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Kosovo: New War Crimes Court Approved

(Aug. 7, 2015) On August 3, 2015, the Parliament of Kosovo approved the establishment of a special court, a prosecution office, and financing for defense lawyers in connection with trials of people accused of war crimes during the 1998-1999 war between Kosovo and Serbia. In June, the same body had voted against setting up such […]

Kosovo: Presidential Elections Declared Invalid

(Mar. 30, 2011) On February 22, 2011, Behgjet Pacolli was elected the President of Kosovo by the legislature of that Balkan country, but the election was recently declared unconstitutional by the Kosovo Supreme Court. (Fatos Bytyci, Kosovo President Election Was Illegal, Court Rules, REUTERS (Mar. 28, 2011).) Pacolli is a Swiss businessman of Albanian origin […]

Kosovo: Calls for Inquiry into Possible Human Organ Sales

(Feb. 23, 2011) On February 16, 2011, Lamberto Zannier, Special Representative of the United Nations in Kosovo, called for an inquiry into allegations of trafficking in human organs in the region in 1999. (Kosovo: UN Envoy Calls for Probe into Allegations of Human Organ Trafficking, UN NEWS CENTRE (Feb. 16, 2011), It has been […]

Kosovo: UN Asks World Court to Rule on Kosovo

(Oct. 14, 2008) On October 8, 2008, the General Assembly of the United Nations voted 77 to 6, with 74 abstentions, to refer the question of the legality of Kosovo's declaration of independence to the International Court of Justice (ICJ, also called the World Court). The resolution was put forward by Serbia. Kosovo had been […]

Kosovo: Constitution Signed

(May 2, 2008) On April 9, 2008, the Parliament of Kosovo unanimously adopted the Constitution, which was signed by Kosovo's President Fatmir Sejdiu and Prime Minister Hashim Thaci. The Constitution declares Kosovo to be "an independent, sovereign, democratic, unified, and inseparable state" that guarantees freedom to all its citizens. The Constitution will enter into force […]