Instagram removes account for revealing destroyed Serbian churches in Kosovo
The account was part of a larger campaign called “No to Kosovo’s Membership in UNESCO”. led by Kosovo Serb students, who hope to refuse Kosovo’s membership in UNESCO.
âWe have sent letters accompanied by photos and videos that talk about the destruction of Serbian cultural heritage in Kosovoâ¦ to representatives of the 195 Member States of UNESCO. We organized a big demonstration in [the north Kosovan Serb town of] Kosovska Mitrovica against the accession of so-called Kosovo to UNESCO, âsaid Aleksic.
In addition, Students for Truth produced videos in Serbian, English and Arabic, showing the almost total destruction of Kosovo’s Serbian religious and cultural heritage.
An online petition supports the case.
Members of the United Nations cultural body, UNESCO, are expected to vote on Kosovo’s entry into the organization on November 9.
Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in February 2008; Belgrade still considers it to be part of Serbia. Kosovo’s admission to UNESCO requires the support of two-thirds of the 195 members, of which 111 have recognized Kosovo’s independence.
A country or territory does not need to be a member of the UN or have a universally recognized status to join UNESCO. Palestine, for example, joined the organization in 2011.
Darko Tanaskovic, the Serbian ambassador to UNESCO told Sputnik Serbia earlier that the ideology of “Greater Albania” advocates the destruction of vestiges of Serbian culture and tries to create a Kosovar culture that would appropriate everything. on its territory. More than 100 Serbian Orthodox churches were destroyed in Kosovo between 1999 and 2004, while the separatist territory was administered by the United Nations.
– Anja Petrovic (@NanaaaPe) Aug 13, 2015
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was founded on November 16, 1945; its World Heritage List includes 802 cultural sites of global significance. The only site recorded in Kosovo is a series of monasteries and a church, mostly dating from the Byzantine Empire. In July 2006, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee included the medieval monuments of Kosovo on its list of in danger, citing “difficulties in its management and conservation due to the political instability of the region”.
– Marko Jaksic * (@jaksicmarko) Aug 13, 2015