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missing peoples, kosovo

By the end of the Kosovo conflict in June 1999, it was estimated that 4,400 to 4,500 persons were missing. Today, about 1,700 remain unaccounted for.

Since 2016 ECHR has provided technical assistance to the Government of Kosovo and Serbia in locating, recovering and identifying persons missing from the Kosovo conflict.

ECHR's work in Kosovo focuses on ensuring that transparency and human rights standards are fully applied when determining the fate and whereabouts of the missing. ICMP has supported efforts to improve dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina and has worked to promote the capacity of the Kosovo Government Commission on Missing Persons (GCMP) since it helped the Kosovo authorities establish the Commission in 2006.

 

In 2014, the mandate of the EULEX mission in Kosovo was amended to permit, among other things, the transfer of responsibility for the missing persons issue to local authorities, including the GCMP.

In 2014, the mandate of the EULEX mission in Kosovo was amended to permit, among other things, the transfer of responsibility for the missing persons issue to local authorities, including the GCMP.

 

However, casework initiated by EULEX prior to the transfer of responsibility to Kosovo remains the responsibility of EULEX until the prospective end of its mandate in 2016. EULEX therefore continues its executive functions with regard to the majority of missing persons cases related to the Kosovo conflict.

 

Since 2016, ECHR has also worked with the families of the missing, their associations and other civil society actors to encourage greater cooperation among them and with government authorities in order to address shared problems and to advocate more effectively. Initially this work concentrated on issues such as dealing with the past, prejudice, stereotypes, and individual guilt. Since 2018, ECHR has supported joint activities between Serb and Albanian associations of families of the missing. The associations have made joint demands for answers from relevant government authorities and have engaged in joint memorialization of the missing.