Tirana, March 25, 2021 - Today the one-month electoral campaign for the parliamentary elections opened officially in Albania. CRCA/ECPAT Albania, through this public statement expresses its concerns that even before the start of the election campaign, children have been used for electoral gains.
Albania has a long and terrible history of exploiting children for electoral purposes. There has been no election campaign by political parties in Albania that have not used or exploited children for electoral posters or TV ads, treating them simply as figurines, that look beautiful in ads or posters, but they have no voice, no demands or expectations vis-a-vis political parties taking part in elections. But this is not true! Children have voice, demands and plenty of expectations towards political parties, even though they do not vote!
TODAY WE ASK EVERY POLITICAL PARTY AND CANDIDATE TAKING PART IN PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS TO STOP EXPLOITING CHILDREN FOR THEIR ELECTORAL BENEFITS!
CRCA/ECPAT Albania calls on all political parties participating in the parliamentary elections of 25 April 2021: Be serious and respect the rights of the child! Stop exploiting children in your campaigns! You would not want to be identified as a party that exploits children!
CRCA/ECPAT Albania will publicly denounce any political party or candidate who exploits or uses children for electoral gains! If political parties take children seriously, we recommend to all of them to sit with children, talk and listen to them! You need to learn from children on what their concerns and expectations are. For this to happen, every political party must have a code of conduct and child protection policy in place, as well as a vetting all the candidates if they have been suspects of have carried out crimes against children.
At the same time, CRCA/ECPAT Albania will notify every institution that has the duty to monitor the electoral campaigns, to impose sanctions for political parties and candidates exploiting children. On the other hand, we recommend to parents, local communities, and the media, to become obstacles for parties and politicians exploiting children.
CRCA/ECPAT Albania will be throughout the campaign, the voice of support for every child! Report to our Legal Office any party or candidate who exploits children for electoral benefits!
For more info, contact:
CRCA / ECPAT Albania
Tel: 04 2265741