Kosovo Wartime Rape Survivor Demands Justice for Victims

4/16/2019

Vasfije Krasniqi Goodman made an emotional appeal for justice in the courtyard of an abandoned house where she was raped by Serbian policemen when she was 16 years old in 1999. “In this place, my childhood dreams vanished,” said Krasniqi Goodman, who last year became the first woman in Kosovo to speak out publicly about being raped during the war, even though the subject remains taboo in the country.

She said she had appealed to the UN mission, UNMIL, and the EU’s rule of law mission in Kosovo, EULEX, to help her achieve justice, but with no success. In 2014, Kosovo’s Supreme Court acquitted two former Serb policemen who were initially indicted for raping her.

Krasniqi Goodman says she is speaking out on behalf of all the women who were raped by Serbian fighters during the Kosovo war. “Our souls will not be comforted until we find justice,” she said. Feride Rushiti, director of the Kosova Rehabilitation Centre for Torture Victims, described Krasniqi Goodman as a “courageous ambassador” for her country.

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