On 17 March 2004, teachers led their students onto the bridge connecting north and south Mitrovicë/Mitrovica in a protest against the deaths of three Kosovo Albanian children who were allegedly chased into the Ibar River by Kosovo Serbs with dogs. Three hours later, six persons had been killed and houses throughout Kosovo were in flames as angry protesters made their way. The campaign of ethnic violence lasted for three days and left 19 dead, 954 injured, 4100 displaced, 550 houses and 27 Orthodox churches and monasteries burnt and an additional 182 houses and two churches/monasteries damaged.

In the wake of the violence, the OSCE Mission in Kosovo (OMiK), undertook a monitoring programme in order to gain an overview of the human rights violations that occurred in relation to the violence, including the responses (or lack thereof) from the appropriate authorities.  A number of human rights challenges have crystallized following the riots.

May 2004

The full text of the report is available here.