Igballe Rogova receives several phone threats, while LGBT activists of Libertas were violently attacked in Prishtina.
(Representatives of LGBT organization tonight at Stockholm, signed a support letter for Igballe Rugova and Lepa Mladjenovic after their fantastic correspondence was published at Kosovo 2.0. The letter of support was initiated by the European Member of Parliament Ulrike Lunacek)
Women’s rights activist Igballe Rogova has been threatened after publishing a strong letter in the latest issue of the magazine Kosovo 2.0, in which she spoke openly about her sexuality in a correspondence with the feminist lesbian Lepa Mladjenović, a correspondence that will certainly be remembered as the most beautiful in the history of feminist and LGBT activism in the Balkan.
Igballe Rogova: “Yesterday morning I woke up to a threatening phone call: ‘We will not let you lead the women of Kosovo.’ I had two fears. First, that the same hooligans would come and destroy the Kosovo Women’s Network (KWN) annual membership meeting (as they had threatened to do). Second, following slanderous and sensationalized press coverage (namely by KTV) of the Kosovo 2.0 event, that few women would dare to show up to the KWN meeting. I was afraid that they would not want to be identified with a lesbian woman, particularly in the negative way that I was portrayed in KTV.
In the meeting with the Kosovo Women’s Network she clarified: “After this call and after all the threatening text messages that I had received before, I called an ex-chief of the police, who ensured me that police forces would provide us with security. They even the investigation of the 38 threatening messages that had been sent to me. I have to thank the police for what they have done till now.”
Today in Stockholm representatives from 103 countries worldwide decided during the plenary session of the global meeting of ILGA World to sign a letter of support for the activists Igballe Rugova and Lepa Mladjenović.
Meanwhile activists for human rights have informed us that about 7 hooligans have entered in the offices of the LGBT rights organization Libertas in Prishtina. After destroying the entire office they also attacked several activists. One activist has been severely beaten, though is not critical condition. The attack has been immediately reported to the authorities.
/Contributors for this article: Myrvete Bajrami from Prishtina, Eugert Aliaj from Tirana, Kristi Pinderi and Xheni Karaj from Albania/