29. July. 2021. | 09:58

Presentation of the research paper ’Assessment of the Status of the Rights of Non-Majority Communities in Kosovo’

On 28th of July NGO Aktiv presented a policy paper ’Assessment of the Status of the Rights of Non-Majority Communities in Kosovo’ in Pristina (Swiss Diamond), which was published with the support of International Olof Palme Center. Guests of the presentation were Almir Veliji, Deputy Minister for Regional Development, Raif Kırkul, Journalist and Fatir Berzati, Activist, who offered an overview of the (dis)respect of rights of non-majority communities in Kosovo and shared their views on the content of the publication itself.

Launched last year, the Assessment of the Status of Non-Majority Rights in Kosovo is an important cornerstone of these efforts and amounts to a cumulative analysis of data collected from monitoring activities in set thematic areas that include language rights, access to services, cultural and religious heritage, safety, property rights and returns. While the previous report focused on the Kosovo Serb community, this year’s report was expanded to include Bosniaks, Gorani, Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities and Turks.

The Assessment of the Status of the Rights of Non-Majority Communities in Kosovo for 2020, the authors of which are Caleb Waugh and Igor Marković, is a publication that, unlike reports of a similar nature, aims to shed light on the perspective of ordinary citizens on the problems they face daily or periodically and the interests which they think decision-makers should consider. In that sense, the research team conducted fourteen (14) focus groups with members of non-majority communities in Kosovo municipalities in which Ashkalija, Bosniaks, Egyptians, Gorani, Roma, Turks, and Serbs make up a significant portion of the population. Apart from the focus groups with citizens, an additional 18 interviews were conducted with representatives of the non-governmental sector and media, as well as with decision-makers from the ranks of the non-majority communities. This research approach aimed to explore the personal attitudes and interests of non-majority communities, about which there is very limited social and political discussion.

The discussion with the panelists was followed by questions from the audience.

The publication is available online.

This activity was supported by the International Olof Palme Center and in no way reflects the views of this institution.