INFORMING THE PUBLIC AND TRANSPARENCY TO CITIZENS – IMPORTANT DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES
The pages of daily newspaper “Shqiptarja.com” during August of this year have featured data about the assets of those subjects that, pursuant to law no. 9049, dated 10.06.2003 “On the declaration and audit of assets, financial liabilities of elected officials and some public servants (amended),” are obliged to declare their assets. The Albanian Helsinki Committee
The Albanian Helsinki Committee (AHC) has continuously monitored the respect for the rights of inmates and detainees. Based on the findings and conclusions of such monitoring, AHC has provided suggestions on how to improve the situation and in, certain instances, has also reacted publicly. For AHC, it is disturbing that within a relatively short time,
The Albanian Helsinki Committee (AHC) has followed the discussion and debate in the Tirana Municipal Council regarding the increase in water price tariffs. AHC may not analyze, assess or reach a conclusion on whether it is necessary to increase the price of water. The resolution of this issue, in our opinion, requires a study of
PRESS CONFERENCE FOR THE PRESENTATION OF THE FINDINGS AND PRELIMINARY CONCLUSIONS OF THE PARTIAL MONITORING OF THE PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS OF JUNE 25, 2017
The Albanian Helsinki Committee (AHC) partially monitored the electoral process on the voting day and continues to monitor the vote counting process for the parliamentary elections of June 25, 2017. A total of 160 observers accredited by the CEC conducted the monitoring, which extended over 11 ZEACs and 154 voting centers in 9 districts of
CENTRAL ELECTION COMMISSION IS THE HIGHEST BODY FOR ELECTORAL ADMINISTRATION
The Albanian Helsinki Committee (AHC) expresses its appreciation for the positive work of the CEC pursuant to the Electoral Code. The Central Election Commission (CEC) has worked intensively and is seriously engaged to resolve some important problems. Nevertheless, we express our concern that based not only on information from the Albanian Helsinki Committee, but also
PREVENT INCIDENTS, RESPECT ELECTORAL SILENCE
According to notifications by observers of the Albanian Helsinki Committee (AHC), the voting process continues in the VCCs that they are monitoring. Preliminary monitoring data highlight that the voting process has been generally calm, while some irregularities have been found in procedures followed by electoral administration bodies at the local level, which highlight the lack
The Albanian Helsinki Committee (AHC) followed with concern the video footage published by investigative show “Fiks Fare” of Top Channel television. The footage showed the disturbing pollution caused by the burning of limestone furnaces in the villages of Borizana and Nikël of Kruja.   A few weeks ago, AHC observers conducted verifications in the villages
FAILURE TO RESPECT LEGAL DEADLINES OF THE ELECTORAL CODE
The Albanian Helsinki Committee (AHC) is monitoring important aspects that have to do with the smooth conduct of the pre-electoral process in the context of the parliamentary elections that will be held in the country on June 18 of this year.   Through the media, we have been informed that there are political parties that
In support of the U.S. State Department Report and for greater transparency for the public in the implementation of justice reform
The Albanian Helsinki Committee (AHC), appreciating and supporting the U.S. Department of State’s Human Rights Report on Albania for 2016, calls for reflection and effective solutions for human rights problems highlighted in this report.   According to the DOS report, the most important problems that infringe upon human rights in Albania, have to do with
DISTURBING SITUATION OF PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PHYSICAL VIOLENCE TOWARD CHILDREN IN THE PRE-UNIVERSITY EDUCATION SYSTEM
Today, on March 7, 2017, as every year, the teacher’s day is celebrated, the day devote to the educating personnel of schools and personalities. While part of this personnel enjoys integrity and works with dedication, professionalism and does quality work, the Albanian Helsinki Committee (AHC) notes with regret that the pre-university education system still includes
PUBLIC STATEMENT OF THE “JUSTICE FOR ALL” COALITION
The “Justice for All” Coalition believes that what citizens are looking for are concrete actions and a clearly expressed willingness by all the political forces and the constitutional institutions, in order to achieve an effective implementation of the justice reform and to conduct free and fair elections. Without these two very crucial reforms for our
AMERICAN CONTRIBUTION AND EXPERTISE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE RULE OF LAW AND IMPORTANT REFORMS IN THE COUNTRY SHOULD NOT BE IMPINGED
The Albanian Helsinki Committee (AHC), stemming from yesterday’s statement by the Prosecutor General toward the Ambassador of the United States of America, Mr. Donald Lu, observes with regret that this communication is neither appropriate nor healthy for the implementation of reforms in our country. AHC considers that the Prosecutor General, and any other prosecutor in
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