Dear Friends & Colleagues,   CRCA/ECPAT Albania wishes you Seasons' Greetings. We hope and wish for a new year with more optimism, better health for everyone and no poverty and violence against children.   This year, thanks to more than 1000 children and youth from all over Albania, we were...

Altin Hazizaj, elected member of ECPAT International Board for Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Tirana, 8 December 2021 - Altin Hazizaj, the Director of CRCA/ECPAT Albania, was announced as the winner of the elections to represent Eastern Europe and Central Asia on the Board of ECPAT International, the largest organization in the world fighting against sexual exploitation of children....

“16 days of activism against gender-based violence” stops in Devoll

Devoll, 2 December 2021 - In the context of "16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence", CRCA / ECPAT Albania, in cooperation with the Municipality of Devoll, the Gender Equality Sector organized two awareness activities with young men and women of the Miras Administrative Unit. The first...


Tirana, 25 November 2021 - In the framework of the implementation of the project "Promoting gender equality and ending violence against girls and young women in Albania", CRCA / ECPAT Albania joins the United Nations campaign, "Orange the World. END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, NOW!”. This campaign,...

International Children's Day, the Parliamentary Group "Friends of Children" is re-est...

Children rights bring together all political parties and MP’s of the Albanian Parliament!

Tirana, November 19, 2021 - Today, in a special session, in the framework of the International Day for Children’s Rights, which is celebrated all over the world on 20th November, the Albanian Parliament re-established the Parliamentary Caucus "Friends of Children ", after the parliamentary...

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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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