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Besim Myrtezani
Ferdi Kamberi


Democratic governance has to do with the majority's will, respecting the rights of communities and all citizens' well-being. In Kosovo, the rights of communities are regulated by the constitution and legislation, which guarantee the special rights of minority communities. One of the fundamental policies of governmental institutions was about decentralizing local self-government, designed to facilitate the creation of new municipalities of communities and their integration into the local institutions. Our purpose was to search and analyze the level of representation of communities in the local institutions, legal mechanisms that guarantee their rights, challenges in putting the rights of communities into practice, and the political steps that must be taken to achieve so. The methodology is based on quantitative research with 500 (five hundred) respondents in three municipalities: Pristina, Gracanica, and Dragash, where 59% of respondents are male and 41% are female. The results show that about 55% of the communities are somewhat satisfied with the constitutional guarantees, and 38% are represented in the institutional life of Kosovo. Implementing legal mechanisms has allowed the communities to have higher representation at institutional levels and be part of Kosovo society’s integrative processes. 


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Myrtezani, B., & Kamberi, F. (2022). DEMOCRACY AND THE RIGHTS OF NON-MAJORITY COMMUNITIES AT THE LOCAL LEVEL IN KOSOVO. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs, 8(3), 47-62.
Author Biographies

Besim Myrtezani, Ministry of Local Self-Government, Kosovo

Besim Myrtezani holds a PhD in Legal Sciences from the Regional Institute for Development Studies in Skopje - University for Peace, established by the United Nations. He worked in the Municipality of Dragash, and now he is the Director of the Legal Department in the Ministry of Local Government Administration in Prishtina. He has also worked as a lecturer at Prishtina College “Pjeter Budi”. He is a certified trainer at the Kosovo Institute for Public Administration. He is the author of several scientific publications with impact factors in international and regional magazines. He is the author of the book “Encyclopaedic Voices” published by the Kosovo Academy of Sciences and Arts. He has participated in the drafting of many important laws in Kosovo. His primary interest is local governance and minority rights.

Ferdi Kamberi, University of Gjakova “Fehmi Agani”, Kosovo

Ferdi Kamberi is a doctor of sociology and currently is Prof. Ass. Dr. at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Gjakova “Fehmi Agani”. He worked in several University Colleges as a lecturer and was the Head of the Division for Public Communication in the Ministry of Local Government Administration. Certified in the USAID and AUK - R.I.T. program related to Public Policy Development and Leadership and Trainer certified by KIPA and GIZ in the Design and Management of Public Policy of European Integration. He is the author and co-author of several scientific publications with impact factors in international and regional journals. He is the author of the books “The Fundamentalism of the Great Monotheistic Religions and Globalism, 2016” and “The Dilemmas of Transition, 2019”. His research interests include social work and welfare care, research studies, deviant behavior, sociology of religion, sociology of family, communication and media, community development and local governance, and also other social fields.