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OSCE Mission in Kosovo Update - Facts, Figures, Developments 09 Feb 2000

Following is a sample of some of the activities being carried out by the OSCE Mission in Kosovo. Check back soon for more updates as the Mission deploys.

Kosovo to have three television and four radio province-wide channels.
OSCE to finance shelters for female victims of crime.
Draft laws on election and party registration finalized.

Facts and Figures

Total Mission Staff - 1,556

International Staff - 495
Local Staff - 1,061

Mission Activities

Police Education and Development - The Kosovo Police School reopened on 31 January after being shut down five days earlier due to a lack of water, contaminated diesel, frozen pipes and pumps. Despite the technical difficulties, the 175 cadets currently in training are expected to graduate on 19 February, as originally scheduled. The next class, numbering 300, is scheduled to begin training two days later, on 21 February.

Media Affairs - Three television and four radio stations will be granted the right to transmit throughout all of Kosovo. Other broadcasters will be granted local broadcasting rights. The decision was made by the Joint Civil Commission on Media, a group composed of OSCE, KFOR and United Nations Civil Administration representatives, following the recommendations of the International Telecommunications Union. The Government of Japan has declared its readiness to donate transmission equipment to the stations.

Democratization - The Democratization Department and the Rule of Law Division have drawn up a draft Regulation on the Registration and Operation of Political Parties in Kosovo. Registration criteria include a pledge for non-violent and legal behaviour, a list of at least 500 signatories and a deposit of 500 DM. No individual indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) may hold office. The draft of the Regulation will enter into force after all political and legal procedures have been completed. All registered parties will be able to participate in the Kosovo Transitional Council, the advisory body to the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).

Human Rights - OSCE has facilitated a series of meetings to address the urgent need for creating a shelter for female victims of crime. The meeting included representatives of KFOR, UNMIK Police, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Organization for Migration, and local NGOs. Alltogether 20 shelters are to be established in the Pristina area to provide temporary refugee to women from throughout Kosovo. The number of women who continue to fall victim to violent crime is still significantly high, and the shelters are designed to provide a safe haven to women who either feel threatened, or have been victimized. The shelters will be run by the Association of Churches Together (ACT) and financed by the OSCE and the UNHCR. The first shelters will be established in the course of the next week.

Rule of Law - OSCE Rule of Law experts met with representative of the Kosovo-wide Association for Political Prisoners, to discuss the issues of Kosovo Albanians currently detained in Serbia proper. According to the Association, more than 2,000 ethnic Albanians are currently in detention in Serbian prisons. The Association aims at establishing a detainee transfer programme with the Serbian government. Aside from lobbying and disseminating information, the Association is also helping families and lawyers in Kosovo establish contact with the detainees. OSCE representatives informed the Association of steps taken by the Mission to address the issue, including establishing contacts between the Serbian and Kosovo Bars regarding access to detainees.

Elections - The draft Regulation for the Municipal Elections in Kosovo has been finalised and presented to the Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General, the Council of Europe and the OSCE Chairman-in-Office. The draft was prepared by the Joint Registration Task Force (JRTF), made up of OSCE and United Nations personnel, and tasked with preparing the framework for civil and voter registration. Following consultations, the draft will be adopted, providing a legal framework for election preparation.

9 February 2000

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