The search for missing persons from the 1999 war in Kosovo is one of the most pressing issues facing the country. Although progress has been made recently with the exhumation of another mass grave located in Serbia, the search for more than 1,600 missing persons is still ongoing.
Through the years civil society and the media have continuously raised awareness about the issue and pressured institutions to be more proactive. One ongoing demand is that organizations in Kosovo and Serbia have been making calls for both countries to open military archives from the war period to help the search, but to no avail as of yet.
In the last two years, as part of the EU-funded project “Mobilizing media and CSOs to support the right to information regarding missing persons in Kosovo,” K2.0 has been collaborating with the Humanitarian Law Center Kosovo to enhance access to information on the issue of missing persons by putting families of the missing at the heart of the discussion. So far we have produced an array of written articles, videos and podcasts, as well as organized a major art exhibition and two public talks to help encourage informed discussion on the most sensitive of topics.
On April 27, the National Day of Missing Persons, the project will be publishing a comprehensive report which analyses the process of shedding light on the fate of missing persons from 1999 to today and provides concrete recommendations for local and international institutions.
On May 10, after the report has been published, we will be hosting award-winning Mexican journalist Marcela Turati in Prishtina as part of our signature Volume Up events.
Turati will hold a public talk and masterclass in which she will share investigative journalism techniques in the field of human rights violations, with an emphasis on her experience reporting on missing persons in Mexico. Turati was part of a team that created the first national map of clandestine mass graves and has been part of other investigations about forensics, massacres of immigrants, and one which revealed that there are at least 100,000 missing persons in Mexico. She will share her experiences in creating a journalist network that covers missing people and how they root out hidden information.
Join us on May 10 at Hub 2.0 for a unique learning experience.
The masterclass (from 14:30 to 17:00) is for registered participants. Please click here to register.
The subsequent talk (from 17:30 to 18:30) is an open public event. Feel free to drop by.
Translation to and from English/Albanian/Serbian provided in the event.
Feature image: Ferdi Limani / K2.0
This event is organized within the project “Mobilizing media and CSOs to support the right to information regarding missing persons in Kosovo.” The project is supported by the European Union Office in Kosovo and implemented by Kosovo 2.0 and Humanitarian Law Center Kosovo.
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