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Detained poet Flora Brovina speaks from prison

(WiPC/IFEX) - On Saturday 14 October 2000, Flora Brovina, the detained poet and Kosovo Albanian rights activist, issued a statement from prison in which she said she would refuse release while other Kosovo Albanians remained in Serb prisons.

According to press reports from Belgrade, Flora Brovina issued the statement following the court's decision to postpone her trial. In it she stated that she had been "the hostage of one man and one time" as had many of her compatriots who are also held in Serbian prisons. She declared that should the court rule that she should be released, she would refuse to comply, and would remain in prison for as long as there are other Albanians in Serb prisons. She said that in accordance with UN resolution 1244, all Albanian prisoners should be handed over the UN Interim Administration in Kosovo (UNMIK) in Kosovo, and urged the new government in Belgrade to do so immediately.

Recommended Action

Send appeals to the president:
- expressing the belief that Brovina is only being held because of her denunciation of abuses of human rights in Kosovo by Serb forces
- expressing the belief that her conviction on charges of terrorism has been fabricated as a means of penalising her for her non-violent activities towards Kosovo independence
- calling for her release

Appeals To

His Excellency Vojislav Kostunica
President of Yugoslavia
Savezna Skupstina
11000 Belgrade
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Fax: + 381 11 636 775
E-mail: [email protected]
(the Democratic Party of Serbia e-mail address. Address your e-mails to: For attention of President Kostunica)

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