UNMIK’s partnership and support of Kosovo’s rule of law was recognized by the Kosovo Correctional Service (KCS) through an award presented to the Mission for its achievements in the development of KCS since its establishment in 1999.
A ceremony to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the formation of KCS, hosted by Minister of Justice, Mr. Selim Selimi alongside the Head of KCS, Mr. Nehat Thaçi, was held at the Ministry of Justice on 27 November.
In their remarks, the hosts highlighted UNMIK’s cooperation while highlighting the value of the Mission’s ongoing projects to support Kosovo’s rule of law through correctional services, especially during the pandemic when UNMIK provided personal protective equipment to court buildings and correctional facilities.
“I would like to extend my gratitude to the Head of UNMIK, SRSG Zahir Tanin, and the Head of UNMIK’s Rule of Law Office, Mr. Antero Lopes, for their continued contributions to strengthening the professional capacities of our services over the years and especially during the COVID-19 lockdown and restrictive measures,” Mr. Thaçi said.
Upon receiving the award on behalf of UNMIK, Mr. Lopes stressed the importance of a strong justice and corrections system for the consolidation of the rule of law: “Rule of law is governance with genuine separation of powers, equality, accountability, transparency, fairness and participation of all in decision-making, for stability and development,” he underscored.