“The U.S. Department of State says that the most significant human rights issues in Kosovo during 2017 included assaults on journalists; violence against displaced persons; endemic government corruption; lack of judicial independence, including failures of due process and selective implementation of decisions; and violence against members of ethnic minorities and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) community.

The annual U.S Department of State Kosovo report on human rights practices for 2017 emphasizes that the government took steps to prosecute and punish officials who committed abuses in the security services or elsewhere in the government. Many in the opposition, civil society, and the media believed that senior officials engaged in corruption with impunity.” (Gazeta Express)

“An additional package of assistance for Serbs was approved yesterday at the Serbian Government session. It includes housing and development of agriculture, this is what the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Head, Marko Djuric conveyed in Bosniac Mahala in North Mitrovica in front of a newly-constructed apartment building. Instead of an independent declaration of the creation of the CSM, the likelihood of which was clearly announced three weeks ago, the Srpska List today stood next to the Serbian Government officials and listened to the announcement of concrete assistance for “existence and survival”. A big business forum is to be held in mid-May in North Mitrovica, where the most important Serbia-based businesses are to “bring jobs” along with state financial assistance, to ease the everyday lives of Serbian people, as Djuric explained.” (KosSev)

“Kosovo is expected to add a Special Court, this time for addressing corruption cases.

That is the commitment of Minister of Justice, Abelard Tahiri, who said it will be established during his mandate, KTV reports.

This, according to him, will be done through the review of the justice sector.

The European Commission’s report on Kosovo has highlighted the high level of corruption.” (translated from Koha Dritore)