• CRCA/ECPAT Albania organizes New Year festivities for children in post-earthquake centres

    Our special guest the Albanian singer, Mariza Ikonomi, and over 100 children danced, sung and received gifts from Santa

    Tirana, 27 December 2019 - CRCA/ECPAT Albania and the Albanian National Child Helpline -ALO 116111 organized New Year's Eve celebrations for children who are living in post-earthquake centres of Marqinet and Shenavlash, some 20 km far from the capital. More than 100 children enjoyed, sang, and...
  • Albanian youth dialogue about justice, education and their participation in decision making!

    5th National Forum "Youth in Albania" addresses the most concerning issues of young people in Albania

    Tirana, 18 December 2019 - In the framework of National Youth Day in Albania, the Youth Resource Centre in Albania (YRCA) and the Albanian National Youth Network (ANYN) in cooperation and with the support of CRCA / ECPAT Albania, Child and Youth Policy Hub Albania and the Albanian Coalition for...
  • President does not Support the Law on Youth!

    On Youth Day in Albania, the Government and the Parliament are again in a situation of non-compliance with the Constitution!

    Tirana, 9 December 2019 - The Office of the Albanian President announced that it has not supported the Law on Youth! The rejection comes on a symbolic day, which coincides with Youth Day, delivering a strong message to the Government and the Parliament, stating that the current state of the Law on ...
  • Children across Albania write to CRCA about their Earthquake experiences

    Arbër and his fairytale: "The Tree and the Earthquake"

    Tirana, 3 December 2019 - Psychosocial support groups organised by CRCA / ECPAT Albania, who have been working for several days withinthe camps that were opened after the earthquake across several  urban centres, share another child story and his impressions from the earthquake. The experience...
  • CRCA/ECPAT Albania: Exhibition with Post-Earthquake Children’s Works!

    The drawing you see on our web site is the expression of a 7 year old child from the city of Durres, who on the morning of November 26, experienced with his family the earthquake anxiety and already heard that he has lost his home as a result of the collapse of the flat where he lived.

    Tirana, 29 November 2019 - Children from all over Albania have communicated with CRCA/ECPAT Albania to express their thoughts, feelings and experiences of the devastating earthquake that struck the country. Some children have sent us pictures of their paintings or drawings outlining their emotions...

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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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