Support to the Office of the Ombudsperson in Gracanica, Kosovo: Zusatzvertrag
The Ombudsperson Institution in Kosovo (OIK) was established by UNMIK Regulation 2000/38 of 30 June 2000 on the Establishment of the Ombudsperson Institution in Kosovo and officially inaugurated in November 2000. Its aim is to enhance the protection of human rights in Kosovo and to assure transparency in Kosovo's administrations. The OIK is an independent institution that addresses disputes concerning alleged human rights violations or abuse of authority between individuals, groups of individuals or legal entities and the Interim Civil Administration. This mandate also covers the emerging central and local institutions of Kosovo.
Due to the growing importance of Gracanica/Gracanicë for the Serbian community in Kosovo, in particular after the violent events in March 2004, it is no longer enough for Ombudsperson Institution representatives to visit Gracanica/Gracanicë once a week. As the freedom of movement of Serbs (and other minorities, e.g. Roma) in Kosovo continues to be severely limited, the only way to provide Serbs in central Kosovo with adequate access to the OIK is to establish a new field office in Gracanica/Gracanicë where one lawyer and one legal assistant/translator will be able to advise and assist individuals who wish to bring complaints against the international civil presence and the local institutions of self-government on a daily basis.
Given that ADA has initiated this project, and in order to ensure uninterrupted continuation of the OIK's activities until a final decision on the institutional framework of the OIK will be taken in the course of the year 2006, the Office in Gracanica is being supported to cover the expenses for office personnel and the running costs until the end of 2006.