European Union Approaches to Human Rights Violations in Kosovo before and after Independence

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Radeljic, B. 2016. European Union Approaches to Human Rights Violations in Kosovo before and after Independence. Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe. 24 (2), pp. 131-148.
AuthorsRadeljic, B.
Abstract

This article examines European Union (EU) approaches to the question of human rights violations in Kosovo before and after its proclamation of independence, in February 2008. While the 1999 NATO-led humanitarian intervention in the region was often justified as necessary due to the continuous abuses of human rights, perpetrated by the Serbian forces against the ethic Kosovo Albanians, the post-interventionist period has witnessed a dramatic reversal of roles, with the rights of the remaining Serbian minority being regularly abused by the dominant Albanian population. However, in contrast to the former scenario, the Brussels administration has remained quite salient about the post-independence context – a grey zone of unviable political and social components, capable of generating new confrontations and human rights abuses within the borders of Kosovo. Aware of this dynamic and the existing EU official rhetoric, it is possible to conclude that the embedded human rights concerns in Kosovo are not likely to disappear, but even more importantly, their relevance has been significantly eroded.

KeywordsKosovo; Serbia; human rights; Kosovo independence; European Union
JournalDebatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe
Journal citation24 (2), pp. 131-148
ISSN0965-156X
1469-3712
Year2016
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/0965156X.2016.1219162
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1080/0965156X.2016.1219162
Publication dates
Print03 Sep 2016
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Deposited25 Oct 2016
Copyright information© 2016 Taylor & Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe on 03/09/2016, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/0965156X.2016.1219162
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