Annual Report: Serbia 2013

May 23, 2013

Annual Report: Serbia 2013

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Refugees and asylum-seekers

According to UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, 997 members of minority communities voluntarily returned to Kosovo; another 489 individuals were induced to return. Some 1,997 individuals were forcibly repatriated, mainly from the EU, including 680 from groups considered in need of international protection. Barriers to their sustainable return persisted. Municipalities lacked the political will, structures and financial resources to reintegrate returnees. Roma in particular received little assistance with reintegration and were unable to access civil registration, education, health, housing, employment and social welfare.

Just over 300 Serbs returned voluntarily to Kosovo. Violent and other attacks on returning Kosovo Serbs continued. In Klinë/Klina municipality, returnees received threatening letters; two houses recently reconstructed for Serb returnees were burned down.

  • In July, Ljiljana and Milovan Jevtić were shot dead in the village of Talinovc i Muhaxherëve/ Muhadzer Talinovac, to which they had returned in 2004. An investigation was opened.

Amnesty International visits/reports

  • Amnesty International delegates visited Serbia in April, June and November.
  • Kosovo: Time for EULEX to prioritize war crimes (EUR 70/004/2012)
  • After Belvil: Serbia needs new laws against forced eviction (EUR 70/015/2012)