Kosovo war rape victims are still looking for justice

Vasfije Krasniqi Goodman was the first Kosovo woman to publicly share her story of wartime rape. She has recently spoken in front of the US Congress demanding accountability for wartime crimes.

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Why this story matters:

After Krasniqi Goodman's appearance on Kosovo's public television in October last year when she talked about being raped by two Serbian soldiers, her case has been reopened.

One of the reasons for the relaunch of the investigation was that "rape was used as a weapon by the enemy side during the war," Kosovo's Special Prosecutor Drita Hajdari told BIRN. 

At a hearing conducted by the US Congress, Krasniqi Goodman said the US should do more to hold Serbia accountable for wartime crimes.

"I will never have peace with my past until justice is delivered," Krasniqi Goodman told members of the Congress. 

Details from the story:

  • Vasfije Krasniqi Goodman testified in front of the US House of Representatives’ foreign affairs committee saying that the US should demand justice for victims of war crimes, BIRN reported.
  • In a TV interview for Kosovo's public broadcaster in October 2018, 36-year-old Vasfije Krasniqi Goodman spoke about being raped twice by a Serbian police officer and a non-uniformed man in April 1999. She was 16 years old at the time.
  • Despite the fact that she identified the two perpetrators, the courts declared the accused not guilty. 
  • Vasfije Krasniqi Goodman was the first Kosovo woman to publicly share her story of wartime rape. 
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