Osmani: Increasing trend of cases of sexual violence is concerning

President of Kosovo Vjosa Osmani said on Wednesday that the increasing trend of cases of sexual violence is concerning.

“Our country has already taken over a series of obligations to address the violence against women. The legal actions do not derive only from our internal legislation but in particular from the Istanbul Convention which we have unanimously embodied in our Constitution. These international pledges are not just declarative, rather they oblige us to play a more proactive role in the prevention, investigation, and prosecution of gender-based violence,” Osmani said during the presentation of a report by the EU Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo titled “Assessment of the Handling of Rape Cases by the Justice System in Kosovo”.