• ECPAT Albania endorses Berlin Declaration on "Transforming Tourism"

    50 civile organizations and over 500 personalities from 19 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, have endorsed the Berlin Declaration on “Transforming Tourism", which will not only encourage and support information and debates on tourism development, but it will also require concrete...
  • The National Center for Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Juveniles in Conflict with the Law estab...

    Albania is moving towards building consolidated alternative services for children and young people in conflict with the law

    Tirana, 22 September 2020 - CRCA/ECPAT Albania announced today the openning to the public of the National Center for Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Juveniles in Conflict with the Law (ACRJ), which will make possible in addition to providing consolidated alternative services such as information...
  • Children and young people in conflict with the law, have an alternative service from CRCA/ECPAT Alba...

    The program "Hope for children and young people in conflict with the law in Albania" strengthens the services for them in the unit of Tirana!

    Tirana, 19 September 2020 – Child Rights Centre - CRCA/ECPAT Albania, since 1999 has provided free primary and secondary legal aid to children and young people in conflict with the law and since 2011 has been licensed to provide specialized services in community and national level, while have 24...
  • CRCA/ECPAT ALBANIA: POLICE IN FIER VIOLATE JUVENILE JUSTICE CODE

    During the escort and subsequent interview of a 12-year-old girl allegedly in conflict with the law, Police officials in the southern city of Fier completely disrespected the basic rights of children in criminal proceedings, guaranteed by the Constitution, the Criminal Code, the Juveniles Code and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

    Tirana 18 September 2020 - Through this Public Statement, CRCA/ECPAT Albania would like to express our serious concern on the violation of legal procedures during the escort of a 12-year-old girl to the premises of the Fier Police Directorate by police officers. Three days ago, an investigative TV...
  • CRCA/ECPAT ALBANIA: DRAFT-LAW ON SEX OFFENDERS TO BE CONSULTED WITH INSTITUTIONS AND NGOs

    Experts of the Free Legal Aid Office for Vulnerable Children and Youth in Albania (FLA), after months of intensive work are ready to present the draft law on sex offenders in Albania!

    Tirana, September 16, 2020 - Experts of the Free Legal Aid Office For Vulnerable Children and Youth of CRCA/ECPAT Albania, after several months of intensive work, have finally prepared for consultation the draft law "On the National Register of Sex Offenders in Albania”, which aims to prevent...

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20th ANNIVERSARY OF CRCA ALBANIA

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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