International Human Rights Day is an opportunity to recommit ourselves to the right of all Kosovo citizens to live peaceful and secure lives free from persecution.
As part of this Day, the Embassies of the United Kingdom and the United States, in a joint statement highlighted the issue of violence against women, which touches Kosovo, just as it does every other nation. And one of the most difficult subjects that Kosovo must confront here is wartime sexual assault.
“Organizations like the Kosovo Rehabilitation Center for Torture Victims are calling attention to this pressing issue on a daily basis. Together with other partners, they provide essential counseling, support, and strength to these innocent victims. The Embassies of the United Kingdom and the United States are proud supporters of their work.
“Today, Ambassador Cliff and U.S. Embassy Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Jennifer Bachus met five survivors of wartime sexual assault to hear about the challenges that they still face. The bravery exhibited by the survivors coming forward in this way serves as a model to help others take their first steps towards healing. The Embassies of the United Kingdom and the United States will continue to support work on this topic, so that others can step forward and seek help. We also reiterate that gender-based violence is a challenge to society as a whole and to the human rights and security of all citizens,” Embassies of the United Kingdom and the United States say in a joint statement on the International Human rights Day.