The Bytyqi Family
The Bytyqi Brothers are survived by their parents, Ahmet and Bahrije; their brothers Ilir, Enver, and Fatose; and sister Bukurije. Since Ylli, Agron, and Mehmet’s disappearances and deaths in 1999, the family has been relentless in their pursuit of accountability in the case.
Fatose Bytyqi, a manager of a 7-Eleven in Riverhead, New York, has been especially persistent. Repeatedly traveling back and forth to Washington DC and Belgrade, Fatose has met face-to-face with high-ranking officials from the State Department, DOJ, FBI, and even Serbian President Boris Tadic and future Prime Minister Aleksander Vucic. He has also been fearless, publicly challenging the senior Serbian political figure suspected in the case and the “wall of silence” that protects him.
Read Newsday’s July 2014 feature on Fatose and his fifteen-year struggle for justice.
Ambassador Barry is retired from government service. During his government career, he was U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia and Bulgaria, head of the U.S. delegation to the Stockholm Conference on Disarmament in Europe, Deputy Director of the Voice of America, and the Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Eastern Europe. Following retirement from the U.S. government, he was the Head of Mission for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1998-2001. The Bytyqi Brothers case brings Ambassador Barry’s career to full circle, having had his first diplomatic posting in the former Yugoslavia fifty years ago.
Praveen Madhiraju is a human rights attorney working for two NGO’s in Washington, DC. He works on the Bytyqi Brothers case on his own time.
Tanya Domi is an Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and is an affiliate faculty member of the Harriman Institute. She is also a Consultant Advisor on the Balkans to Freedom House.
Destination Justice (DJ) is a globally-based not for profit law, governance, and development firm whose mission is to improve rule of law and human rights in a sustainable and holistic way. DJ’s commitment is to strengthening access to justice, providing quality education and training, undertaking public interest litigation, increasing access to information, and supporting social justice. DJ provides independent legal pro-bono advice for the Bytyqi family within the framework of its International Litigation Program.
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BytyqiBrothers.org and the aforementioned pro bono advisors are largely building off the extraordinary efforts of Natasa Kandic, Sandra Orlovic and the Humanitarian Law Center in Belgrade, who have fought for the Bytyqi family for fifteen years. Isejn Marku, an attorney in New York, has also been intimately involved in helping the Bytyqi family.
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