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,
PRESS RELEASE
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
DIRECTORY FOR THE SECURITY OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION OPENS THE WAY TO TRANSPARENCY OVER DATA REQUESTED ON THE INTEGRITY OF SUBJECTS IN THE CONTEXT OF THE VETTING PROCESS
The Albanian Helsinki Committee (AHC) has monitored and continues to monitor the implementation of reform in the justice system and particularly the vetting process. In this regard, AHC has devoted special significance to transparency and the enforcement of access to information. On Feberuary 5, 2018, the Commissioner on the Right to Information and Protection of
In recent days, the Albanian Helsinki Committee (AHC) carried out two monitoring missions in the Prison Hospital (SIPS – Special Institution for Prisoner Services), Tirana and the Zaharia Prison, Kruja. The purpose of the monitoring missions was to observe on site respect for the rights of persons with mental health problems, placed in these institutions.
VERY GRAVE SITUATION IN THE DIBRA POLICE COMMISSARIAT
  Yesterday, May 8, 2018, a team of the Albanian Helsinki Committee conducted monitoring at the Dibra police commissariat in order to look on site at respect for the rights and freedoms of arrested, detained and accompanied persons. In fact, we did not find any. Being there, we verified the premises (rooms) where the arrested,
STUDENTS SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO DENOUNCE CORRUPTION IN THE HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM
The Albanian Helsinki Committee (AHC) has appreciated and appreciates positively the initiatives that have been undertaken and the legislation that is being implemented in order to guarantee the integrity, empowerment and independence of justice system bodies. However, corruption is not isolated. It is quite widespread. Many cases of corruption have been verified in the health
Opening of Negotiations
According to reports in the media, the European Commission, through a report on Albania that it prepared, decided to recommend the unconditional opening of accession talks for Albania. The Albanian Helsinki Committee (AHC) lauds this decision, hoping that it will mark another step forward in the respect for human rights and freedoms. This is a
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