UNHCR/OSCE release 4th Kosovo minority report


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UNHCR/OSCE release 4th Kosovo minority report


                            PRESS ADVISORY
 
MISSION IN KOSOVO       UNMIK
Beograd Str. 32, 38000, Pristina
Telephone: 381 38 500 162 (Sat): +870-762 138 676.
                       38/00
Fax: 381 38 500 188  (Sat): +870-762 138 677
 
 
                          UNHCR/OSCE release
                       fourth minority report:
                          Situation remains
                              precarious
 
(Pristina, 11 February 2000) OSCE and the UNHCR issued today their
fourth joint assessment on the situation of minorities in Kosovo,
covering the period November 1999 through January 2000. The last
assessment published on 3 November 1999 concluded that the overall
situation of ethnic minorities remains precarious. Regrettably, three
months later this statement still holds true. Kosovo continues to be
volatile and potentially dangerous, with ethnicity often remaining a
determining factor in the risk of falling victim to crime.
 
The report provides a breakdown of minorities by municipality,
illustrating how each community has fared during the period under
review.  Overall, with some limited exceptions, the situation has not
improved since the last report was issued and in many instances
deteriorating conditions were noted. Minorities remain vulnerable to
attack and they do not enjoy the same quality of life experienced by
the majority.  However the experience has not been uniform for all the
minority communities.  For the Kosovo Serbs and Muslim Slavs, there
are few signs of improvement, while for other communities such as the
Roma, Ashkaelia and Egyptian there are some examples of progress
having been achieved.
 
A copy of the fourth joint assessment of Human Rights in Kosovo is
available on the internet at:
http://www.osce.org/kosovo/reports/hr_0214.htm
 
PA OMIK 13/00
 
____________________________________
For further information
contact Roland Bless, OSCE Spokesperson, 
tel. +381 38 500 162 ext. 260,
mobile: + 389 70 250 576, 
or by e-mail: press@omik.org.
Information on the OSCE Mission in Kosovo:
http://www.osce.org/kosovo

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