"Human rights issues included refoulement; endemic government corruption; crimes involving violence or threats of violence against journalists; and attacks against members of ethnic minorities or other marginalised communities, including by security forces", the report stated.
In December, Kosovar lawmakers passed several bills to transform the republic’s security force into a full-fledged military. Pristina’s armed forces are expected to comprise 5,000 active duty soldiers and 3,000 reservists. The 2019 budget for the Kosovar armed forces totals 58.5 million euros ($66.1 million).
In February, the director of the Serbian government’s office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Duric told Sputnik that the amendments to the Kosovo Security Force (FSK) mandate had violated the ceasefire agreement between the governments of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the Republic of Serbia, and the International Security Force (KFOR), NATO's international military force. The agreement, signed in the Macedonian city of Kumanovo, recognized the KFOR as the only armed force in Kosovo.
Kosovo unilaterally proclaimed independence from Serbia in 2008 and is recognized by over 100 UN member states. Serbia, as well as two members of the UN Security Council — Russia and China — and a number of other countries, do not recognize Kosovo's independence.