• Save the lives of poor children of Albania!

    Addressed to: Mr. Ilir Meta, President of the Republic of Albania Mr. Edi Rama, Chairman of the Council of Ministers Mr. Gramoz Ruci, Speaker of the Albanian Parliament Mrs. Ogerta Manastirliu, Minister of Health and Chair of the National Council for the Rights and Protection of Children Mrs....

    FACTS • 120 women and girls killed in Albania in recent years; • Albania ranks among the top countries in Europe for the killings of girls and women; • 88.8% of women and girls in Albania are victims of violence; • 64.6% of them have experienced domestic or partner violence; • About 8,000 women and girls report incidents of violence in a year; • 90 percent of all sexual crimes against children are committed against girls; • In the last 3 years, 365 children have been gone missing, 258 of them girls; • 70% of child girls are persecuted by hate speech online.

    Chronicles of murders and violence against women and girls have become almost daily news in Albania. Just a few days back, two women were brutally killed by their husbands. Just 3 weeks ago a father, in of his children raped and killed his wife. Just a week ago, 3 other women were raped by their...
  • Child rights CSOs ask for the resignation of the Minister of Education in Albania

    The latest cases of child sexual abuse and exploitation in public schools in Albania, bring the CSO’s to protest in front of the Ministry

    Tirana, 14 February 2020 - The civil society organizations working to protect the rights of children protested this morning in front of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports on the latest incidents of sexual abuse and exploitation of children from teachers in public schools to ask for an...
  • Online persecution, threats, and blackmail against children and young people increased six-fold in A...

    CRCA/ECPAT Albania: 2nd National Safer Internet Report, an alarm bell for the Parliament and law enforcement agencies.

    Tirana, 7 February 2020 - The 2nd National Report on Safer Internet in Albania, released by CRCA / ECPAT Albania experts, during the 5th National Safer Internet Forum, shared some disturbing facts on the online incidents reported by children and youth during 2019. According to the findings of the...
  • Public educational institutions, shelters for sexual predators in Albania

    CRCA / ECPAT Albania and ACE: We demand a thorough and thorough reform of the Ministry of Education!

    Tirana, 12 February 2020 - CRCA / ECPAT Albania and Albanian Coalition for Education (ACE) are following with great concern the reporting that the STOP investigative show of KLAN Television did on the sexual assault by a teacher at a high school in Fier. During the show it was broadcasted all the...

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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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