The President: The state of Kosovo is built on the values of human rights

Pristina, December 08 – The President of the Republic of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi, participated today at the conference “Human rights and the integration of marginalized groups in Kosovo”, funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the Advocacy Training and Resource Center (ATRC).

In his speech, President Thaçi said that the observance of the human rights and the integration of marginalized groups is a challenge, not only for our country, but also for the more developed countries.

He added that from the beginning of the construction of our country, the legislation of the Republic of Kosovo is drafted in that manner to promote, protect and guarantee human rights.

“The Constitution of Kosovo, as the highest legal act of the country guarantees the fundamental rights and freedoms envisaged in the constitution”, said Thaçi.

According to him, an important step in this field, the Republic of Kosovo has also made with the adoption of the law for protection from discrimination, the law on gender equality and the law on the Ombudsman, which entered into force from June 2015.

“The Republic of Kosovo has institutional mechanisms for the protection, promotion and the guaranteeing of human rights. Good work is being done by these institutional mechanisms”, said Thaçi, adding that it is now necessary to strengthen them, in order to guarantee the rights and freedoms for all citizens.

In front of many representatives of local and international organizations dealing with human rights, President Thaçi stressed that the importance of fundamental human rights and freedoms is crucial to ensure the democracy and the rule of law in Kosovo.

He said that there will be no real democracy and rule of law if the citizens are not afforded the observance, protection and enforcement of their rights. 

“The Kosovar society is going through several transitions - through the economic, social and cultural transition. Discrimination, repression and war have prevented these transitions. Now it is time to continue those and move on”, added the President.

President Thaçi also spoke about the integration of marginalized groups and observance of human rights.

According to him, all the institutions should work together, like the civil society, the media, independent activists and the whole society, for Kosovo to be home to all, regardless of their affiliation or their designation.

“The state of Kosovo is built on the values of inclusiveness, equality and freedom of each individual in order to fulfill themselves and seek his/her happiness without violating the right to be part of the Kosovo society”, he added.

In the end, President Thaçi said that one of the main mechanisms for the realization of the aspiration of Kosovo to be a state of all its citizens, an inclusive society, are forums like today's forum.