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Long sentences for those accused of femicide in Kosovo

Pristina, Aug 4 (Prensa Latina) A man was sentenced to life imprisonment and another one to 15 years in prison for the murder of an 18-year-old woman in 2021 in Kosovo, a self-proclaimed independent Serbian territory.

The crime sparked protests against male violence in the territory that in 2008 seceded from Serbia, an action not recognized by Belgrade nor by much of the international community.

The young victim was subjected to severe psychological and physical violence that lasted for two days until her death on August 22, 2021, according to the sentence, but the two convicted men were acquitted of the crime of rape for lack of evidence.

The femicide in Ferizaj (southeast) triggered protests in Kosovo by women and human rights protection organizations to demand measures against male violence in the patriarchal society.

A 2019 survey by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe showed that 64% of women in Kosovo consider violence against women to be commonplace.

More than half admitted exposure to some form of assault at the hands of their partner, and most declined to report it.


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