This report on human rights abuses in Kosovo provides a concise, accessible
background to the conflict. It was prepared by the Organization for Security
and Cooperation in Europe.
This special issue of the UN's High Commissioner for Refugees' (UNHCR)'s
"Refugees Magazine" is dedicated to the Kosovo crisis and includes an essay on
the roots of the conflict, articles on the returning Albanian refugees, maps,
photos, and more.
This is the official report the human rights findings of the OSCE Kosovo
Verification Mission, led by Ambassador Bill Walker between October 1998 to
June 1999. The extensive report details "a pattern of human rights and
humanitarian law violations on a staggering scale, often committed with extreme
and appalling violence." It includes a municipality-by-municipality accounting
of atrocities and other information.
This report was issued in December 1999 by the U.S. State Department. Based on
refugee accounts, NGO documentation, and unclassified government sources, it
describes war crimes committed by Serbian forces, including summary execution,
burning of homes, and forcible displacement of Kosovar Albanians. It also
includes an account of retributive violence carried out by Albanians against
Serbs in the aftermath of the war.
A chronology of the major war crimes from January 1998 to April 1999 documented
by Human Rights Watch, with links to detailed reports on each incident. The
majority are crimes attributed to Serbian and Yugoslav government forces, but
the list also includes abuses committed by the Kosovo Liberation Army.
This site offers official information from the United States European Command pertaining to Kosovo, archived as of Aug. 18, 2000. It contains an archive of press releases, briefings, and other public documents relating to the U.S. military presence in Kosovo, both in the air campaign and the humanitarian relief effort. The current, up-to-date site for EUCOM is available here.
The U.S. State Department has a section on the future of Kosovo after the NATO
war. It contains an archive of public statements by Secretary Albright,
President Clinton, and other officials, and the full text of many relevant
documents, including the indictment of Solobodan Milosevic, the Rambouillet
Agreement, and the Agreement on Russian Participation in KFOR.
The NATO site provides an overview of daily briefings and background
information made available during the air campaign (March 25 to June 10) as
well as up-to-date information on the UN-mandated international peacekeeping
force (Kosovo Force or KFOR). The site has an extensive collection of video
clips from the bombing campaign, as well as maps and aerial photos. Also
accessible are documents relating to the implementation of KFOR: relevant UN
Security Council Resolutions, the military technical agreement between KFOR and
Serbia, and the demilitarization of the KLA.
The UNMIK web site provides frequent reports on developments in Kosovo, photos,
press releases, and background on the UN mission.
The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), located
in The Hague, was established by the United Nations Security Council May 25,
1993. The ICTY is mandated to prosecute persons responsible for serious
violations of international humanitarian law committed on the territory of the
former Yugoslavia since 1991. These include grave breaches of the 1949 Geneva
Conventions, violations of the laws or customs of war, genocide, and crimes
against humanity. This site keeps the reader abreast of indictments, indictees,
detentions, convictions, acquittals, and the status of each.
The Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR)'s network of leading
correspondents provides inside analysis of events and issues in Kosovo, Serbia
and throughout the Balkan region. Reports are produced biweekly.
An archive of articles on the war in Kosovo published by Jane's Defense
Weekly and Jane's Intelligence Review from March to June 1999.
Photographs from the Kosovo refugee crisis by Chris Hondros, hosted online by
USAID Information Center.
English language version of Kosovar Albanian site which posts a daily summary
of news and events in Kosovo.