• Albania should continue improving child protection and inclusion of persons with disabilities

    “The protection of children and inclusion of persons with disabilities has improved in Albania, but the authorities still have to address remaining shortcomings”, said today Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, while releasing the report on her visit to the country...
  • CRCA Albania: Albanian Government shall protect every child that denounces sexual abuse

    The Municipality of Memaliaj and the Police Authority shall provide immediate protection to the 13-year-old girl and her family, who denounced sexual violence by her teacher at school

    Tirana, 17 September 2018 - The Child Rights Centre Albania (CRCA) through this public statement would like to express its grave concerns on the apathy of the public institutions to provide protection to an adolescent girl in Tepelena, who few months ago denounced sexual violence exercised upon her...
  • ACE advocacy brings significant changes to support better education of children in Albania

    Thanks to the efforts of the Albanian Coalition for Education with the support of GCE, the Albanian Government will for the first time ever finance free schoolbooks while doubling the number of psychologists and teaching assistants.

    Tirana, 11 September 2018 - The Albanian Coalition for Education (ACE), with the support of the Global Campaign for Education, achieved a major success of the Campaign "6% for Education". The ACE campaign that started in 2016 required that the Albanian Government increase investment in education to...
  • ANYN open letter to EU: Youth concerns, must be an additional criteria for Albania’s EU integration

    Rrjeti Kombëtar për të Rinjtë në Shqipëri kërkon ndërhyrjen e komisionerëve europianë, Federica Mogherini dhe Johannes Hahn

    The Albanian National Youth Network asks for the intervention of the European Commissioners, Federica Mogherini and Johannes Hahn OPEN LETTER To: Mrs. Federica Mogherini High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Mr. Johannes Hahn European Commissioner for...
  • CRCA Albania: The harsh reality of Albanian families has made it necessary to establish a Ministry f...

    FACTS: Over 750,000 women and girls are victims of domestic violence; over 360,000 thousand children and teenagers are victims of violence and exploitation; over 100,000 children live in poverty; 182,000 young people are unemployed; Over 327,735 people in Albania live with economic aid; over 46% of convicts for crimes are children and teenagers!

    Tirana, 15 August 2018 - Through this open Call addressed to the Government and the Parliament of Albania, the Child Rights Centre in Albania (CRCA), one of the main organizations for the rights of children and young people, would like to express its position and proposal for the need to establish...

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By March 1997 Albania was in total turmoil and people had taken to arms across the country in protest against the corruption, an authoritarian government and lack of a functioning state. Seven years after the people had overthrown the communist regime from power, the country was still far from living in a democratic state, where human rights of all are respected.

Children were among the most affected from the violence and unrest that followed. Media reports claim that more than 150 children were killed accidentally by bullets and other types of ammunitions. It is under such a background that a dedicated group of lawyers, doctors and journalists, with a extensive working experience on human rights, decided to come together to establish Children’s Human Rights Centre of Albania (CRCA). This year we commemorate our 20thanniversary as one of the leading human rights organisations in the country and the Western Balkans.

20 years is quite a short and long time in the history of CSO’s in the Balkans, where there has never been a well-established civil society. Such an oxymoron can explain the works of almost every organisation working for children, youth and human rights in Albania and Balkans. Lacking democratic values, a strong education system, political elites and geo-political realities made Albania a “perfect” country for political experiments, which still today continue to affect the rights and the welfare of our citizens.

Much has happened to our organisation during this period too. One of the largest achievements of our work and so many other CSO’s, colleagues and friends, public institutions and donors, has been the great advancement of children and youth rights, despite that the country still faces the same challenges that faced in 1997...




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