UN urged to compensate Roma community housed on toxic waste dump in Kosovo

A human rights tribunal in Kosovo says the United Nations should offer financial compensation to the Roma community for the health impact they suffered from being placed on lead-poisoned sites after the war in 1999.

The Human Rights Advisory Panel has "ordered a public apology as well as compensation for material and moral damages and assurance that U.N. bodies will in the future not only enforce international human rights norms but live by them," said a statement from Dianne Post, attorney for the claimants.

Following the 1999 NATO bombing over Serbia's bloody crackdown against Kosovo Albanian separatists, the U.N. moved hundreds of displaced people from the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities to five centers north of Mitrovica built on a site previously used for toxic waste from a mine complex.