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International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

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My Initiative Activists want to draw attention to the recent initiatives undertaken by the institutions for collective memory of the last war in Kosovo, through symbolic action on the verge of the International Day of Missing Persons. We are witnessing a very slow pace and a much uncoordinated approach in efforts to create some form of collective memory of the last war in Kosovo. These initiatives are largely influenced and are directing social discourse about the past, and above all are paving a layer for educating new generations. Memorials raised by institutions, especially in commemoration of missing persons, remain an unsuccessful form of collective memory, which only contributes to the denial of truth. Electronic memorial placed next to the Assembly of Kosovo, remains incomplete since its inauguration, as well as the other memorial raised next to it which bears no inscription. These two, are the best indicators that Kosova suffers from a "culture of silence" about its recent past, largely based on the denial of the victims, particularly those belonging to other ethnic groups. In a country where truth and memory have ethnic character, initiatives for memory such as these memorials for the missing persons, instead of contributing to the alleviation of ethnic divisions, they become means by which the society denies the potential that they have in order to reach the truth and educate the younger generations. We, the activists of My Initiative, keep insisting that any shape of discrimination should be avoided during each initiative taken by our institutions which is associated with the remembrance and honor, not only of missing persons but of all victims of the recent war in Kosovo. Prishtinë, 28.08.2015