UNESCO: Help Pristina clean up its act and preserve Christian site, now turned into public dump/WC

Christian sites of worship in Pristina should not be used as public WCs!

 

UNESCO: Help Pristina clean up its act and preserve Christian site, now turned into public dump/WC

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UNESCO: Help Pristina clean up its act and preserve Christian site, now turned into public dump/WC

Over the last couple of weeks, it has emerged that a Christian chapel, located in a municipally-serviced cemetery in the City of Pristina, Kosovo, has been allowed - by the city - to be the target of a sickening type of vandalism.

The chapel, which had recently been renovated and cleaned, has now been turned into a rubbish dump and a public toilet.

The Orthodox Bishop of the Diocese of Raska and Prizren, Bishop Teodosije said: "It is hard and difficult to understand that in the main city of Kosovo and Metohija (i.e., Pristina), Christian objects are used as public toilets in the 21st century."

The Mayor of Pristina, Mr Shpend Ahmeti, later claimed that the municipality is not responsible for checking if religious sites are desecrated or damaged. But, apparently, the city services this cemetery and also provides a security guard for the same. So, in fact, the city does bear some responsibility for what happens in the cemetery.

However, a bigger issue, still, is the fact that the City Government of Pristina intervened in the recent cleaning of another Christian Orthodox church. In fact, the church of Christ the Saviour, which is in Pristina city centre, was in the middle of being cleaned, when city inspectors arrived, unannounced, and, without cause, put a stop to the cleaning.

On this issue, Bishop Teodosije said: "Such abuse of religious freedom is a disgrace for Kosovo society."

Because of these attacks on Christian heritage and dignity, this petition is now being launched. It is directed to Ms Mechtild Rössler, the Head of the Heritage Division at UNESCO, the UN body which seeks to preserve world heritage and culture. It is also directed to Mr Shpend Ahmeti, the Mayor of Pristina.

The petition asks that UNESCO begin discussions with the City of Pristina, to try to inspire a positive outcome, preserving Christian sites of worship from the type of desecration described above and from ongoing neglect.

Without entering into the historical or political discussion about the region's place among nations, it is fair to say that religious tensions have caused problems in the past. We would prefer to see a positive outcome, in this present case, rather than increasing religious mistrust.

Thank you for signing!

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

http://www.telegraf.rs/english/2386323-disgrace-orthodox-chapel-in-pristina-turned-into-public-toilet

http://www.politika.rs/scc/clanak/364831/Pravoslavna-kapela-u-Pristini-pretvorena-u-javni-toalet

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UNESCO: Please help preserve Christian sites of worship in Pristina.

For the Kind Attention Of:

  • Ms Mechtild Rössler - Director of the Heritage Division at UNESCO
  • Mr Shpend Ahmeti - Mayor of Pristina

Distressing news has come from Pristina regarding the preservation of Christian sites of worship, there.

This is a retrograde step.

Indeed, the Christian Orthodox Diocese of Raska and Prizren (of which, Pristina is part) has reported that two recent incidents have occurred regarding important sites of worship.

In the first instance, an Orthodox cemetery chapel, which had just been refurbished and cleaned, was recently vandalised and allowed to be used as a toilet and a rubbish dump. This is inspite of the fact that the cemetery is supposedly a municipal amenity (i.e., looked after by the city of Pristina), with a paid security guard.

In the second instance, when the Diocese recently decided to undertake the massive job of cleaning the church of Christ the Saviour, which is in the city centre of Pristina, the municipal government apparently intervened, with an inspection team, so as to prevent the cleaning from taking place.

The world is aware that religious tensions run high in Kosovo, but without entering into the history or politics of the region, we, the undersigned, are asking that the UN body, responsible for preserving world heritage, UNESCO, now enter into this discussion about the preservation of Christian heritage in Pristina. We are also asking the Mayor of Pristina, Mr Shpend Ahmeti, to help see that Christian sites of worship receive the proper attention and care they deserve.

Perhaps, there is a way for UNESCO to help Pristina's local government achieve a positive end (i.e., the preservation of the region's shared heritage). This petition, therefore, asks UNESCO to get involved in this particular situation in Pristina, as no-one wants to see the situation further escalate to religiously-motivated attacks, etc.

Thank you for your serious consideration.

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UNESCO: Help Pristina clean up its act and preserve Christian site, now turned into public dump/WC

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