HLC: The memorial plaque to the victims killed in the village of Luzane in 1999 does not include the names of Serb victims

Lužani autobus Niš ekspres
Foto: Dan veterana

Marking the 22nd anniversary of the tragic event on the Lluzhan/ Luzane bridge, on May 1st, 2021, a memorial plaque dedicated to the victims was inaugurated at the site, erected by the Municipality of Podujeve/Podujevo. The memorial plaque bears the names of 31 Albanian victims, excluding however 13 Serbian victims who also lost their lives in this tragic event, the Humanitarian Law Center Kosovo announced today.

“We have unveiled the memorial plaque with all the names of victims who perished in this tragedy,” the Mayor of the Municipality of Podujeve/Podujevo, Mr. Shpejtim Bulliqi recently wrote in a Facebook post.


Sot, në 22 vjetorin e ngjarjes tragjike të Urës së Lluzhanit, u bë përurimi i pllakës përkujtimore në shenjë të nderimit…

Posted by Shpejtim Bulliqi on Субота, 01. мај 2021.

Billiqi’s statement was condemned by the Humanitarian Law Center, which called for the names of all victims to be included on the memorial plaque erected in the village of Luzane.

“HLCK expresses its deep concern with the way the victims are commemorated, and particularly more so when local and state institutions contribute to the reinforcement of one-sided narratives, that put forward selective versions of history. The denial of victims on ethnic grounds is an insult to victims and their families and only deepens the divisions between communities in Kosovo.”

They sent a request to the Municipality of Podujevo to ensure that the memorial plaque correctly presents the events of May 1st, 1999, commemorating all those who lost their lives in that event.

HLCK also calls on all commemorative initiatives honoring victims to include all victims, regardless of their gender, race or ethnicity.

According to the data the Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) and the Humanitarian Law Center Kosovo (HLCK) have, on May 1st, 1999, at around 13:00 hours, NATO strikes hit the Nis-Ekspres bus, at the time located on the Lluzhan/Luzane bridge, heading towards Pristina. As a consequence, 44 people lost their lives. Among them, 31 Albanian civilians and 13 Serbs, of whom 7 were civilians.

According to the findings of the HLC and the HLCK, the following people lost their lives in Lluzhan/ Luzane on this day:

Ajeti Shefqet (1945)
Aliu Kujtim (1968)
Bulliqi Behxhet (1946)
Cvetic Milovan (1949)
Filipovic Bozur (1948)
Grujic Zivota (1964)
Ilic Miroslav (1961)
Ivanovic Vladica (1969)
Jakupi Ajet (1958)
Jakupi Ibrahim (1935)
Jankovic Miodrag (1950)
Jelic Vukosav (1950)
Jupolli Gani (1932)
Jusufi Mehmet (1960)
Kopalla Arjeta (1985)
Kopalla Fatime (1966)
Kopalla Fetije (1953)
Kopalla Florinda (1981)
Kopalla Mirjeta (1997)
Kopalla Xhavit (1984)
Kostic Bojan (1973)
Malinic Milana (1950)
Musa Drita (1977)
Musa Fexhrije (1970)
Musa Selman (1973)
Petrovic Marija (1984)
Petrovic Nikola (1982)
Petrovic Smiljana (1933)
Podvorica Bexhet (1960)
Potera Milazim (1958)
Potera Nurije (1967)
Qerimi Ibrahim (1940)
Ramadani Besa (1991)
Ramadani Besarta (1993)
Ramadani Besnik (1983)
Ramadani Bislim (1996)
Ramadani Fatime (1963)
Ramadani Gani (1928)
Ramadani Muzafere (1986)
Ramadani Rizah (1959)
Rexhepi Serbeze (1933)
Rrahmani Halime (1964)
Uka Adem (1947)
Vukadinovic Zoran (1972)



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