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Ukshin Hoti

Ukshin Hoti (1943–1999) was a Kosovo Albanian philosopher and activist. Hoti was a professor of international law and later philosophy at the University of Pristina and founder of UNIKOMB, a political party of Kosovo. Since 1982 he had been arrested several times by Yugoslav authorities. In 1994 he was convicted to five years in the Dubrava prison. In May 1999, when his sentence ended and he was to be released, guards of the prison relocated him.[1] His whereabouts are unknown and many human rights activists consider him dead.

Life[edit]

Ukshin Hoti was born in the village of Krushë e Madhe/Velika Kruša in the Rahovec/Orahovac municipality at the time part of Yugoslavia. He studied political science at the University of Zagreb and the University of Belgrade and had postgraduate studies at the University of Chicago, Harvard University, and the University of Washington in international relations and political science.[2] From 1975, Hoti taught international law at the University of Pristina and held an administrative position at the parliament of Kosovo.

In 1982 he was sentenced by a Yugoslav court and spent three and a half years in prison for his support to the 1981 protests in Kosovo, although he was not charged with the use or advocacy of violence.[2][3] In 1983 Amnesty International declared him a prisoner of conscience.[3] On 28 September 1994, he was sentenced to five years in the Dubrava penitentiary for "endangering the constitutional order of Serbia".[2] On May 16, 1999 the day he was to be released, he was last seen alive by three inmates.[4] Rather than be released, he was transferred to the prison of Niš, and from then, he went missing.[2]

Work[edit]

Ku është Ukshin Hoti (Where is Ukshin Hoti). Graffiti in Pristina.
  • Cold War and Detant (Lufta e ftohtë dhe Detanti)
  • Political philosophy of the Albanian Cause (Filozofia Politike e Çështjes Shqiptare)
  • Talk through the prison bars (Bisedë përmes hekurash)

His works include the treatise, the Philosophical Politics of the Albanian Cause (Albanian: Filozofia politike e ceshtjes shqiptare), published in English in 1998.[2] He was also nominated for the Sakharov Prize in 1998.[5] His brother Afrim, a member of Vetëvendosje was elected a deputy of Kosovo in the Kosovan parliamentary election, 2010.

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ "Pan-Albanianism: How Big a Threat to Balkan Stability?" (PDF). International Crisis Group. February 25, 2004. Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Elsie, Robert (2004). Historical dictionary of Kosova. Scarecrow Press. p. 78. ISBN 0-8108-5309-4. 
  3. ^ a b Amnesty International report. Amnesty International Publications. 1983. 
  4. ^ Human Rights Watch (November 2001). Under orders: war crimes in Kosovo. Human Rights Watch. p. 245. ISBN 1-56432-264-5. 
  5. ^ "Official Journal of the European Communities". Europa. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 

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