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15th April 2016: Following the Human Rights Advisory Panel examination, the Office of the High Commisioner for Human Rights issues a Press Release - Read it here

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=19822&LangID=E


6th April 2016:  The UN's own Human Rights Advisory Panel (HRAP) in Kosovo produces an 82 page examination of the claims of numerous lead-poisoned families in Kosovo. The report criticises the UN Mission in Kosovo UNMIK on numerous counts of the abuse of the human rights of Kosovo Roma, and calls upon them to make a public apology and pay compensation.


Download the HRAP ruling HERE


DOWNLOAD Lawyer Dianne Post's PRESS RELEASE HERE


6th April 2016:  The UN's own Human Rights Advisory Panel (HRAP) in Kosovo produces an 82 page examination of the claims of numerous lead-poisoned families in Kosovo. The report criticises the UN Mission in Kosovo UNMIK on numerous counts of the abuse of the human rights of Kosovo Roma, and calls upon them to make a public apology and pay compensation.


Download the HRAP ruling HERE


19th Nov:

1) Lawyers Leigh Day & Co, acting on behalf of many lead-poisoned Roma families, have challenged the UN's rejection of their claim after receiving expert advice from Geoffrey Robertson QC, founder and the joint head of Doughty Street Chambers. Geoffrey Robertson QC is a 'distinguished jurist' member of the United Nations Justice Council. Download latest letter to UN HERE


7th Aug: After ignoring the claim for compensation on behalf of some families for 5 yrs and 5 months, the UN has finally issued a rejection letter. Lawyer Dianne Post issues Press Release.  DOWNLOAD REJECTION LETTER HERE

DOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE HERE


KRRF was informed last week that the lead levels in 12 children has risen since their resettlement at Mahalla. It is investigating. This is a worrying development that could undermine the EC and USAID-funded resettlement being implemented by Mercy Corps.


25th Apr: Lord Avebury, Vice-Chair of the UK Parliamentary All-Party Group on Human Rights, and Secretary of the All-Party Group on Gypsies, Roma and Travellers has written to the European Union's External Action Service in which he raising questions about allocation of funding. Download Letter HERE




16th Mar: Meeting was held in London to report on progress of resettlement and medical treatment. MPs, human rights organisations, US and EU embassy officials, religious leaders, paediatricians and toxicology experts invited. Read Paul Polansky's speech HERE


"Monitoring PROJECT NEEDS SUPPORT" - CLICK HERE


21st Dec: Mercy Corps confirms Cesmin Lug site now fenced off by UNHCR. The next phase of resettlement imminent. 38 Osterode families will start moving to new dwellings in Mahalla on 22nd Dec. 39 families will still remain at Osterode, where scientists found lead levels in places 10x higher than Cesmin Lug. WHO latest treatment protocol available HERE


12th Dec: Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights sends letter to German government regarding forced repatriations and the LEAD-contaminated camps

DOWNLOAD HERE


17th Oct: KRRF MONITORING PROJECT. Launched. First "On the spot" report discovers no testing, no treatment, & children being allowed to dig in toxic waste left after UNHCR claim to have destroyed Cesmin Lug but failed to seal the site. MONITORING PROJECT HERE


8th Oct: The UN, which placed 500 families on toxic land and abandoned them for eleven years has attempted to claim credit as Cesmin Lug is destroyed for ever. Most families have moved to Roma Mahalla or Osterode. But Fluvio team found Osterode contamination levels 10 x greater than Cesmin Lug! Ergin Salihi now back from hospital his family have been placed in Roma Mahalla as a priority. UN chief in Kosovo, Lamberto Zannier, after stalling for ten months, finally agrees to meet the lawyers representing the abused families, but fails to provide a date.


4th Oct: Amnesty criticise forced returns of Roma to Kosovo mentioning German families in toxic camps and cumulative discrimination amounting to persecution. Download Amnesty Report HERE


26th Sept: Mercy Corps announce 44 families moved to Roma Mahalla but 90 families remaining in highly toxic conditions. Ergin Salihi rushed yet again to Belgrade hospital. KRRF to monitor lead treatment of all victims as per World Health Organisation protocol, amid fears of mission creep delaying treatment. No former RM residents will be treated . Download WHO Protocol HERE


22nd July: International petition launched calling for families to be taken to safety and for treatment into Camp Bondsteel. HELP SAVE CHILDREN TODAY Sign petition HERE.


7th July: KMEG expresses solidarity with "Alle Bleiben" the German campaign against forced deportations. Download Information HERE  and visit www.alle-bleiben.info/


8th June: At the inauguration of Roma Holocaust Exhibition hosted by the German embassy in London, ambasador is challenged by Paul Polansky over forced deportations of Roma to Kosovo. Download Poem of Protest. View film HERE


5th April: Russia Today transmits film featuring the Roma IDP camps, as the death toll rises to 85. Meanwhile, EU countires continue to deport Roma to Kosovo. View film HERE


10th March:  "LEAD MOUNTAIN REFUGEES" points finger of responsibility for Kosovo's death camps at Bernard Kouchner. VIEW FILM HERE


11th March: Scientists from Aberystwyth University published findings on Mitrovica lead pollution, concluding that UNHCR's camps should be closed as matter of urgency. Additional tests at Roma Mahalla identify it as one possible relocation site. Download FLUVIO Report HERE.


15th February: Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg reports on his visit to toxic camps and forced returns to Kosovo. Download CoE Press Release HERE


Special Appeal for Ergin Salihi and children like him CLICK HERE


3rd February: In a statement released today, the United Kingdom Association of Gypsy Women (UKAGW) has called for immediate evacuation and proper medical treatment. Download their statement HERE


29th January: After repeated requests and intervention by the office of Catherine Ashton, Vice President of the European Commission, EULEX Chief prosecutor agrees to meet KMEG representatives on 4th Feb to discuss the investigation of serious crimes against Roma families in the camps.


21st January: After repeated stalling by UNMIK, Leigh Day & Co are forced to write again to Lamberto Zannier, SRSG. FOLLOW THE LEGAL CLAIM HERE


21st December: Human Rights Commissioner of the Council of Europe, Thomas Hammarberg, calls on Angela Merkel, German Chancellor, to cease all forced repatriations of Roma families to Kosovo while toxic camps remain occupied. Download his letter HERE


15th December: THE SUN, the UK's top circulation paper with 10 million readers, exposes the scandal of the UN's poison camps for Gypsies in Kosovo. ONLINE STORY HERE or download printed version including excellent interview with one of the families HERE


10th October: Leigh Day, the international human rights law firm that successfully won 30 million in compensation in the largest ever group compensation case involving toxic waste, has now lodged a claim at the United Nations for its ongoing abuse of Roma at toxic camps. Follow this action on the "LEGAL CLAIM"  page.


July 4th 2009: Thomas Hammarberg, Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner, condemns camps and forced repatriations of Roma to Kosovo. DOWNLOAD REPORT HERE


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28th Sept 2016:  European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC)launch petition calling on the UN to pay compensation to victims of lead poisoning.

SIGN PETITION HERE


14th July 2016: The Ultimate Shame of the United Nations. In its final report, the United Nations own Human Rights Advisory Panel in Kosovo (HRAP)declares the whole human rights process in Kosovo to have been a total sham, resulting in the abuse of individuals and groups by the UN mission TWICE, once by the initial abuse and secondly in raising the hopes of victims that there was the possibility of redress.


DOWNLOAD THE REPORT HERE

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