Serbia, public platform for Brovina's amnesty in Belgrade
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[balkanhr] IFEX/WiPC: FRY update (poet sentenced)
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Words of FLORA BROVINA]
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AI on Dr. Brovina
Datum: Sat, 11 Dec 1999 10:31:52 -0500
Von: Gay Gardner <email@example.com>
News Service 233/99
Serb court jails doctor who aided Kosovo women_______________________________________________________________________
December 10, 1999_______________________________________________________________________
Friday, December 10, 1999_______________________________________________________________________
Serbia Sentences Activist to 12 Years
Thursday, 9 December, 1999, 21:12 GMT_______________________________________________________________________
Thursday, 9 December, 1999, 17:05 GMT_______________________________________________________________________
Albanian humanitarian sentenced to jail_______________________________________________________________________
Ethnic Albanian Activist Sentenced_______________________________________________________________________
Betreff: Serbia, Reuters on Brovina sentence]
Datum: Fri, 10 Dec 1999 16:21:15 +0100
Von: "grupa484" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
U.S. asks Serbs to free Kosovo Albanian doctor_______________________________________________________________________
Thursday, December 09th, 1999
Flora Brovina convicted on 12 years of prison_______________________________________________________________________
10 December 1999 News at 18:25 http://www.kosovapress.com/english/dhjetor/10_12_99_2.htm
Flora Brovina was sentencd to 12 years imprisonment
|taken on 12 December 1999 from http://www.hrw.org/hrw/campaigns/kosovo98/index.shtml|
Teki Bokshi has been released by his kidnappers. (16 December 1999)
Brovina a Famous Kosovo ActivistBy Danica Kirka, Associated Press Writer, Monday, Nov. 29, 1999
http://famulus.msnbc.com/FamulusIntl/reuters11-25-090817.asp?reg=EUROPE#bodySerb trial of Kosovo Albanian activist postponed_______________________________________________________________________
NIS, Serbia, Nov. 25 — The trial in Serbia of a leading Kosovo Albanian doctor and activist, charged with terrorism, was postponed for a second time on Thursday after a key prosecution witnesses failed to show up.
The defendant, Flora Brovina, 50, is one of the most prominent of around 2,000 people arrested in Kosovo before and during NATO's March-to-June air strikes and known still to be in jail in Serbia.
Brovina denied all the charges when the trial opened on November 11 in the southern town of Nis, describing the Albanian Women's League that she founded in 1992 as an apolitical organisation devoted to education and health.
The prosecution alleges that Brovina formed a unit of the separatist ethnic Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army guerrilla movement and hosted its meetings.
She was arrested outside her flat in the Kosovo capital Pristina in April and could face up to 10 years in prison.
The prosecution is seeking to call a doctor, Dobrasin Krcic, to testify on medicines found at a humanitarian organisation Brovina was involved in running.
The court said he had been detained by bad weather, and postponed the next session until December 9.
Brovina did not attend the court session and her husband said she was sick and in need of urgent hospital care. ''Her place is in hospital not in jail,'' he told reporters.
Copyright 1999 Reuters Limited.
25 November 1999
News at 20:45 http://www.kosovapress.com/english/nentor/25_11_99_6.htmAgain continue the trial against Flora Brovina
Pristine, November (Kosovapress)
The trial against Flora Brovina the well known as Albanian humanist in Kosova, today for the second time in this month the trial it can not end at the Serb court in Nish, has reported the agency ABeta@ from Belgrade. She has been taken at her house during the war when NATO was bombarding, and she was accused as a terrorist where she can be sentenced up to 20 years in jail. By the lack of proves the court serb is pushing on her trial.
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Protest in Prishtina to demand the release of Dr. Flora Brovina________________________________________________________________
From: "Grupa 484" <email@example.com>
Subject: Serbia, political trials
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 13:55:20 +0100
From: Grupa 484 [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
TRIAL TO DR. FLORA BROVINA IN NIS
11th of November 1999, at 10 o'clock in Nis, started
the trial process to Dr Flora Brovina, who is children's doctor, poet and
the member of the Alliance of Albanian Women from Pristina.
