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Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Kosovo province): Further information on fear of ill-treatment / possible extrajudicial executions

, Index number: EUR 70/005/1997

Ethnic Albanians including: Avni Klinaku, Dulah Sallahu, Bejtullah Sallahu, Emin Sallahu, Shukrije Rexha (f), political activist, Majlinda Sinani (f), school teacher and actress, Sinan Azemi, human rights activist; Zahir Pajaziti, Hakif Zejnulahu (both killed); and new names: Edmond Hoxha (killed), Naip Hasani: On 3 February the Yugoslav authorities announced that "66 members of terrorist organizations" had been arrested. An ethnic Albanian lawyer, however, whose clients are among those arrested, has denied that her clients were involved in political violence, and has alleged that many have been tortured or ill-treated by police in incommunicado detention. Among those taken to hospital, after allegedly being severely ill-treated, was Naip Hasani. The name of the ethnic Albanian who was shot by police on 31 January was reportedly Edmond Hoxha.

EXTERNAL AI Index: EUR 70/05/97
6 February 1997
Further information on UA 38/97 (EUR 70/04/97, 3 February 1997) -
Fear of ill-treatment / Possible extrajudicial executions
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF YUGOSLAVIAEthnic Albanians including:
Avni Klinaku
Dulah Sallahu
Bejtullah Sallahu
Emin Sallahu
Shukrije Rexha (f), political activist
Majlinda Sinani (f), school teacher and actress
Sinan Azemi, human rights activist
Zahir Pajaziti (killed)
Hakif Zejnulahu (killed)
new names: Edmond Hoxha (killed)
Naip Hasani
On 3 February the Yugoslav authorities announced that "66 members of terrorist
organizations" had been arrested in Kosovo province. An ethnic Albanian lawyer,
however, whose clients include some of those arrested, has denied that her
clients were involved in political violence. She also alleged that many of
those arrested had been ill-treated by police with the aim of obtaining
self-incriminating statements from them, and that lawyers had not been allowed
to meet their clients while they were detained in police custody. She said
that two of those arrested had been so severely ill-treated that they had been
admitted to hospital.
It appears that one of these was Naip Hasani, from Prizren, who was detained
on 28 or 29 January, and on 29 January was reportedly taken to Priština hospital
by police, allegedly in a coma after being beaten and suffering severe injuries.
His family has reportedly complained that early on the morning of 31 January
he was transferred from the hospital to an unknown destination and that police
have refused to answer their questions as to his whereabouts.
It is reported that the third ethnic Albanian who was shot dead by police on
31 January was Edmond Hoxha, aged 21.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/
airmail letters in English, French, German or Russian or in your own language:
- noting reports of the arrest and detention since 26 January of more than
60 ethnic Albanians in Kosovo province;
- acknowledging the duty of the authorities to bring to justice any person
who has committed violent crimes, but stressing that such investigations must
be carried out in conformity with national and international law;
- expressing concern at allegations that some of those detained have been
tortured or ill-treated by police;
- referring specifically to the case of Naip Hasani, urging that his family
be immediately informed as to his whereabouts;
- seeking assurances that those detained are not being subjected to torture
or ill-treatment and that they are granted full legal safeguards, including
the right to be brought promptly before a judge and to challenge their detention
in a court of law, and access to their lawyers and families;
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- noting the incident on 31 January in which three ethnic Albanians were shot
dead by police allegedly acting in self-defence;
- urging that this incident be promptly, thoroughly and impartially investigated
so as to establish whether or not police acted within the law.
APPEALS TO:
President of the Republic of Serbia
Predsednik Republike Srbije
Slobodan Miloševi_
Andri_ev venac 1
11000 Beograd, FR Yugoslavia
Fax: + 381 11 682 167 or 656 862
Telegrams: Predsednik Srbije, Beograd, Yugoslavia
Salutation: Dear President
Minister of Internal Affairs
Zoran Sokolovi_
Ministar unutrašnjih poslova Republike Srbije
Kneza Miloša 101
11000 Beograd, FR Yugoslavia
Fax: +381 11 641 867 or 11 685 937
Telegrams: Ministar unutrasnjih poslova Srbije, Beograd, Yugoslavia
Salutation: Dear Minister
COPIES TO:
Committee for the Defence of Human Rights and Freedoms
Xhavit Mitrovica 15, 38000, Priština, Yugoslavia
NGO Information Centre
Avalska 9,
11000 Beograd, Yugoslavia
and to diplomatic representatives of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia accredited
to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 20 March 1997.

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