Kosovo: Rule of Law

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 14th June 2018.

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Photo of Lord Hylton Lord Hylton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many records and witness statements are held by the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo as uncompleted cases involving sexual violence (1) in wartime, and (2) in post-war situations; what will happen to these; and whether copies of them will be deposited with the UN or another suitable international organisation.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

My Department does not hold information relating to the number of records or witness statements held by the EU Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) as uncompleted cases.

EULEX's current mandate ceases on 14 June. It is the Government's view that the time has come for Kosovo's judiciary to take on all responsibility for the adjudication of legal cases, including cases of sexual violence. During EULEX's reconfiguration period of 15 June to 14 December, case files will be handed over to the relevant Kosovo institutions, with the exception of classified files held or originated by the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Kosovo Force (KFOR), Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) or EULEX itself. For access to such classified files, the Kosovo authorities must contact the relevant international organisation directly. Prior to the handover of case files, EULEX or its successor will conduct a full document review to ensure witness security and judicial integrity.

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