The prosecutor was deputy of district public prosecutor, Miodrag Surla.________________________________________________________________
[balkanhr] HLC: NO VALID EVIDENCE AGAINST FLORA BROVINA
HUMANITARIAN LAW CENTER COMMUNIQUE_______________________________________________________________________
[balkanhr] IFEX/WiPC: Trial against Flora Brovina postponed in Serbia
IFEX- News from the international freedom of expression community
AI statement on Brovina trial
Datum: Sun, 14 Nov 1999 15:21:29 -0500
Von: Gay Gardner <email@example.com>
FYI, public statement issued Nov. 10--_______________________________________________________________________
IWPR'S BALKAN CRISIS REPORT, NO. 92
WELCOME TO IWPR'S BALKAN CRISIS REPORT, NO. 92, November 12, 1999
SERBIAN JUSTICE ON TRIAL_______________________________________________________________________
Betreff: HLC Statement
Datum: Fri, 12 Nov 1999 20:32:54 +0100
Von: Humanitarian Law Center <hlc@EUnet.yu>
HUMANITARIAN LAW CENTER COMMUNIQUE
NO VALID EVIDENCE AGAINST FLORA BROVINA
12 November 1999_______________________________________________________________________
Betreff: NYT: In Courtroom, Kosovo Doctor Denies Charge of Terrorism
Datum: Fri, 12 Nov 1999 11:45:14 -0500
Thursday, November 11, 1999 Published at 14:43
Prominent Kosovo Albanian's trial postponed_______________________________________________________________________
Thursday, November 11 11:51 PM SGT
Kosovo human rights activist is tried in Serbia
[balkanhr] AI: FRY: Dr Flora Brovina faces unfair trial
Datum: Thu, 11 Nov 1999 09:27:44 +0200
Von: Greek Helsinki Monitor <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Amnesty International, International Secretariat, 1 Easton Street, WC1X 8DJ, London, United Kingdom
USG: Upcoming Trial in Serbia
Datum: Wed, 10 Nov 1999 17:52:30 -0500
U.S. Department of State
Serb Trial Of Ethnic Albanian Human Rights Activist To Open
BELGRADE, Nov 10, 1999 -- (Agence France Presse) The trial of Flora Brovina, a well-known ethnic Albanian human rights activist, is set to start in the southern Serbian town of Nis, defense lawyer Husnia Bitiqi told journalists.
Brovina, a doctor, poet and founder of an organization grouping Albanian women in Pristina, is accused of acts "associated with hostile activities" aimed at "jeopardizing the territorial integrity" of the country.
She is also accused of providing food and help to KLA members, who are considered terrorists by Belgrade. In September, the KLA was officially transformed into a civilian protection corps under the auspices of the United Nations.
Brovina was arrested at her home in Pristina, on April 20, during the NATO bombing campaign on Yugoslavia.
She has been held in prison in Pozarevac, despite suffering from heart problems, her husband Ajri Begu told the Belgrade daily Danas in September. Officials of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have visited her.
The trial of six ethnic Albanian students, arrested in May and also accused of terrorism, starts on November 22 in Belgrade, Albanian sources said. On October 26, a court in Belgrade released four students accused of the same charges.
Serbian Justice Minister Dragoljub Jankovic said recently that some 2,050 Kosovar prisoners, mainly ethnic Albanians, are detained in Serbia, many of them accused of being members of the KLA.
The ICRC has secured the release of 220 prisoners from Kosovo held in Serbian jails since the withdrawal of Belgrade troops from the Albanian-majority province in mid-June.
((c) 1999 Agence France Presse)
POLITICAL TRIAL IN SERBIA______________________________________________________________________
International Community Called to Monitor
(New York, November 8, 1999) -- The upcoming trial of a prominent political prisoner from Kosovo should be monitored by diplomats and members of the media, Human Rights Watch said today. The trial will begin on November 11 in the Serbian city of Nis.
Dr. Flora Brovina, 50, was arrested by Serbian police in civilian clothes in front of her Pristina apartment on April 20, 1999, during the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. She is charged with committing terrorist acts against the Yugoslav State, according to Article 136 of the Yugoslav criminal code.
The courts in Serbia are often controlled by the government. Defendants, especially Kosovar Albanians in political cases, are often denied due process. Human Rights Watch is deeply concerned that Dr. Brovina will not be granted a fair trial.
A pediatrician and poet, Dr. Brovina was the founder and head of the League of Albanian Women. She is charged with providing food, clothing, and medical supplies to the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), as well as planning terrorist acts. During the war, her clinic provided medical services to women and children still in Pristina.
Dr. Brovina was originally held in Kosovo's Lipljan prison, where other prisoners have told Human Rights Watch about regular beatings and maltreatment by prison guards, including a cordon of baton-wielding police that met all new detainees. On June 10, two days before the entry of NATO into Kosovo, she and hundreds of other prisoners were transferred to prisons inside Serbia.
Dr. Brovina is being held in Pozarevac prison, where she has been visited by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), her lawyers, and her husband. However, her husband has not been able to meet with her alone and has had to speak Serbian, which can be monitored, rather than their native Albanian. Conditions in Pozarevac prison are better than in Kosovo, but Dr. Brovina has had difficulty obtaining medicine for her weak heart, her husband, Ajri Begu, told Human Rights Watch.
