• 2021, declared International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour

    CRCA: In 2025, in Albania no child at work!

    Child labour is a phenomenon that is widespread in the world. For its elimination, the United Nations General Assembly has decided to declare 2021 as the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour. It also recently adopted a resolution, in which it has asked the International Labor...

    During the last week, various civil society organizations have been following the protests of young people in Tirana and in the main cities of Albania after the tragic murder by a police patrol of an innocent citizen, Klodjan Rasha. The violent episodes that accompanied such protests and the...
  • Free Legal Aid Office at CRCA Albania: 34 children receive free primary and secondary legal aid

    In less than 4 months, since the authorization was given by the Ministry of Justice, children and juveniles have benefited from the free legal support of CRCA / ECPAT Albania lawyers

    In the last 4 months of 2020, 34 children and young people have requested legal aid and primary and secondary services, in terms of their access to justice in Albania and those of public administration. 1. He is 15 years old and he is burdened with 280 criminal proceedings. Has started to show anti...
  • The murder of a young man by the Police brings daily protests of teenagers and young people in Alban...

    CRCA / ECPAT Albania in a communication with the State Police called on to show care for children and adolescents participating in protests

    Tirana, 14 December 2020 - For five days, Tirana and other cities of the country have been involved in civil protests, due to the murder of a 25-year-old young man by a police officer. The demonstrations began with gatherings of many young people, including many children and adolescents, who...
  • BARNAHUS Albania: 31 children rescued from their sexual abusers and exploiters

    In less than two years, the number of children recovered and rehabilitated by Barnahus Albania, shows how important such service is for protecting children from sexual abuse and exploitation

      • She was only 12 years old and had been sexually abused by her 46-year-old stepfather for years. • The 16-year-old had not been able to escape the threat of her classmate for months, that he would show her sex-related video if she did not have sex with him and his peers. • The girl turned to 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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