European Union approaches to human rights violations in Kosovo before and after independence

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This article examines European Union (EU) approaches to the question of human rights violations in Kosovo before and after its proclamation of independence, in February 2008. While the 1999 NATO-led humanitarian intervention in the region was often justified as necessary due to the continuous abuses of human rights, perpetrated by the Serbian forces against the ethnic Kosovo Albanians, the post-interventionist period has witnessed a dramatic reversal of roles, with the rights of the remaining Serbian minority being regularly abused by the dominant Albanian population. However, in contrast to the former scenario, the Brussels administration has remained quite silent about the post-independence context – a grey zone of unviable political and social components, capable of generating new confrontations and human rights abuses within the borders of Kosovo. Aware of this dynamic and the existing EU official rhetoric, it is possible to conclude not only that the embedded human rights concerns in Kosovo are unlikely to disappear, but even more importantly, that recognition of their relevance has been significantly eroded.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-148
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • European Union
  • human rights
  • Kosovo
  • Kosovo independence
  • Serbia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)


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