• 50 thousand minors are exploited for child labour

    Albanian National Television KLAN, refers to CRCA / ECPAT Albania data, to raise concerns on the situation of child labour and child exploitation.

    The TV, in a special report on the exploitation of children at work across Albania, has brought with a loud voice the seriousness of the situation. The journalist Erikelda Dorezi also conducted an interview with the Director of CRCA / ECPAT Albania, Altin Hazizaj, who stressed the fact that "In...
  • 60% of children and youth in Albania are victims of online bullying

    International Cyber Bullying Day finds Albania still far from European Countries for Legal Protection and Endangered Services

    Tirana, June 21, 2019 - The International Cyber Bullying Day presents for Albania, still worrying statistics about the situation of children and young people. The National Platform data www.ISIGURT.AL shows that around 60% of the children and teenagers who have denounced, claim to be threatened by...
  • CRCA / ECPAT Albania asks Tirana Police Authority to investigate reports of sexual harassment of ado...

    Tirana, June 8, 2019 - CRCA / ECPAT Albania, officially asked today Tirana Police Authority to launch an investigation into two employees of the Tirana Municipality suspected of having sexually harassed several adolescents attending high schools in Tirana. Throughout April and May 2019, several...
  • Youth in Peshkopi to participate in decision-making and influence youth policies

    200 high school students in Peshkopi, will advocate and monitor local government for the implementation of drafted youth policies

    Peshkopi, June 5, 2019 – In the framework of the initiative "Champions of Youth Rights - Peshkopi”, CRCA / ECPAT Albania, with the support of the British Embassy and UNDP office in Albania, ​​held in Peshkopi an introduction meeting with the authorities and youth. The initiative aims to strengthen...
  • The draft-Youth Law proposed by the Government violates youth rights in Albania!

    CRCA/ECPAT Albania and the Albanian National Youth Network urge publicly the Government to withdraw from the parliamentary proceedings the draft Youth Law, which does not meet any requirements of Council of Europe and EU for Albania!

    Tirana, May 26, 2019 - CRCA/ECPAT Albania and the Albanian National Youth Network (ANYN), through this open public statement, urge the Government of Albania to immediately withdraw from the parliamentary discussions and proceedings the Draft-Law “On Youth”. On May 16, 2019, the Council of Ministers...

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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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