Kosovo Wartime Rape Survivor files a criminal complaint at the Special Prosecution


Gazeta Express
14 Tetor 2019 11:57

The survivor of sexual violence during the Kosovo War, Shyhrete Tahiri Sylejmani, has filed a criminal complaint at the Special Prosecution of the Republic of Kosovo, asking for justice be delivered in her case.

“Today, I am here with you to share the pain in my soul. I represent all mothers, brothers and daughters who feel the same pain. It is not easy. I am here to seek for justice be delivered,” she said addressing media as she was heading to submit the criminal complaint at the Special Prosecution.

Director of the Kosovo Rehabilitation Centre for Torture Victims (KRCT), Feride Rushiti, said that 20 years after the war in Kosovo, no one has been convicted of sexual violence charges. She called on Kosovo institutions to prioritise dealing with these cases. Shyhrete Tahiri is from Gjilan and she is the second survivor of sexual violence during the war after Vasfije Krasniqi Goodman to go out publically and seek for her rapists be convicted. According to unofficial data there are more than 20 thousand victims of sexual violence during the war in Kosovo.

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