• Every three days a child goes missing in Albania!

    Albanian National Center for Missing Children held a human chain in front of the government building to raise awareness on missing children!

    Tirana, May 17, 2019 – Every year 120 children are missing from their families in Albania. Every day a child considers leaving or has already runway from home. These figures are an alarm bells, not just for the parents but above all for the public institutions and our society. The National Centre...
  • ANYN asks the Albanian Prime Minister not to approve Student’s Card without consulting young people

    The Albanian National Youth Network asked the office of the Prime-minister to immediately consult young people on the student card, after the Government publicly acknowledged that it had already drafted the decision

    Tirana, 20 December 2018 - Following the latest statement by the Albanian Prime Minister acknowledging that the government has already drafted their Decision on the Student Card, the Albanian National Youth Network (ANYN) would like to express its deep concern on the lack of consultations of the...
  • Albanian Parliament should urgently establish the Students’ Ombudsperson

    An independent institution for oversighting public universities should address corruption, sexual harassment, student complaints and quality in education

    Tirana, 21 December 2018 - Young people in Albania represent 25% of the population, and about 129,394 of them are students enrolled in public universities. However, none of them has anywhere to complain when their rights as a university are violated! The student protest, which today entered its...
  • In two years over 200 children reported cases of violence and online bulling in social networks

    The establishment of the National Safe Internet Centre in Albania has attracted the attention of the media in the country. Voltiza Duro, a journalist working for the daily Gazeta Shqiptare, conducted an interview with CRCA Director, Altin Hazizaj on child safety online. Below you find the entire interview and also attached to the original link of the interview.

    By: Voltiza Duro, Gazeta Shqiptare The number of children and adolescents who are becoming victims of sexual abuse and exploitation via the Internet is growing day by day. Over the last two years, more than 200 cases have been reported on the platform www.ISIGURT.al.  Altin Hazizaj, Director of “...
  • The National Youth Forum discusses for migration, education and employment of young people in Albani...

    ANYN and CRCA requires a National Youth Pact in Albania as a strategic enabler for resolving youth challenges

    Tirana, December 7, 2018 - In the framework of the National Day of Youth in Albania, representatives of the government, deputies, civil society and youth gathered in the largest National Youth Forum organized for young people in Albania. The Forum discussed youth challenges in the country, youth...

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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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