Kosovo: Demand for Justice Campaigns against Corruption
On December 9, 2016, NCSC mobilized civil society partners to organize a campaign calling attention to access to justice and public accountability challenges in Kosovo on the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day. NCSC partnered with the Kosovo Bar Association to organize the annual central Bench-Bar meeting, a problem-solving forum for judges, prosecutors, lawyers, and police to discuss and address common challenges to the effective operation of the justice system. For the first time since the Bench-Bar meetings started in 2012, the forum was opened to participation by civil society organizations known for their critique of the justice system—Levizja FOL, the Kosovo Democratic Institute, and the Kosovo Legal Institute. At the same time, on Mother Theresa Square, NCSC's partners the Youth Initiative for Human Rights, Community Building Mitrovica, and NGO Aktiv staged a Street Action showcasing the justice sector’s failure to hold Kosovo’s public servants accountable for the corruption plaguing Kosovo. The “Big Fish” Street Action aimed to awaken citizens to the alarming situation by adorning the Square with an open, empty jail cell surrounded by Kosovo’s “Big Fish” mimicking corrupt politicians. The campaign was the first initiative organized through the Demand for Justice Program to unite civil society voices in addressing gaps in access to justice and public accountability in Kosovo.
The Demand for Justice Program is implemented by NCSC under a grant agreement from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. For more information on NCSC in Kosovo, see www.justice-ks.org.