• Protection of children from violence and sexual exploitation brings together institutions and CSOs i...

    Organised by CRCA/ECPAT Albania and Barnahus Albania, the Forum focused on identifying systemic problems in reporting and addressing cases of child sexual abuse and exploitation

    Tirana, June 30, 2020 - Barnahus Albania and CRCA/ECPAT Albania, hosted online this morning the 1st National Forum on Combating Sexual Violence against Children and Adolescents in Albania. Although Albania has made considerable progress in respecting the rights of the child, public institutions and...
  • AMBER Alert Europe welcomes Child Rights Centre Albania

    On June 15th, AMBER Alert Europe proudly welcomed its newest member Child Rights Centre Albania (CRCA/ECPAT Albania).  With CRCA joining, AMBER Alert Europe now brings together 36 official organisations, public authorities, and business entities from 23 countries to aid the search for missing...
  • Albania gripped by scandals of sexual violence against children in schools

    CRCA / ECPAT Albania, in cooperation with the authorities, take under protection the survivor of sexual violence and her family

    Tirana, June 15, 2020 - About two weeks ago, for the Tirana Police, after a report of a 15-year-old girl, it was possible to arrest a group of 4 people, including two sexual predators and two teenage boys, who had threatened the victim. For several months, on the outskirts of Tirana, in a secondary...
  • CRCA/ECPAT Albania submits to the Parliament and the Ministry of Justice amendments to the Criminal...

    Stricter sentences for sexual predators, new criminal offenses, including the establishment of the National Register for Sexual Crimes, as well as expanding the definition of child pornography – are some of the proposed amendments.

    Tirana, 6 June 2020 - CRCA/ECPAT Albania submitted to the Legal Commission and the Alliance of Women MPs of the Albanian Parliament, as well as to the Ministry of Justice, its latest amendments to the Criminal Code of Albania. The proposals come at a time when Albania is embroiled in a major...
  • Albania fully surrendered before the violence and crimes against children

    June 1 should be ironically named "The Day of mourning for children"! 66 children have been raped and 37 children have died between January 1, 2019 to June 1, 2020!

    Tirana, June 1, 2020 - International Children's Day, finds children in Albania in the worst situation of violation of their rights over the years. Only within the time limit 1 January 2019 - 1 June 2020: - 66 children have been subjected to harassment and sexual violence by relatives or have been...

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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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