Document - SVAW Newsletter - Issue 02: Kosovo: women for sale
SVAW Newsletter – Issue 02
ACT 77/061/2004 01 June 2004
Kosovo: women for
Women and girls are being
trafficked from some of the poorest countries in Europe and forced
to work as prostitutes in Kosovo. Many of the men who buy their
services are working for the UN and other international
These young women and girls
are subjected to repeated human rights violations. They are sold
into slavery. They are threatened, beaten, raped and effectively
imprisoned by their owners. They are often too afraid to escape and
the authorities are failing to help them.
Women and girls are often
sold several times in transit, for prices ranging from €50 to
The majority of trafficked
women and girls have been forced to have unprotected sex; only 10
per cent receive regular health care.
Despite some positive
measures by the authorities, trafficked women and girls are often
still treated as criminals - prosecuted for being unlawfully in
Kosovo, or charged with prostitution following raids by
International personnel from
UNMIK (UN Interim Mission in Kosovo) and KFOR (NATO-led
international military force) enjoy a general immunity from
prosecution, unless explicitly waived by senior
Trafficking of women and
girls in Kosovo will never end as long as the perpetrators go free
and as long as civilian and military personnel are allowed to
commit human rights violations with impunity.
Trafficking is a widespread
and pervasive form of violence against women.
"I was beaten and I was
forced to have sexual intercourse ... if we were not willing, they
just beat us and raped us."
Find out more: Trafficked
women and girls have human rights
Kosovo: Facts and figures on
trafficking of women and girls for forced prostitution in
Pakistan: A welcome ban on
trial by jirga
The High Court of Sindh
province issued a ban on trials by jirga on 23 April 2004. Jirgas,
councils of male elders, have assumed quasi-judicial functions and
passed judgments which have predominantly violated girls' and
Good news: Slovenia is to
ratify Optional Protocol on the Women's Convention
After three years of
campaigning by women NGOs and other organizations including AI, the
Slovene parliament passed a law on ratification of the Optional
Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of
Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
UN Commission on Human
Rights: Sexual rights are human rights
Sexual rights had
unprecedented visibility at the 60th Session of the UN Commission
on Human Rights – cutting across four resolutions and the focus of
activism both globally and at the UN – but they have also come
under sustained attack.
international convention on women
On 26 March Swaziland
ratified the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of
Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) without reservations. AI
welcomes this ratification. The government of Swaziland must now
ensure its provisions are incorporated into national law and
practice without delay. AI also urges the government to ratify the
Optional protocol to CEDAW.
Women in Rwanda: marked for
Ten years on from the
genocide and war of 1994, the women of Rwanda are still seeking
redress for the violence done to them.
Royal seal of
Queen Rania signs up to the
Queen Rania of Jordan signs
her name in support of the Stop Violence Against Women campaign in
an event in Amman, Jordan attended by over 400 people.
Supporters mark launch of new
AI supporters in Sweden
created "human installations" to mark the launch of AI Sweden's
report on men's violence against women. Every fourth woman had
black roses for a bouquet.
Amnesty International Report
annual survey documents human rights abuses in 155 countries around
the world. It reports on areas of work being prioritized by Amnesty
International, including violence against women. An essential
reference tool for human rights activists.