ECMI Kosovo’s expertise in anti-discrimination

ECMI Kosovo’s expertise in anti-discrimination

Over the past years, ECMI has been actively engaged in enhancing the implementation of the Kosovo anti-discrimination law by raising public awareness about discriminatory patterns in Kosovo society, and taking actions against particular cases of discrimination.

In various public awareness raising campaigns about individual and community rights, ECMI Kosovo has touched upon the prevention of discrimination.

Segregated education in Kosovo

ECMI Kosovo has taken a lead in the battle against segregated classes for Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptian children in Kosovo. Segregation forms an example of indirect discrimination: the practice to assign children of the same neighbourhood to the same class seems a neutral procedure, but can amount to indirect discrimination toward Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian children who often live in the same neighbourhoods.

For more information, see here.

Access to medicines

ECMI Kosovo has documented that essential drugs – that are by law free of charge for people older than 65 and persons depending on social assistance – are not available in public pharmacies or public health care centres. This forms an act of indirect discrimination toward people of lower socioeconomic status who have the right to free access to a list of essential medicines but do not have access to them because they are not available in public pharmacies.

Use of language

Failure to provide sufficiently qualitative public services in all official languages can amount a case of discrimination because it violates the right of language communities to access pubic services. ECMI Kosovo has participated actively in enhancing the implementation of the Law on the Use of Languages, both in the form of monitoring and evaluation programmes and in the form of language acquisition courses to municipal officials.

See here and here.

Domestic violence

ECMI Kosovo has denounced failure of the state authorities to take cases of domestic violence seriously, especially in the tragic case of Diana Kastrati, who was murdered by her former partner Adnan Jashiri. Just three weeks prior to the murder, she had presented a petition to the Municipal Court of Prishtinë/Priština requesting emergency protection after receiving several threats from her former partner, but the Municipal Court failed to react to this complaint within the legal timeframe.

See here

Access to drivers’ licenses

Following an agreement between the Governments of Serbia and Kosovo, the Kosovo government made it possible for Kosovo citizens with an official Serbian driving license to apply for and acquire an official Kosovo driving license. ECMI Kosovo found that this service was only provided to ethnic Serbs, while persons of non-Serbian ethnicity with a Serbian driver’s license were excluded from this service.