Tirana, September 16, 2020 - Experts of the Free Legal Aid Office For Vulnerable Children and Youth of CRCA/ECPAT Albania, after several months of intensive work, have finally prepared for consultation the draft law "On the National Register of Sex Offenders in Albania”, which aims to prevent crimes and sexual violence against children and young people in Albania, by establishing the National register and monitoring the movements of the convicted pedophiles. The draft is based on best practices of several countries, such as France, UK, Canada, Ireland, USA and northern Macedonia.
The registry, in addition to the prevention of sexual crimes, also sets out responsibilities for several public institutions, as well as any public or private organisations, that work with / for children. All convicted sex offenders will be automatically registered, while persons who have not committed crimes but who consider themselves as pedophiles, will have the right to self-declare in the Register as pedophiles and will benefit from free of charge social and psychological support programs, which will be funded by the Government and implemented jointly with NGOs.
The register will serve to all institutions that work with and for children to eliminate the employment of pedophiles in environments where there are children, while the law itself has a strong social and preventive character, enabling every person who is a pedophile to avoid committing crimes against children and young people. On the other hand, all those who have committed sexual crimes against children and who do not want to attend rehabilitation programs, will have to report their data and movements to the police.
CRCA/ ECPAT Albania is in the phase of exploring the possibilities to bring the initiative for approval to the Albanian Parliament as a proposal of a single member of a group of MPs. While in the coming weeks the draft law will be consulted with Ministries, state institutions, civil society and child rights experts, to further improve its content.
At least 1 in 10 children in Albania is a victim of sexual violence online or in everyday life. The most serious events reported recently, show that there is a serious lack of awareness among parents. CRCA / ECPAT Albania's 10-year study on sexual crimes found that the justice system manages to sentence only up to 43 percent of reported sexual crimes against children, leaving majority of children and adolescents without justice.
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