Dr. Brovina's trial will be held in the Nis municipal court on November 11. Human Rights Watch called on diplomats in Yugoslavia and representatives of the international community, as well as journalists, to monitor the trial. "It was a great mistake that the fate of Kosovar Albanian prisoners was not a part of the agreement between NATO and Yugoslavia that ended the war," said Holly Cartner, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch's Europe and Central Asia Division. "Now, at least, the international community should monitor the trials to make sure that they meet international standards."
The Yugoslav government has acknowledged that approximately 1,900 Kosovar Albanians are being held in thirteen different detention facilities in Serbia. All of them have been visited at least once by the ICRC. But some known detainees do not appear on the government's list, such as Albin Kurti, the well-known student activist and former KLA political representative, who is currently in Pozarevac prison. Kosovo-based human rights groups claim that more than 5,000 Kosovar Albanians are currently missing, in addition to those in detention. It is not known whether these additional 5,000 people are in detention or dead.
Photographs of Flora Brovina and Albin Kurti are available on the Human Rights Watch website at: http://www.hrw.org/campaigns/kosovo98/
For further information contact:
Fred Abrahams (+32-75) 528-890
Alexandra Perina (+1-212) 216-1845
From: Sudee Marsh-Jacquot [SMTP:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, November 04, 1999 7:01 PM
Subject: Pediatrican Human Rights Activist FLORA BROVINA's upcoming trial
Flora Brovina's husband, Ajri Begu, has asked me to notify you on his behalf. He has given me your name as someone who has interviewed him regarding the imprisonment of his human right activist wife who remains in prison in Serbia.
Mr. Begu was notified by Flora's Belgrade lawyer that her hearing/trial will be on November 11, in Nis, Serbia. Recently, five political prisoners from Kosova that were arrested at the same time as Flora, received a combined sentence of 60 years to be served in Serbian prisons. Mr. Begu is terrified that his wife will receive a similar sentence. He asks that you notify all your contacts in the media about her trial date and if possible, he requests that you or a journalist from your newspaper attend the hearing.
Thank you for your continuing concern about the fate of Flora Brovina.
Sudee Marsh Jacquot
Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children
Tel # 381-63-793-096
TRIAL OF FLORA BROVINA SET FOR NOV 11 IN NISH____________________________________________________________________
Dr. Flora Brovina is a highly respected pediatrician and human rights activist. She worked closely with Sevdie Ahmeti and Dr. Vjosa Dobruna of the Center for Protection of Women and Children in Prishtine. She also ran her own children's program next door to the Grand Hotel in downtown Prishtine. During the war, she ran a clinic for displaced women and provided obstetrical care for pregnant women. Sevdie Ahmeti, who recently won the 1999 Human Rights award, was forced to go into hiding and to continue her work with women and families under cover. She was included on a Serb "hit list," but managed to survive.
On April 21, 1999, during the NATO bombing campaign, Dr. Brovina was arrested in her home in Prishtine by eight policeman. A few days later, she was taken to Lipjan Prison, a few miles south of Prishtine. She was detained there until June 10th, when along with at least 5,000 other prisoners, she was taken to a prison in Serbia. Since June, she has been in Pozharevac Penitentiary. She is in weakened condition, currently suffering from angina and the effects of a poor diet. Her family is deeply concerned about how she will survive through the winter in the unheated cells and with the extremely poor nutrition common to Serb prisons.
Even while she was in Lipjan, Dr. Brovina was allowed limited contact with her husband and lawyer. Her husband managed to maintain this weekly schedule of visits when she was transfered to Serbia. But attempts for her sons to obtain a visa to visit, for example for one of the boy's birthdays, were repeatedly denied.
Flora Brovina is a published poet. In the penitentiary, she was allowed paper and pen to write poetry. But she was not allowed to send her poems out of the prison. And when she won a poetry award from a Swedish organization in September, she was not allowed to receive it. Nobel prize winner Derek Wolcott and the International PEN Association petitioned for her release, to no avail.
During the past week, her visits with outsiders were more strictly supervised. She was only allowed to speak in Serbian and was forced to remain about ten feet away from her husband. No one knows what will happen on November 11th. She is accused of violating the law that says she committed acts of terrorism and attempted to disrupt the sovereignty of the state of Yugoslavia. Typically, sentences for this alleged crime carry a three to five year sentence. However, five other Albanian prisoners recently were tried, convicted, and sentenced to a combined term of sixty years. No one knows what sort of precedent their trials will set. Her husband and other human rights workers fear that she may receive up to a twelve year term as well.
According to the Amnesty International report, "A Broken Circle," the five thousand Albanian prisoners, who were taken into Serbia after the Kumanovo agreement was signed, fall under the category of disappearrances. A disappearance means that the individuals were seized by state agents and held against their will. The agents withheld information on their condition and whereabouts and restricted their access to their lawyers and families. According to a 1992 UN resolution, disappearrances constitute the ultimate and gravest violation of human rights and are not legal, even during armed conflict. Disappearances--because of the uncertainty of the health and well-being of the prisoner--also cause family members acute anguish as they agonize helplessly over the survival of their loved one.
