2003 Report by the Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Theo van Boven

Information transmitted to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Kosovo

2014. By letter dated 22 September 2002, the Special Rapporteur advised the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Kosovo that he had received information on the following individual cases.

2015. Ahmad Sa’id was reportedly arrested at the Global Relief Foundation offices in Djakovica on 14 December 2001. He was said to have been handcuffed by Italian Kosovo Force (KFOR) personnel and taken to the Djakovica “KFOR Centre”. Derogatory remarks were made about Islam. At the center, he was allegedly hit from all sides by the Italian KFOR personnel. He was allegedly continuously beaten by Italian KFOR personnel, as he was taken into a very cold room where he was allegedly ordered to put his hands and forehead against a wall, and was then kicked on the ankles in order to make him stand with his legs apart. Bruising consistent with his allegations was still visible when representatives from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe visited him two weeks later. He was then reportedly forced to undress to his underwear and kicked from behind in his genital area. Ahmad Sa’id was then reportedly pulled blindfolded into a helicopter to be transferred to the custody of US KFOR. In detention, he was reportedly regularly woken up for interrogation at night after he had taken sleeping tablets. He had reportedly been unable to sleep without medication as he was suffering from the stress of being held in isolation, and of not knowing what was going to happen to him. Ahmad Sa’id reportedly made a statement to US KFOR personnel indicating that he had been illtreated by members of Italian KFOR during his arrest.

2016. Imtiaz Mir and Dr Abdul Raqiz were reportedly also subjected to illtreatment by Italian UNMIK personnel. Both men were said to have been blindfolded during the helicopter flight to the detention facility. Both were said to have suffered from anxiety and insecurity about their personal situation and concern for their families, heightened by their isolation. They were reportedly unable to eat and received medical treatment for anxiety.

Information transmitted to the Rassemblement congolais pour la démocratie-Goma (RCD-Goma) Contents

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