Human Rights Review Panel - 31st Session

Press Release
Number              03-2016
Date                   27.10.2016
Contact              John Ryan

The Human Rights Review Panel (Panel) held its 31st session from 17 October to 19 October 2016. The Panel issued three (3) decisions on merits and one (1) follow-up decision on the implementation of its recommendations by the Head of Mission.

The Panel found that there had been violations of Articles, 2, 3, 8 and 13 of the European Convention on Human Rights, (ECHR) in Case nos: 2014-11 to 2014 -17, D.W., E.V., F.U., G.T., Zlata Veselinovic, H.S. and I.R., respectively, Against EULEX.

The Panel also found that there had been violations of Articles 2, 3 and 13 as well as Article 2 in conjunction with Article 13 of the ECHR in Case no. 2014-34, Rejhane Sadiku-Syla Against EULEX.

The Panel further found that there had been a violation of Article 8 of the ECHR in Case no. 2014-37, Y.B. Against EULEX and it also declared that the Head of Mission had not implemented its recommendation in Case no. 2014-32, L.O. Against EULEX.

All decisions will be published on the Panel's website in the English, Albanian and Serbian languages.

There are currently fifty eight (58) complaints pending before the Panel. Fif-teen (15) of those complaints have been communicated and fifteen (15) of the complaints are under review.

The Panel also held introductory meetings with Ms Alexandra Papadopolou, the new Head of Mission EULEX Kosovo and also with Ms Natalya Apostolova, the new European Union Special Representatives in Kosovo on Monday 17 Oc-tober, 2016.

The next session of the Panel is scheduled to take place from 09 to 11 January 2017.

For further information on the Panel, please visit

 Notes to the editor;
The Human Rights Review Panel (Panel) for EULEX Kosovo, as an independent accountability mechanism for alleged violations of human rights, reviews complaints from any person claiming to be the victim of human rights violations by EULEX Kosovo in the conduct of its executive mandate. The Panel is not a judicial or disciplinary body. The mechanism will solely look into whether a violation of human rights occurred or not and formulate recommendations for remedial action. Such action does no include monetary compensation. The Panel is independent in the exercise of its functions which it performs with impartiality and integrity.