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Switzerland: 1) Information on social clubs in Zurich operated for ethnic Albanians from Yugoslavia and Albania and their association with political or dissident groups; 2) Information on Grvala/Gervala/Gervalla

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 April 1992
Citation / Document Symbol CHE10559
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Switzerland: 1) Information on social clubs in Zurich operated for ethnic Albanians from Yugoslavia and Albania and their association with political or dissident groups; 2) Information on Grvala/Gervala/Gervalla, 1 April 1992, CHE10559, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6abdc58.html [accessed 21 November 2018]
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1. There is no information currently available to the IRBDC which is specific to social clubs in Zurich operated for ethnic Albanians from Yugoslavia and Albania. However, the attached articles indicate that there are a number of ethnic Albanians in Switzerland who have actively demonstrated against the government of Yugoslavia's treatment of Albanians in Kosovo, a province of Yugoslavia (Reuters 2 June 1990; Ibid. 1 July 1989; Ibid. 3 March 1988; BBC Summary 5 Sept. 1989; Ibid. 15 April 1988; Amnesty International 1985, 50).

2. Various reports indicate that Jusuf and Bardhosh Gervalla, ethnic Albanians from Yugoslavia, were political activists living abroad who supported independence for Kosovo (Reuters 18 Jan. 1982; BBC Summary 18 June 1986; Ibid. 19 July 1982; Rullman 1981, 72). The Gervalla brothers were murdered in January 1982 (Amnesty International 1985, 50; Reuters 18 Jan. 1982; Rullman 1981, 72; BBC Summary 19 July 1982; Ibid. 21 Jan. 1982). For further details, please see the attached articles.

References

Amnesty International. 1985. Yugoslavia: Prisoners of Conscience. (AI Index: EUR 48/20/85). London: Amnesty International Publications.

BBC Summary of World Broadcasts. 5 September 1989. "Ethnic Albanians Demonstrate in Zurich for Kosovo Independence." (NEXIS)

. 15 April 1988. "Anti-Yugoslav Demonstrations by Kosovo Albanians in Switzerland." (NEXIS)

. 18 June 1986. "Two Albanians Sentenced in Prison." (NEXIS)

. 19 July 1982. "Pec: Trial of 'Independence' Group of Albanian Nationalist." (NEXIS)

. 21 January 1982. "ATA on Killing of Ethnic Albanians in the FRG." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 2 June 1990. BC Cycle. "5,000 Albanians Demonstrate for More Autonomy For Kosovo." (NEXIS)

. 1 July 1989. AM Cycle. "Ethnic Albanians March in Switzerland to Press Kosovo Demands." (NEXIS)

. 3 March 1988. AM Cycle. "Yugoslavia Protests to Switzerland Over Arrest." (NEXIS)

. 18 January 1982. PM Cycle. "Exiles." (NEXIS)

Rullman, H.P. 1981. Assassinations Commissioned by Belgrade (Translated by Dr. Zdenka Palic-Kusan). Hamburg: Ost-Dienst.

Attachments

Amnesty International. 1985. Yugoslavia: Prisoners of Conscience. (AI Index: EUR 48/20/85). London: Amnesty International Publications.

BBC Summary of World Broadcasts. 5 September 1989. "Ethnic Albanians Demonstrate in Zurich for Kosovo Independence." (NEXIS)

. 15 April 1988. "Anti-Yugoslav Demonstrations by Kosovo Albanians in Switzerland." (NEXIS)

. 21 January 1982. "ATA on Killing of Ethnic Albanians in the FRG." (NEXIS) Reuters. 2 June 1990. BC Cycle. "5,000 Albanians Demonstrate for More Autonomy For Kosovo." (NEXIS)

. 1 July 1989. AM Cycle. "Ethnic Albanians March in Switzerland to Press Kosovo Demands." (NEXIS)

. 3 March 1988. AM Cycle. "Yugoslavia Protests to Switzerland Over Arrest." (NEXIS)

. 18 January 1982. PM Cycle. "Exiles." (NEXIS)

Rullman, H.P. 1981. Assassinations Commissioned by Belgrade (Translated by Dr. Zdenka Palic-Kusan). Hamburg: Ost-Dienst.

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