• CRCA/ECPAT Albania: Exhibition with Post-Earthquake Children’s Works!

    The drawing you see on our web site is the expression of a 7 year old child from the city of Durres, who on the morning of November 26, experienced with his family the earthquake anxiety and already heard that he has lost his home as a result of the collapse of the flat where he lived.

    Tirana, 29 November 2019 - Children from all over Albania have communicated with CRCA/ECPAT Albania to express their thoughts, feelings and experiences of the devastating earthquake that struck the country. Some children have sent us pictures of their paintings or drawings outlining their emotions...
  • CRCA / ECPAT Albania to start providing coordinated psychosocial and educational services for childr...

    18 children and young people latest victims of the destructive earthquake that struck Albania!

    Tirana, 29 November 2019 - CRCA/ECPAT Albania, in response to the devastating earthquake that struck Albania on 26 November 2019 that claimed the lives of 18 children and young people, among 49 victims and 900 injured, is launching its coordinated psychosocial services for children at the start of...
  • Albania joins the Council of Europe campaign on sexual violence against children

    The Campaign "Empowering Children to Prevent Sexual Violence" of the Council of Europe's Division of Children's Rights has signed an agreement that considers CRCA / ECPAT Albania as its partner in organizing European Day activities on sexual violence against children. This day, which will culminate...
  • CRCA / ECPAT Albania: Mr. President, don’t decree the Law on Youth

    Tirana, 5 November 2019 - CRCA / ECPAT Albania, today sent an open public letter to the President of the Republic of Albania asking him not to decree the new Law on Youth as it is in open violation of human rights protected by the Constitution of Albania and international conventions ratified by...
  • Young people in Albania: in poverty, unemployed and ready to leave the country!

    The National Report "Youth in Albania 2019" raises serious concerns on the ability of the Government to tackle youth issues

    Tirana, 6 November 2019 - CRCA/ECPAT Albania, the Albanian National Youth Network - ANYN and Child and Youth Policy Hub, with the support of the Albanian Coalition for Education-ACE, presented today the findings of the National Report “Youth in Albania 2019 ". This is the 2nd year that the report...

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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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