8 July 2016: To mark the 17th Anniversary of the Bytyqi murders, please read this Open Letter to European Union and United States leaders on the failures of Serbia’s war crimes processes and in the Bytyqi case. The letter is signed by nearly forty experts with considerable experience in government, academia, and within the NGO community on the Balkans.
On March 3rd at 4:0opm at 1539 Longworth HOB, the U.S. Congress’ Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission will host a screening of The Unidentified and a panel featuring the Fatose Bytyqi and the Bytyqi case.
The Unidentified is a documentary film by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) that explores some of the most brutal and unresolved war crimes of the Kosovo war. Based on two years’ of research, the film focuses on attacks on villages around the town of Pec, and identifies commanders and officers alleged to have given the orders and to have removed the victims’ bodies to mass graves in Serbia. Among those named is a prime suspect in the post-war executions of three American citizens and brothers — the Bytyqi Brothers—a crime that is the subject of a pending concurrent resolution in the House of Representatives (H. Con. Res 51). No person has ever been found guilty of these cover up operations or the Bytyqi case and no commander has been found guilty of ordering the underlying crimes.
We hope to see you at the event on March 3rd.
Also special thanks to Tanya Domi, for hosting a screening and panel on The Unidentified and Bytyqi case on February 22, 2016 at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute.
Read our press release and General Allegation (i.e., complaint) to the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (“WGEID”) and the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of nonrecurrence.
Destination Justice, an independent not for profit law, governance and development firm, took the lead on drafting the complaint.
Click here to read our press release issued on the occasion of the 15th Anniversary of the Bytyqi war-crime murders. An event hosted by Congressman Tim Bishop was held on July 7, 2014 in Southampton, NY. A subsequent press release was issued recapping the week.
Statements issued in conjunction with the anniversary can be found below, which will be updated as statements come in (last updated July 17, 2014):
Fatose Bytyqi (for the Bytyqi family)
Ambassador Robert L. Barry (retired)
Senator Ben Cardin (Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe – the U.S. “Helsinki Commission”)
Read the July 5, 2014 article by Tom Brune in Newsday recapping Fatose Bytyqi and his family’s fifteen-year struggle to achieve justice in the case.