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 scandal in which a 15-years old girl was raped and sexual exploited by a school guard in the capital Tirana.
This is the fourth time that the CRCA has asked the Parliament to approve amendments to the Criminal Code on sexual offenses against children. The amendments seek to reinforce the definitions, law enforcement and penalties of several offenses, which have serious consequences on the lives, dignity, physical and emotional well-being of victims.
"The latest incident of sexual violence against a young girl, once again showed the need for changes and improvements in the Criminal Code, which we have been asking for and proposed changes for the last few years," said Altin Hazizaj, Director of CRCA / ECPAT Albania.
The amendments include addition of new criminal offences related to online sexual violence, increase in sentences for persons who groom children to have sexual intercourse, sexting to the child for sexual purposes, etc. The proposals also call for the creation of a National Register for Sexual Crimes, which aims to prevent meetings between sexual predators and children.
CRCA/ECPAT amendments were officially submitted to the Law Commission in the Albanian Parliament and to the Ministry of Justice, strengthen the implementation of EU acquis in Albania, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), etc. Also, these proposals are in accordance with the required standards of the Council of Europe in particular the Lanzarote Convention.
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