Ademi, Haxhi (2018) THE IMPACT OF THE 1968 DEMONSTRATIONS IN THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE ALBANIANS’ RIGHTS IN KOSOVO. PHILOSOPHICA International Journal of Social and Human Sciences, 5 (10). pp. 49-57. ISSN 2671-3020

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The paper treats the impact of the 1968 Demonstrations, which played an important role in later political advancements and the rights of Albanians in Kosovo. The demonstrations pushed the Yugoslav leadership to reconsider the legal status of Kosovo and on this occasion several concrete actions were taken. In February 1969, the constitutional law for Kosovo was adopted, which paved the way for Kosovo to have its own constitution. By law, the name "Kosovo and Metohija" as the province of Serbia, changed into the "Autonomous Socialist Province of Kosovo". On the same year the Albanian language was sanctioned by law as the second official language, in addition to the Serbian-Croatian language; afterwards the use of the national flag was legalized; while in November 1969, the Kosovo Assembly announced the law on the founding of the University of Kosovo, which would be implemented in February 1970. The aim of this paper is to focus on the possible reflections of the 1968 demonstrations, which were also a cause for the advancement of Albanians’ rights in the former Yugoslav Federation and as a result of this reflection the constitutional changes (1967-1971) followed, the Yugoslav Federal Assembly on February 21, 1974 adopted the new SFRY Constitution, and a week later (February 28) the Autonomous Socialist Province of Kosovo also adopts its first constitution, which defines Kosovo both as "an integral part of Serbia" and "constitutive element of the Yugoslav federation". However, this Constitution will never satisfy the will of the Albanian people, and therefore the illegal political organizations would not stop their patriotic activities for a single moment, in order to realize the goal and the major aspiration - self-determination and national unification.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
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Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2019 08:58
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2019 08:58

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