Tirana, 20 February 2021 - Fatjona Dhimitri, a Member of the Albanian Parliament, submitted the official request for the approval of the draft law on the establishment of the "Sex Offenders Register”, drafted by the experts of CRCA/ECPAT Albania.
In the official letter addressed to the Speaker of the Albanian Parliament, the MP states that she has exercised her legislative initiative towards the introduction to the Parliament for discussion and approval of a very important draft law which strongly relates to the current situation of sexual violence against children and adolescents in Albania.
The draft law was prepared by several legal and social experts of CRCA/ECPAT Albania, Barnahus Albania, as well as lawyers of theFree Legal Aid Office for Children and Youthin Albania. The first draft was made public few months ago by CRCA when it started the consultations with public institutions, child protection units and civil society organizations throughout Albania.
The Director of CRCA/ECPAT Albania, Altin Hazizaj, thanking the MP’s for exercising her legislative initiative, stated that "It is now the responsibility of all lawmakers to support our daily struggle to protect children and adolescents from sexual predators."
The draft law aims to prevent sexual crimes and violence against children and youth in Albania, by monitoring and controlling the movements of convicted or self-registered persons as pedophiles. It is based on the legal expertise and best practices of countries, such as: France, UK, Canada, Ireland, USA and Northern Macedonia.
The Sex Offender Register will serve public and private institutions, working with and for children, to eliminate the employment of pedophiles in premises where there are children, while the law itself has a strong social and preventive character. The draft law comes at a time when Albania for the last 2 years has been involved in a series of serious incidents of violence and sexual exploitation of children in schools, orphanages or by parents.
Raising awareness of children and adolescents on sexual violence, has led to increased reporting to the police, child protection services and those of domestic violence. At least 1 in 10 children in Albania is a victim of violence and sexual harassment online and in everyday life. CRCA/ECPAT Albania for the last 5 years has requested the establishment of the National Sex Offenders Register.
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