• 8 March: Abused at 8, with 43 court hearings and still awaiting justice!

    CRCA / ECPAT Albania: The High Council of Justice and the High Inspector of Justice must urgently monitor all the trials of girls’ victims of sexual crimes!

    Tirana, March 8, 2021 – The International Women's Day finds the O.L, a 12-year-old girl awaiting justice by the Gjirokastra District Court, while 3 years and 43 hearings have passed since the beginning of the trial. She is one of at least 150 girls and women in Albania, who every year survive sex...
  • CRCA/ECPAT Albania in the media focus during February 2021

    February, as every year, it is focused on one of the most important global events in terms of child and adolescent protection: Safer Internet Day. On this day, the National Platform ISIGURT.AL, Albanian National Safer Internet Centre and CRCA/ECPAT Albania, made public, for the third year in a row...
  • National Hotline ISIGURT.AL: 40% of reported porn pages are of Albanian children

    COVID-19 pandemic increases sexual violence and other online threats to children and adolescents in Albania

    Tirana, 9 February 2021 - On the International Safe Internet Day, ISIGURT.AL, the National Safe Internet Centre in Albania and CRCA / ECPAT Albania, presented for the third year in a row the situation of incidents encountered by children and youth in Albania, of reported on the National Platform...
  • CRCA / ECPAT Albania under media focus during January 2021

    At the beginning of 2021 the Child Rights Centre in Albania- CRCA / ECPAT Albania in its presentation of one of the most important reports in terms of its work and especially BARNAHUS Albania supported by CRCA. During 2019-2020, BARNAHUS has followed, treated, and managed throughout Albania 36...
  • BARNAHUS Albania: A higher number of sexual crimes against children are being committed by their p...

    A joint report of Barnahus Albania, Child & Youth Policy Hub and CRCA/ECPAT Albania shows that poverty is one of the main root-causes of sexual violence against children in Albania.

    Tirana, 29 January 2021 - BARNAHUS Albania and Child & Youth Policy Hub, with the support of CRCA / ECPAT Albania, presented today the Report "Analysis of the child protection system based on cases of child sexual abuse in Albania". This is the first time a report has been prepared and...

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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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