Despite its small size, Albania — and the some three million ethnic Albanians living in the former Yugoslavia — have been at the center of the upheavals that have been rocking the Balkans since the collapse of state socialism. Generally, Albanian minorities have been used as scapegoats — and worse — by many nationalist leaders in the region.Now, human rights activists say that Albanians in a number of cities and municipalities in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have been subjected to widespread military and police brutality. And Albanian activists here are charging a US State Department cover-up of the abuses.
• Shirley Cloyes, the Balkan affairs advisor to the Albanian American Civic League.
• Joe Dioguardi, a former Congressman.