The Kosova Action Network in conjunction with the Association for Political Prisoners in Prishtine has opened a web site, which serves as a clearinghouse for information on all the Albanian prisoners, what actions are being taken, rallies dates and locations, personal biographies, tee shirt sales, etc. At the moment the address for the site is www.khao.org/appkosova.htm. On the site, there is also a petition that was begun in Kosova on September 26th at the hunger strike of the prisoners' family members. In twenty four hours, the petition gathered 18,000 signatures. It now has over 100,000 names from all over Kosova.
On November 23rd,. this petition demanding their lawful release will be presented to the Finnish Presidency of the European Parliament in Brussels. This will initiate an investigation into the detention of the prisoners, organized by Rep. Ernst Guelcher of the German Green Party and the EP Human Rights Committee. At the moment, Kosova Action is receiving petitions from as far away as Wales and Malaysia, urging the unconditional release of these prisoners. In Germany, the petition has been signed by both the President of the German Parliament and the Chairman of the German Parliament's Human Rights Committee.
The Kosova Humanitarian Organization is collecting the American petitions and is organizing a series of rallies world-wide. For further information on how to support the prisoners, contact: Naida Dukaj.at firstname.lastname@example.org.
YOU CAN HELP FREE THE FIVE THOUSAND!
Sign the petition. Join a rally. Or send much needed funds for legal aid.
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Money is urgently needed to help the families of prisoners pay legal fees for upcoming trials in Serbia. Most families in Kosova are living on a limited, fixed income, if they have any income at all. Not everyone has family members living abroad. In addition, Kosova Action Network hopes to organize a core group of foreign lawyers to supervise cases and assist Albanian lawyers in partnerships. Foreign lawyers must be made aware of what is happening to these people. According to Amnesty International's October, 199 report, their human rights have been gravely violated.
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Another name on the Serbs' list was that of pediatrician and human rights' activist Flora Brovina. Like Kurti, Brovina was arrested on April 21, 1999, by Serbian specialpolice who, her neighbours say, were waiting outside Brovina's Pristina home whenshe came back from her parents' house. A friend says that Brovina spent the warrunning an emergency medical centre for displaced people and women in labour. Brovina is now believed to be held in a prison in Pozarevac, Serbia. Her son Nick Brovina says she has become partially paralyzed as a result of her treatment.
Brovina and Kurti are two of more than thousands of Kosovars held as political prisoners in Serbia, according to Mary Robinson of UN Commission on Human Rights.
Another 5,000 Kosovars are
still missing after the conflict, including 800 from the south-western
Kosovo town of Djakovica (Gjakova) alone. Many of their families suspect
they are being held in Serbian jails.
FOR THE RELEASE OF DR. FLORA BROVINA
Dr. Flora Brovina, a ethnic Albanian pediatrician and human rights activist from Kosova, has been in prison since the last week of April, 1999. She has two sons. She was at first in prison in Lipjan and was later transfered to Pozharevac prison near Belgrade in Serbia. She has been detained just over six months, during which time, she has suffered mistreatment from the guards and police.
During the repression and the war, Dr. Brovina ran an obstetrics clinic for women unable to obtain medical care. She was an associate of Dr. Vjosa Dobruna and Sevdie Ahmeti of the Center for the Protection of Women and Children in Prishtine. Dr. Brovina is also a poet and has published several books of poetry. She received a poetry award from Sweden in September, 1999.
Human rights organizations throughout Europe and the U.S. have protested both her imprisonment and her transfer to a prison inside Serbia, following the Kumanovo peace agreement, where she and at least 5,000 other Albanian prisoners were taken.
We urge you to contact Amnesty International and the International Committee for the Red Cross as well as the media to ensure that she has a fair, public trial--the outcome of which is far from certain. Public efforts and your support are critical at this point.
FYI, Amnesty issued the following yesterday [5 November 1999]
Further information on MEDICAL
LETTER WRITING ACTION MA
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia/ Province of Kosovo: Dr Flora Brovina
'DISAPPEARANCE' / REPORTED DETENTION / PHYSICIAN
Since it was confirmed in June
1999 that Dr Flora Brovina was being detained in Pozarevac prison in eastern
Serbia, Amnesty International has had confirmation that her family and
lawyer have been able to make regular visits to her. However, there is
continuing concern about her health and the nature of the judicial process.
The most recent news is that she will be brought to trial next week.
Dr Flora Brovina, a 48-year-old
ethnic Albanian paediatrician from Kosovo province, 'disappeared' on the
afternoon of 20 April 1999 - initially reported as 22 April 1999 - after
reportedly having been forcefully abducted from her home by a group of
about eight men.
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