“It is a true story of a road traveled from being a refugee to becoming an ambassador to the United States. Now among the growing cadre of women ambassadors here in Washington is Kosovo’s Vlora Ҫitaku, the ex-refugee.Co-sponsored by The City Club of Washington’s Ambassador’s Luncheon series, the CARE Global Leaders Networkand Sister Cities International, Ambassador Ҫitaku said she fights for all human rights but places a special importance on women’s rights. Ҫitaku, 37, likes to say that she is living proof that to be involved in politics, one does not have to be a man. She was only a teenager when she became an interpreter and reporter for Western news outlets at the start of the Kosovo War. Then in the late 1990s, as the war escalated, she became homeless and in those difficult times was aided by CARE, an international charitable organization.” (The Georgetown Dish)


“Is the Kosovo war crimes tribunal dead before it even begins? Parliamentarians close to the country’s President and Prime Minister are trying to sabotage it. Meanwhile Switzerland has granted it funding support. In January 2018, Switzerland granted funding of CHF200,000 ($214,750) to the tribunalexternal link charged with shedding light on war crimes committed in Kosovo between 1998 and 2000, particularly the disappearance of 500 mainly Serb civilians in the context of conflict between separatists and Serb forces plus a NATO military intervention. But numerous parliamentarians from the party in power in Pristina remain determined to put an end to this new tribunal which could threaten key people in power who were commanders of the former rebel movement UCK. So, Switzerland’s support is more important for the political message it sends than the amount of the funding. Ekaterina Trendafilova, president of the tribunal, understood this when she saidexternal link the money will help ;to disseminate knowledge and information to the general public about the mandate and work of the Specialist Chambers.'”(Swiss Info)