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Avoid Formal Consultations in Parliament Minister of Justice Should Publicly Apologize to Non-Governmental Organizations The Albanian Helsinki Committee (AHC) appreciates the initiatives of Parliamentary Committees that, pursuant to article 36 of the Parliament’s Rules of Procedure and the important function of Parliament for parliamentary oversight, organize public hearing sessions also with civil society representatives. On
THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE AND THE HJC SHOULD REFLECT WITH PRIORITY TO THE BOYCOTT OF LAWYERS AND THEIR LEGITIMATE REQUESTS
From the moment the preliminary evaluation of the new judicial map was discussed, the Albanian Helsinki Committee (AHC) drew attention to the lack of an objective, comprehensive, and inclusive study of the drastic reduction of the number of courts in the country. Twenty days ago, the High Judicial Council, by decision no. 211, approved the
PRESS RELEASE – CALL FOR ACTION BY A GROUP OF ALBANIAN CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS
A group of Albanian civil society organizations, which are independent, non-government, and have a mission to protect and respect fundamental human rights and freedoms, condemn harshly, with pain, and indignation the brutal, military, planned, and treacherous Russian assault against the independent Republic of Ukraine. In these grave and difficult moments, our thoughts and hearts are
PUBLIC STATEMENT – Critique of Proposals for the New Judicial Map for Albania
In the situation of disturbing vacancies created in our judicial system and to fulfill the objectives envisaged in the new legislation of the justice system, the group of civil society organizations that signed this public statement appreciates in principle, as a very important process, the reorganization of courts and their territorial competencies. We consider that
PRESS RELEASE
On the occasion of Anti-Corruption day, on 9th of December 2021, Albanian Helsinki Committee consulted in a technical roundtable with the actors of justice system and representatives of civic society, the key findings and recommendations resulted from a professional, independent and constructive analysis of the activity of two Councils and courts with highest back-log. This
Civil society expresses its concern about the process of approval by the Assembly of Albania of ten draft laws linked with the justice reform package. The Assembly approved in its latest plenary session ten draft laws, in violation of procedures according to articles 26, 27, and 28 of the of the Assembly Rules of Procedure,
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CONSIDER THE POSSIBILITY OF EXTENDING THE VALIDITY OF VOTERS’ ID CARDS The media has reported several times that a considerable number of Albanian citizens, although the validity of their identification cards has expired, have not sought to renew them. TheAlbanian Helsinki Committee (AHC) does not possess official data on what the number of Albanian citizens
Press Statement
Official notification of voters in their places of residence is a legal requirement, according to article 52 of the Electoral Code Pursuant to its mission, the Albanian Helsinki Committee, conducted during October 21-26, 2020, an observation in 11 local government units of Tirana in order to find out on site whether the voters’ lists had
Press Release: Proposed amendments to the law on Albanian State Police weaken the independence of the judiciary and jeopardize the right to privacy
A group of civil society organizations, pursuant to their earlier reactions, upon becoming familiar with the draft law “On some additions and amendments to the law no. 108/2014 “On State Police,” submitted by the Council of Ministers to the Assembly of the Republic of Albania, published on the official website of the Assembly (part of
POLLUTION IN SPITALLË, DURRËS, CALLS FOR ACCOUNTABILITY AND ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAW BY STATE AUTHORITIES
The Albanian Helsinki Committee (AHC), based on complaints from inhabitants of the Spitallë area (Durrës Municipality) that as a result of the dumping of fishing waste to the drainage canal in the area, environmental pollution in their area being beyond any limit, foul smell (particularly in the summer) had become unberable thus affecting their health,
URGENT NEED FOR BROAD AND CONSTRUCTIVE POLITICAL DIALOGUE ON ELECTORAL REFORM
We are just a few months away from the June 30, 2019, elections for local government bodies. In the Assembly of Albania, the majority has submitted a draft for some amendments to the Electoral Code in force, while the Speaker of Parliament of Albania, in a meeting with reporters, referring to this draft, said that
5% FOR EDUCATION OF OUR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE!
Tirana, December 13, 2018 – Civil Society Organisations in Albania through this public statement express their support to the student’s demand for the increase by 5% of GDP of the education budget in Albania. Albania invests only 3.3% of GDP on education, far from international and regional standards. This low investment rate undermines the rights
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