Following the charges of organ trafficking in Kosovo made by Carla Del Ponte, in her book "The hunt: I and the war criminals" in the 2008, the Commission for Legal Affairs and Human Rights in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe appointed the politician of Swiss origin, Dick Marty, as his appointee to start an investigation.
The draft of the report made by Marty entitled "Inhuman treatment of people and illicit trafficking in human organs in Kosovo" which was approved by the 16 Commission on December 2010, will be discussed by Parliament's Assembly in Strasbourg's 25 January 2011. Reading the document of 27 pages realized by Marty, we wondered the author and his supporters have lived as hermits in the last twenty years. His report is basically a catalog of endless speculations and insults.
Marty's main concern is not necessarily allegations of human organ trafficking or the absence of a truly civil society in Kosovo. His report is a part of the set of concerted efforts of some European amateurs of Serbia, in speeding up the rehabilitation of this without first giving him the opportunity to experience a profound examination of conscience like the Germans or the Japanese, so as to compare his past and redeem it. Marty seems to believe that with Milosevic dead, Serbia is safe. Milosevic's disappearance did not mark the end of fascist politics in Serbia. Marty, together with those who support and finance his expedition of his kind of trader gossip in the Balkans, do no long-term favors for Serbia by telling them that in the numerous wars they have provoked in the 1990 years they have been quantified as much as their victims.
In order to exempt the Serbian victims, following the wrong example of his PEER as a Swiss citizen, and of Carla del Ponte, Marty is looking for Albanian criminals. Being the only non-Slavic nation that has not suffered as a result of the Balkan wars of the 1990 years, Del Ponte and Marty believe that it is simpler and more convenient to blame the Albanians.
Marty, apparently it is not favorable that the Albanian people, who have traditionally been ignored by world power, have now found a strong ally in the USA, Great Britain and almost all of Western Europe, and that the integration process of Albania and Kosovo is now a reality.
Marty is right to question the question of accusations of ill treatment of prisoners of war; when correctly documented, all those who have committed crimes should be investigated and punished for international law. However, Marty does not seem to know the sad truth that war is not exactly a walk in the park. Unfortunately, every war has its unhappy incidents, and what some like Marty preach about human rights from a comfortable desk in Switzerland or I myself to England with its green lands, has no relevance before the war survivors who saw women raped, their loved ones killed and people expelled from their homes because their only crime was that they were born Albanians.
Marty's main goal is to question (denigrate) the liberation struggle of Kosovo Albanians from Serbian occupation. This explains, because despite lawyer by profession, Marty does not take any prisoners. He ignores by choice the fact that the Albanians have not chosen to fight; armed resistance was their last option when it was obvious that twenty-year Gandhi resistance would never be an input to the conscience of Serbian colonials.
Apparently, Marty has a strong contempt for farmers who have resisted tyranny, as evidenced by his remarks made about the peasant status of Adem Jashari, who was killed by Serbian troops, along with his family, in 1998 in March. Marty's phobia about the "rustic" is disconcerting considering the contribution made by the farmer William Tell to the creation of the Swiss Confederation in the 14th century. Marty's low regard for Adem Jashari, William Tell of Kosovo, is linked to the fact that he was one of the founders of the Kosovo Liberation Army in the 1996. Marty is determined to present the Kosovo Albanian army from the beginning as a terrorist movement inspired and organized by criminal gangs. This explains why it makes no clarification as to the fact that KLA and other military units of the liberation of Kosovo have been validated by NATO allies in the 1999 bombing campaign.
Accusing, some politicians, including some former members of the KLA who rejoined the political world at the beginning of the 1999 war, who are corrupt Marty do not tell the Albanians anything they don't already know. Being corrupt from a political, financial or moral point of view in governing the Balkans and killing people with the aim of extracting and selling their kidneys are two completely different things. If Marty can prove his claims, those monsters who have been charged will have to be held accountable and pay the consequences. Although he can bring the necessary evidence, Marty has exposed himself to defamatory accusations by both both Albania and Kosovo, as his report seems to hit the entire Albanian people. The only fault that Marty can impose on the Albanian "criminals" of Kosovo is that for centuries they have dreamed of freedom and dignity, for which they finally decided to take control of their destiny in the 1990 years. Marty's hostile attitude towards the Albanians exemplifies the old colonial mentality of Europe that wants to see any kind of liberation a terrorist act because it results in a new geopolitical reality, which weakens the economic and strategic interests of the great powers.
Interestingly enough, Marty's irregular investigation does not go beyond Tirana airport, Rinas. Marty would do a great service to justice and human rights if his investigation goes beyond Albania and Kosovo. If really the extraction of kidneys from corpses was carried out during the war in the Balkans in the 1990 years one could believe that outside the Balkans they were gigantic containers used to complete this criminal commercial change.
According to the report by Marty, it is a tug of accusations against the Albanian people and an attempt to cause friction between the Albanians in Kosovo and between the two neighboring countries, Albania and Kosovo. The publication of the report only two days before the results of the general elections in Kosovo demonstrate the intent to weaken the democratic process of this country, to sabotage the international recognition of Kosovo and launch nails on the road to reconciliation.
The independence of Kosovo is justifiable on various grounds including its overwhelming homogeneity and ethnic solidarity. Together with all the minorities of Kosovo, before the war of the 1990 years they never reached 10% of the total population of the country. Taking this into consideration, Kosovo is located just below the level of the mono-ethnic societies of Europe such as Poland or Norway, and before Slovakia, not to mention the Yugoslav republics, now independent states, such as Slovenia, Montenegro or Macedonia. Centuries ago, Portugal was one of the first examples of a country that obtained its freedom for ethnic reasons among many others. As a new country, Kosovo needs all the help that international communities can offer to convince its ethnic minorities who have a future together. Marty's report will cause unnecessary anxiety among ethnic groups in Kosovo, especially among Serbs who, as historical events have long shown, are easily influenced by warmongers for religious and political reasons in Belgrade.
Rather than quickly approve Marty irregular, speculative, and his sensationalist report, the Council of Europe Committee on Legal Affairs must r
realize that Kosovo's independence is irreversible. The Albanians are not 'black sheep' that a Swiss senator can keep out of Europe. Europe has always suffered from a short-term memory span. It could be hoped that, like its more recent state, Kosovo will mark the end of European amnesia. Not to forget.
Published in English on Albania News the 4 January 2011. Original title "UK academic response on Kosova ORGAN TRAFFICKING" .Translated by AlbaniaNews by Adriana Maria Sincu.