten," said
Elizabeth Andersen, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch's Europe and
Central Asia division. "It is deeply disturbing that the Minister of
Interior appears to have been so intimately involved in one of the worst
abuses of the war. We demand an immediate and impartial investigation."

Human Rights Watch called on the Organization for Security and Cooperation
in Europe to make public the results of its investigation into the events
in Ljuboten. Human Rights Watch pressed for a separate investigation by the
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, which has
jurisdiction over war crimes committed in the Macedonia conflict.

Based on a two-week in-depth investigation, including a visit to Ljuboten,
interviews with victims and witnesses, and examination of photographic
evidence, the report also documented indiscriminate shelling that claimed
another three lives in Ljuboten. Contrary to the government's account of
the offensive, researchers found no evidence that the ethnic Albanian rebel
National Liberation Army was present in the village.

Hundreds of ethnic Albanian civilians who tried to flee Ljuboten faced
further abuse. Ethnic Macedonian vigilantes beat three men unconscious in
full view of the Macedonian police on August 12. One of the men was shot in
the head by the Macedonian police as he attempted to flee the beating.
Police separated over one hundred men and boys from their wives and
children and took them to police stations in Skopje, where they were
subjected to severe beatings. Atulah Qaini, aged thirty-five, was taken
away alive from the village by police officers, and his badly beaten and
mutilated corpse was later recovered by family members from the city
morgue. According to their relatives, at least twenty-four men from
Ljuboten, including a thirteen-year-old boy, remain in police custody after
suffering serious beatings from the police.

The police abuse suffered by ethnic Albanians fleeing Ljuboten is
consistent with patterns of systematic abuse Human Rights Watch has
documented in Macedonia over the past six months. Human Rights Watch urged
international monitors to make a priority of monitoring and reporting on
the conduct of Macedonian police.

"Endemic police abuse is a potential spark that could re-ignite the
conflict in Macedonia," Andersen said. "We can't wait for a gradual
restructuring of the police over the next three years. Immediate
steps-including monitoring and accountability-are needed to curb abuse."

________________________________________________
To unsubscribe from this list visit:
http://www.alb-net.com/mailman/listinfo/amcc-news



More information about the NYC-L mailing list