Human Rights

 

Human rights, democracy and the rule of law are core values of the European Union. In view of the country’s European perspective, human rights and the protection of minorities play a central role in EU-Albania relations. The role of EU Delegation to Albania is to continue promoting fundamental rights and supporting their advocates. In this regard, the EU Delegation has three main missions:

Monitor the human rights situation
The EU Delegation collects, verifies and shares information to identify human rights violations, in cooperation with civil society organisations dealing with human rights. It maintains an active dialogue with the Albanian authorities on human rights protection and cooperates with other relevant international organisations, in particular UN, OSCE, and the Council of Europe, in promoting international norms and standards.

Maintain a permanent dialogue with human rights defenders
The EU Delegation consults and involves human rights defenders in issues related to human rights. It informs and assists them on the financial resources available and the means of applying for them. The EU Delegation is focused in understanding their needs to help shape EU financial assistance, and stresses the need for further cooperation among human rights defenders. The EU Delegation provides its political support to relevant activities and initiatives organized by the human rights defenders. In addition, the EU Delegation supports the work of national bodies for the promotion and protection of human rights. The Delegation encourages the Albanian authorities to guarantee a favourable environment for human rights defenders and to further involve civil society organisations in the policy-making process.

Provide support to civil society organisations
The EU Delegation provides recognition and support to civil society actors actively working for the protection and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Albania, including funding opportunities and public awareness activities. In this regard, the EU Delegation provides financial support to civil society organisations under a number of instruments. Information on funding opportunities in the field of human rights and strengthening of civil society is regularly published on the website of the EU Delegation.

 

To know more:

Human Rights in the EU
European External Action Service, Human Rights Section: http://eeas.europa.eu/human_rights/index_en.htm
• The EU Strategic Framework on Human Rights and Democracy (adopted on 25 June 2012):  http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdata/EN/foraff/131173.pdf
• EU Agency for Fundamental Rights: http://fra.europa.eu/en
• EU institutions and bodies dealing with human rights: http://europa.eu/pol/rights/index_en.htm

EU strategic documents for Human Rights in Albania
2012 Progress report  of the European Commission (the section on Human Rights is part of the Political criteria): http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/pdf/key_documents/2012/package/al_rapport_2012_en.pdf
2010 European Commission´s Opinion on Albania´s application for EU membership – Analytical Report: http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/pdf/key_documents/2010/package/al_rapport_2010_en.pdf
Local strategy for the implementation of the EU Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders (2010): http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/albania/documents/eu_albania/local_strategy_hrd_sq.pdf
Local strategy for the implementation of the EU Guidelines on violence against women and girls and combating all forms of discrimination against them (2010): http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/albania/documents/eu_albania/local_strategy_women_en.pdf

EU financial assistance for Human Rights in Albania
Funding opportunities: http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/albania/funding_opportunities/grants/index_en.htm
Overview of the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR): http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/how/finance/eidhr_en.htm

Albanian Human Right Bodies:
People's Advocate (Ombudsman): http://www.avokatipopullit.gov.al/?lang=en
Office of the Commissioner for Protection from Discrimination: http://www.kmd.al/?gj=gj2
Office of the Commissioner for Data Protection: http://www.kmdp.al/web/The_Commisioner_for_Personal_Data_Protection_1_2.php

 

 

Links to international organizations mechanisms dealing with Human Rights in Albania / Country reports:

United Nations
2009 Universal Periodic Review:http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/PAGES/ALSession6.aspx
UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, September 2012: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/crc/crcs61.htm
UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/cedaw/reports.htm#a (Country Report)
UN Committee against Torture: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cat/index.htm
List of all UN Treaty Bodies: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/Pages/TreatyBodies.aspx

Council of Europe
European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment http://www.cpt.coe.int/en/states/alb.htm
Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities: http://www.coe.int/t/dghl/monitoring/minorities/3_FCNMdocs/Table_en.asp#Albania
European Court of Human Rights – Albania Country Profile: http://www.echr.coe.int/NR/rdonlyres/16013AB6-1DB2-4300-9660-516F7FB47588/0/PCP_Albania_en.pdf ?
Commissioner for Human Rights – Special report following the events of 21 January 2011: https://wcd.coe.int/ViewDoc.jsp?id=1750237&Site=CommDH&BackColorInternet=DBDCF2&BackColorIntranet=FDC864&BackColorLogged=FDC864
Commissioner for Human Rights –Report following the visit in 2007: https://wcd.coe.int/ViewDoc.jsp?id=1327977&Site=CommDH&BackColorInternet=DBDCF2&BackColorIntranet=FDC864&BackColorLogged=FDC864

Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Presence in Albania
Rule of Law and Human Rights: http://www.osce.org/albania/43321

 

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Human rights focal point/ EU liaison officer on human rights defenders:
 
Mr Erol Akdag
 
Erol.Akdag@eeas.europa.eu
 
+355 4 222 83 20